With the world's second largest downtown historic district (only Rome, Italy tops it), Wilmington, North Carolina is one of the South's unsung vacation destinations. On the coast with a historic battleship, manor homes open for touring and a pedestrian-friendly shopping and dining area, Wilmington is quickly moving its way up the tourist radar. Its ... Read more
Cape Fear Serpentarium is a one-of-a-kind indoor zoo dedicated to all things slithery and crawly, where a five-skull and crossbones rating system points out which snakes could kill you the fastest.
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  • 9.8
    History Buffs
  • 9.7
    Family Travelers
  • 9.4
    Foodies
  • 8.4
    Adventure Travelers
  • 8.4
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Los Angeles, California, USA

A historic town that hasn’t quite figured out how to relate to its history. It could easily shoot up to a five star rating but could just as easily sink to a two star rating.

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Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

Wilmington is a hidden surf town- it is one of few NC beaches that hasn’t been plagued by tourism! A gorgeous, quiet and quaint beach- Wrightsville Beach!

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San Luis Obispo, California, USA

What a wonderful college beach town! Even though there are a lot of young people at the beach, there are also a lot of families too. Every street has paid parking spots available by the beach which makes it convenient. Visit the riverwalk area! There are a lot of neat shops and restarants you can check out.

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Local from Wilmington

Lots of history, dog friendly, plenty of outdoor spots to explore, and even more good places to eat! Then, there's the beaches!

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White Lake

awesome place for anyone looking to get away and see some really cool history

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Hampstead, North Carolina

This is a great place to go if you want to enjoy a day "in town" . Take a carriage ride, go on a ghost tour, enjoy 5 star restaurants. Great nightlife. And do not forget to visit the Battleship. Museums, gardens and more!

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The city of Wilmington suffers from urban sprawl but the waterfront is nice. Several nice restaurants and pubs. Take the ferry over and check out quaint Kure Beach and Carolina beach on the way for a nice day-trip.

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Troy, Ohio

Walk along the boardwalk in downtown Wilmington-a really fun way to spend an afternoon. You can visit a lot of little shops and take a boat ride exploring the river in the city center area.

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Check out downtown Wilmington on the Cape Fear River. Great homes, restaurants, shops and views. do the "River Walk".

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Good walking city, especially near the cape fear river. Lots of shops & restaurants. Good times with all the tours. Lots of history in this city

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