Battleship of North Carolina
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is a memorial that was created in 1961. It is a completely restored and authentic World War II United States battleship that has since been designated a National Historic Landmark.
Visitors can tour various levels and areas of the ship including the berthing rooms, the bridge, the engine room, the communication centers and 9 levels of decks. Operating hours are currently 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. The last ticket sold at 4 p.m. Adult admission is $14. Location: 1 Battleship Road Wilmington, NC 28401 / Website / 910-399-9100
Airlie Gardens offers 67 beautiful acres of gardens featuring stunning live oaks, charming walking trails, seasonal plant life, local wildlife, sculptures, water features, historic buildings and more.
Hours of operation: Gardens | Open Daily, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m (last admittance 4:30pm). All tickets must be pre-purchased online*. Valid for any date and time, within our regular hours of operation. Includes parking, access to the grounds and featured exhibits. General Admission $9, New Hanover Resident, with ID $5, Military, with ID $5, Children, 4-12 $3. Location: 300 Airlie Road Wilmington, NC 28403 / Website / 910-798-7700
Enjoy almost 2 miles of boardwalk along the Cape Fear River while taking in the sites + sounds of local shops, cafes, galleries and more. Riverwalk, the area’s top attraction, is open all year. Public boat docks are available.
The boardwalk provides access to many popular attractions including the Cotton Exchange, the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial, and the 1914 Murchison Building. It also offers access to water tours, river boat cruises and the beautiful sunsets. The Riverwalk is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is free of charge. Location: From Nunn Street to the Holmes Bridge – Wilmington Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 / Website / (910) 520-6875
Masonboro Island Reserve
The 8.4 beautiful miles of Masonboro Island Reserve offers the longest undisturbed barrier island in southern North Carolina. The island can only be reached by kayak or boat via launch ramps in Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach.
Primitive camping is allowed. Other activities include birding, shelling, fishing, kayaking, beaching, hiking, and wildlife spotting – including Loggerhead and green sea turtles. The Masonboro Island Coastal Estuarine Reserve is located just off the coast of Wilmington, and is bordered to the west by the Intracoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The Masonboro Inlet separates it from Wrightsville Beach to the north, and Carolina Beach Inlet and Pleasure Island to the south. Website / Site Brochure
Wilmington’s Downtown and Historic District
Downtown is a dynamic, 24-hour destination that offers something for everyone. Shoppersdelight in the eclectic mix of locally owned and operated shops. Foodies savor a variety of cuisines served up in trendy bistros and down-home pubs during lunch and dinner hours. Office workers enjoy the ability to attend to both personal and business matters during the workday within a short walk of their building. Visitors appreciate the ambiance of our nationally recognized historic district during the day and in the early evening hours. Patrons of the arts appreciate theatrical performances offered on weeknights and weekends. Young adults revel in socializing at the late night clubs that are open into the wee hours. Historic charm and rich Southern culture meet modern design, new attractions and vibrant nightlife in Wilmington’s Historic Downtown and River District. But there are smaller, unique neighborhoods popping up and forming their own distinct vibe and character across the city that are not to be missed, too. When in Wilmington, be sure to explore them all to live like a local.