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Things to do in Wilmington

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Boat or Ferry
“The USS North Carolina is a neat museum to visit because it allows people to explore a real military ship that has been decommissioned. It's also a good option because it works for families with kids age 4 and up, but it's also fun for couples or solo travelers. In addition, the ticket is relatively inexpensive. I believe I paid $10 for mine. ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“This garden is beautiful- especially in the spring when Azaleas are in bloom. You can park and walk around- so much to see and very peaceful.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“If you like Thai food with a flare of Chinese, this is the spot. They have a beautiful outdoor seating area that will make you think you’re actually Asia.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Want to get some shopping in? Look no further than Mayfaire Town Center. Home to dozens of stores and restaurants, it makes for the perfect location to shop and eat in a very tasteful setting! Right across the street is The Forum, featuring even more local restaurants and some great mom-and-pop boutiques.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Bar
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“Seriously this bar is super cool, and they have a back like garden-open area type deal with lights and corn-hole. + a stage where they usually have some great live music. All-around awesome.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Unique and ever changing art displays. Entry is inexpensive, but the experience feels rich. I love this place for art of all flavors. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Brewery
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“This historic brewery is in downtown Wilmington by the river. The food is great. Rumor has it, it may be haunted! ; )”
  • 42 locals recommend
Theater
“Our local Play Theater offers many different plays at different times of the year. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
History Museum
“Interesting, Beautiful home with original slave quarters that you can walk through.”
  • 28 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“I would say this is one of the finer dining options in town. Go on Sunday to the bar from 5:30-6:30 PM for the Beggars Can't Be Choosers small plates for $9 each (our favorite was the meat option) and Dealer's Choice cocktails for $8. So fun and creative! ”
  • 36 locals recommend
General Entertainment
“Weirdly large little amusement park with putt-putt, go carts, water slides, and I believe an arcade. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“This is a MUST visit. Dining is right on the beach, literally, and the food is SO GOOD. This is such an amazing place to go during sunset. Highly recommend. Sit outside on the deck, it is a must. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Bar
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“LUNCH/DINNER - Super touristy type recommendation, but it's still good. Be prepared to wait like an hour to get a seat though.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“One of our favorites! The best margarita's as well as chips and queso is delish! ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Museum
“A moderately sized local museum featuring everything from Michael Jordan’s high school basketball uniform to ancient fossils. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Hundreds of turtles to see, beautiful birds, and the occasional little gater. :) Magical looking park.”
  • 28 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Thai Restaurant
“If you like Thai food with a flare of Chinese, this is the spot. They have a beautiful outdoor seating area that will make you think you’re actually Asia.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Brewery
“This historic brewery is in downtown Wilmington by the river. The food is great. Rumor has it, it may be haunted! ; )”
  • 42 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“I would say this is one of the finer dining options in town. Go on Sunday to the bar from 5:30-6:30 PM for the Beggars Can't Be Choosers small plates for $9 each (our favorite was the meat option) and Dealer's Choice cocktails for $8. So fun and creative! ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Bar
“LUNCH/DINNER - Super touristy type recommendation, but it's still good. Be prepared to wait like an hour to get a seat though.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“This is a MUST visit. Dining is right on the beach, literally, and the food is SO GOOD. This is such an amazing place to go during sunset. Highly recommend. Sit outside on the deck, it is a must. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Taco Place
“One of our favorites! The best margarita's as well as chips and queso is delish! ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
“A lot of guests asked me to put this on the list. I still like Winnie's Tavern for a burger. But if you want to be in the middle of downtown and sit outside, this is a good spot.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
“Located in the old Halls Drugstore, Rx serves up delicious farm to table food. They have a great brunch on Sundays too.”
  • 34 locals recommend

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