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Top recommendations from locals

Boat or Ferry
“USS North Carolina (BB-55) is the lead ship of the North Carolina class of fast battleships, the first vessel of the type built for the United States Navy.”
  • 97 locals recommend
Historic Site
“if you like nature then this is a place you can go for a stroll along the water. i like that I'm right in the end of the island. nearby is the Pier where the ship can take you to the other side of Myrtle beach. ”
  • 83 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This is our big art house in town. Its a nonprofit museum with changing exhibits in 2 wings. Half-price bottles of wine and open late (till 9pm) on Thursday nights. They usually have live music in the cafe or the performance space on Thursday nights. If you like slightly sweet whites, try their Chardonnay. I generally don't like Chard.”
  • 23 locals recommend
History Museum
“If you want to learn about the Airborne history and see a parachute hanging from the ceiling this is the place! It’s free to enter so go down there and get your learning on! ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Museum
“Don’t forget to check out the display on the Wilmington Film Scene! You could be standing in the place your favorite movie was filmed!”
  • 25 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Bellamy Mansion takes you back to antebellum Wilmington. It’s beautiful gardens and architecture is a must-see!”
  • 22 locals recommend
Museum
“Not To Be Missed - Wonderful For People Of All Ages! Pet Live Stingrays And Learn About All Of The Different Enviornment Around You At The Beach. ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Health
“You don't have to be under 12 to enjoy this! Let your inner child out and play.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Museum
“Small but lots of interesting artifacts to see. Good for children and adults as well. Free admission but donations are appreciated, as well!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“This is much more than you'd imagine! There are several trains you can go in as well as two HUGE interactive miniature train set ups. Learn the history of trains in the area.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“Home to some of the most exotic, rare, and deadly reptiles in the world. A neat little place to check out. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“North Carolina's oldest lighthouse. Buy tickets and take a self-guided tour. The view from the top of the lighthouse is not to be missed!”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“Historical site. They have a small museum and a good size walking trailer with informative plaques along it. Really peaceful and interesting way to take in the history of the cape fear river. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Museum
“Inexpensive museum that is so convenient. Not too big, but kids could spend hours using their imagination!”
  • 2 locals recommend
History Museum
“For $3.00 this was the best use of about an hour. The owner really has some interesting and curious pieces and exhibits. Workers were helpful and friendly, and willing to explain anything you may have questions about. They offer a lazer challenge for an additional 3.00 which i think some people would absolutely love. Overall, great small attraction and incredibly affordable. Something like this in Disney would have cost 50.00!!! Love that it seemed more about sharing the collection and passion than it did about money.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“For a small fee you can walk through the iconic USS North Carolina battleship used in WWII that now sits in the Cape Fear River.”
  • 4 locals recommend