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Travel To Wilmington North Carolina

Updated on February 25, 2012

Gateway To The Southern Coast

When I travel to Wilmington North Carolina I consider it the true gateway to the south. This friendly city has a classic touch of southern flair that you'll enjoy. Many travelers will get here by flying into the Wilmington Airport. Big enough to support national airlines, but small enough to keep travel easy, relax, this airport keeps the travel stress level low. You'll see what I mean with the rocking chairs and record quick time for getting your luggage and then a rental car.

My favorite part of Wilmington is the 1 mile long downtown Riverwalk on the banks of the Cape Fear River. Cobblestone streets, horse drawn carriage rides, boat rides as well as restaurants and fun interesting coffee shops is what makes up this part of town. If you’re here in October check ahead and you can check out their weekend Octoberfest, its carnival atmosphere is a fun time complete with fireworks. Wilmington is a good base area to visit other areas from. Within an hours drive you have some fine beaches to the both north and south, as well as the classic Wrightsville Beach adjacent to the city, as well as Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Also you’ll want to consider a trip to Airlie Gardens. Here you'll find pleasant walking trails with inlet views and loads of flowers. During the summer they host a number of concerts-good family entertainment. South of Wilmington is the artsy town of Southport, a fun low cost way to get there is by taking your car via the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry. This will be a highpoint of your stay!

No shortage of fun here, you’ll want to consider; Doing the Ghost Walk Of Old Wilmington, touring the Bellamy Mansion, the Burgwin Wright House and the Cape Fear Museum. Also-be on the lookout-lots of TV shows and movies are filmed here.

Of course for history buffs, the USS North Carolina Battleship memorial is close by. You’ll enjoy the ship tour, as well as some events that go on during the year at the Memorial.

In 2008 The National Trust For Historic Presevation named this city as one of a dozen distinctive places to visit. You'll like the Wilmington area, low on skyscrapers but big on southern charm this southern gateway city will impress !

Video Of My Trip On Fort Fisher Ferry


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      Jennifer Fickes Luther 

      8 years ago

      I have done this many times and it is a wonderful way to spend the day.Going to the Ft Fisher Aquarium and just hanging out. My family has been vacationing at Sunset Beach for 35 years. Truly my second home. I for one will so miss the bridge. It makes Sunset. I will be down visiting the end of Aug./ 1st week of Sept. so we will be able to cross for the last time.

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      8 years ago from San Jose, California

      Oh, it sounds like such a wonderful place to visit, and one I will keep in mind, when my husband and I plan to leave our state and do some real travel.

      Thank you for describing such beautiful places!


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