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Parks and nature in Cape Fear River

Top nature recommendations from locals

Aquarium
“This is my family's favorite aquarium! it's agreat place to do anytime especially on rainy days!”
  • 111 locals recommend
Park
“There are miles and miles of trails that are flat & beautiful! Most of the loops are very easy & don't miss the Flytrap trail for the cool carnivorous plants!”
  • 61 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
Park
“Great park with huge new playground, free kid's splash park, dog park, trails, picnic tables with grills, basketball courts, baseball field, and a pond with ducks.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“One of the best things to do in Wilmington is to walk around our historic downtown. There are local shops, cafes, restaurants, bars, historic sites and more to explore. For the most part, everything is locally owned small businesses that are unique to Wilmington”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“Located just south of the hopping communities of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is a breath of fresh air for visitors who adore a little history and a natural shoreline. The 288 acre park features six miles of undeveloped beaches where exceptional fishing, swimming, surfing, and shelling can be effortlessly enjoyed, all summer long. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Garden
“Cape Fear Botanical Garden's boasts a beautifully newly designed and developed park house! Beautiful area for great outdoor fun, to please anyone from plant enthusiastic to trail walking! Enjoy! ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“Great trails for hiking, running, and mountain biking. Picturesque views overlooking the Cape Fear River. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Park
“Start at the bottom of Market Street and walk along the Cape Fear river on the newly renovated boardwalk.”
  • 9 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Park
“The park is a great place to walk and enjoy the day. There are swings, a disc golf course, Glennville lake and amazing paved trails.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pier
“Staff is really helpful - great for novices and fun to even just watch down at the end when the old pros bring in a big one! Small fee to walk the pier, you can buy a day fishing pass to fish off of the pier. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“The walk along the cape fear river is really nice. There are shops and restaurants off of the boardwalk to stop into as well.”
  • 6 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Park
“This park has a lot to offer. We have been to the dog park and walked the long, paved trail that goes through the park. There is a beautiful pond for a quiet moment and this is a great place for families and children with playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, etc.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“This is a great spot for so many reasons! My little kids love the new splash pad and the playground. The park hosts live music and farmers markets during the summer and they have public tennis courts! There is also a beach access just across the street from the park with bathrooms!”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“This has a walking and biking trail with a playground and covered areas to eat”
  • 3 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Park
“Fun easy hike close to nature. If you love exploring nature, this is the place for you.”
  • 7 locals recommend