Wilmington, NC, Guide and Information

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Wilmington, NC Guide

About Wilmington

Located at the mouth of the Cape Fear River on the Atlantic coast, Wilmington, North Carolina, combines a long and storied history with beaches, vibrant nightlife and cultural opportunities, and a myriad of opportunities to play in the water. From stand-up paddleboard and surfing lessons on Pleasure Island, to enjoying live performing arts at Thalian Hall or the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center, visitors will find plenty of things to do in Wilmington.

The Map

You can pick up a free Discovery Map® at many locations throughout the Wilmington, NC, area.

Events

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Compass Pointe

The spirit of community at Compass Pointe is palpable in the huge number of activities our residents share. A quick peek at the Activities Calendar…

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  • 8178 Compass Pointe East Wynd NE, Leland, NC

Cape Fear Museum

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science's founding collection dates to 1898. Over the years, the Museum has grown and changed. It began collecting…

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  • 910-798-4367
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  • 814 Market Street, Wilmington, NC

Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce

Carolina Beach is a favorite beach for readers of AAA's Home & Away Magazine

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  • 910-458-8434
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  • 1121 N. Lake Park Blvd., Wilmington, NC

Battleship North Carolina

Moored in quiet dignity and majesty the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, across the river from downtown Wilmington, beckons visitors to walk her decks…

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  • 1 Battleship Road, Wilmington, NC

Coastal Massage & Spa

Coastal Massage & Bodywork is Wilmington’s favorite spa to visit for relaxing, rejuvenating, and therapeutic massage, facials, and body treatments.

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  • 910-208-4161
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  • 7205 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington, NC

Wilmington Ole Time Photos

Join us for a fun portrait session with family and friends, we offer wardrobe change. We are located downtown Wilmington.

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  • 910-297-1895
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  • 17 S 2nd St, WIlmington, NC

Front Street Brewery

Located in Historic Downtown, the Front Street Brewery is Wilmington's only Restaurant with its own Brewery. Our staff takes pride in offering fresh…

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  • (910) 251-1935
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  • 9 Front Street, Wilmington, NC

Waterline Brewing Co.

Tap Room & Beer Garden under the bridge a few blocks from downtown. Brewery Tours, games & free parking. Family & pet friendly. Wine & cider…

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  • 910-777-8955
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  • 721 Surry St, Wilmington, NC

Airlie Gardens

Airlie Gardens, a premiere garden of the coastal South features 67 acres of walking paths, formal gardens, seasonal blooms, mighty live oaks, historic…

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  • 910-798-7700
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  • 300 Airlie Rd., Wilmington, NC

Hells Kitchen

WILMINGTON'S PREMIER DOWNTOWN SPORTS PUB

As seen on "Dawson's Creek"

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  • 118 Princess St, Wilmington, NC

Cell Phone Repair (CPR)

CPR Wilmington is able to repair electronics with a variety of issues– from cracked touchscreens and water damage to computer tune-ups and more!

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  • 910-859-7694
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  • 802 Sheffield Court, Wilmington, NC

SurfBerry

We surf, SUP, & love healthy stuff! Visit WB's hot spot for cooling off with Smoothies, Organic Juice Bar, Acai Bowls, Cold Press Cleanses, & Frozen…

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  • (910) 679-8027
  • 222 Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC

Checkered Church

What's Inside? Some of the most popular AND some of the most unique gift and home decor lines you'll EVER see! All with a "beachy" attitude! Don't…

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  • 800 St. Joseph Street, Wilmington, NC

Dram + Morsel

D+M’s elegantly informal setting coupled with craft cocktails, and shared plates inspired by multifarious cuisine infuses the culture of community…

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  • 910-833-59996
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  • 33 S Front Street, 3rd Floor, Wilmington , NC

Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens

The Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens is a place 'where now meets then.'
A place where you can connect with history, take a guided tour of the museum…

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  • 224 Market St, Wilmington, NC

GEMS4U

 All Local Art - All The TimeMost Jewelry Made In Store GEMS4U has won the 2016 & 2017City Beat News Award for Service Excellence!We Custom Jewelry

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  • 10 N Front Street, Wilmington, NC

Wilmington Railroad Museum

The Wilmington Railroad Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dependent on the generosity of folks like you to allow us to preserve the

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  • 910-763-2634
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  • 505 Nutt St., Wilmington, NC

Kate's Pancake House

Voted Best Breakfast experience on Pleasure Island. Open Daily. Make sure you ask for our ;Famous Sweet Potato Pancakes . Check out the New Healthy…

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  • (910) 458-3663
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  • 102 south lake Park Blvd., Carolina Beach, NC

Golden Sands Motel & Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar

Luxurious, 113-room hotel provides you with amenities found only in much larger resorts. We have two pools, one outdoor and one indoor heated pool…

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  • (910) 458-8334
  • 1211 S. lakepark Blvd., Wilmington, NC

Tregembo Animal Park

Tregembo Animal Park is South Eastern North Carolina's oldest zoo. The Tregembo family has owned and operated the zoo in the same location for over 50…

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  • (910) 392-3604
  • 5811 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC

Casey's Buffet

Casey’s Buffet has become a tradition in Wilmington, NC. We love that folks stop by our lunch and dinner buffets to chew the fat and spend quality…

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  • 5559 Oleander Dr., Wilmington, NC

Anne Bonny's Bar and Grill

 

Floating on a barge along the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington, Anne Bonny's Bar & Grill specializes in calabash-style seafood, shareable…

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  • 910-399-7212
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  • 106 S Water St, Wilmington, NC

The Spoke & Wheel

We are a small bike rental shop located in The Chandlers Wharf shopping center in downtown Wilmington. We offer adult mountain and road bikes…

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  • 225 South Water Street Suite 5, Wilmington, NC

Best Western PLUS -Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach

Closest to ILM Airport. Free Hot Breakfast. Next to I-40, local beaches & UNCW!

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  • 5345 Market St, Wilmington, NC

TheatreNOW Dinner Theatre

A theatre arts complex and performance space featuring event driven entertainment with dinner. Box Office hrs. & current schedule on our website.

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  • 910-399-3NOW
  • 19 S. 10th Street, Wilmington, NC

Bring it Downtown

Bring It! Downtown and experience the Riverwalk, Live Theaters, Museums, Galleries, Ped Art, Tours, Shops, Restaurants, Bars, Cruises, Festivals…

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  • 910-763-7349
  • Market and Front St, Wilmington, NC

Ukulele Academy

120 Ukuleles in our Shop. Offering Lessons and accessories for you to enjoy the Ukulele.

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  • (910) 538-3419
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  • 203 Racine Drive Suite 205, Wilmington, NC

Food Lion

Food Lion, based in Salisbury, N.C., since 1957, operates more than 1,100 grocery stores in 10 Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. Our company…

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  • 6932 Market St. Suite A, Wilmington, NC

The Pilot House Restaurant

A Great Place to Wine & Dine in Historic Downtown Wilmington, NC!

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  • 2 Ann St., Wilmington, NC

Cape Fear Rum Cake

The Cape Fear Region is known for its legendary pirates who enjoyed their rum cake almost as much as their rum! We bake our cakes daily with the…

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  • 225 S Water St, Suite F, Wilmington, NC

RSVP Black Car Service

To provide Wilmington and surrounding areas with a car service they can count on time and time again. We aim to build lasting relationships with our…

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  • 2030 Eastwood Rd Suite 8, Wilmington, NC

Tavern Law 1832

Our cozy tavern specializes in locally brewed beer. Our 16 taps are strictly dedicated to the hard working brewers of Wilmington NC!

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  • 105 N 2nd St, Wilmington, NC

Black Cat Shoppe

The Black Cat Shoppe is an unusual, quirky, unique, cool and funny gift store. Defy the norm! Become a gift-giving-hero with our randomly inspired fun

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  • 8 Market Street, Wilmington, NC

Yosake

Located on the second floor of the historic Roudabush building in downtown Wilmington, NC  YoSake features the best sushi along with a full pan-Asian…

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Little Dipper

An experience you won't find at any other restaurant in Wilmington or Durham - unique, nostalgic and fun...FONDUE! The Little Dipper menu includes…

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  • 138 S. Front Street, Wilmington, NC

River Lights

RiverLights is a new master-planned community with three miles of the Cape Fear River frontage in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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  • River Road , Wilmington, NC

Cape Fear Spice Merchants

Locally owned Spice Merchants franchise offering spices, in store hand mixed spice blends, loose leaf teas, oils and vinegars, and gifts.

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  • 20 Market St, Wilmington, NC

The Ivy Cottage

Voted Wilmington's favorite Consignment Shop and favorite Antique Shop for 2017. That makes 16 years in a row!

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  • 3030 Market St, Wilmington, NC

The Husk

Downtown neighborhood bar that loves our new and regular friends! 
Always great prices and specials with an open courtyard and full bar out back.
TVs…

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  • 910-763-4950
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Museum of Bizarre

Museum of the bizarre is a fun fantastic museum of oddities and wonder fun for the whole family for all ages especially kids .

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Ocean Isle Museum Foundation

The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, Inc. (OIMF) is a non-profit organization with two facilities, the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium…

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  • 910-579-1016, 910-579-1016
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  • 21 East Second St. OIB,, Sunset Beach, NC

Dead Crow Comedy

Dead Crow Comedy Room is Eastern North Carolina's only full time comedy club, which is formerly known as Nutt Street Comedy Room…

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  • 910-399-1492
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  • 265 N. Front Street, Wilmington, NC

Seaview Crab Company

When the seasons, weather, regulations, or customer demand changes we seek out new fisherman and fisheries to roll with the tide.We have almost ten…

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  • 910-742-8611
  • 1515 Marstellar St, Wilmington, NC

Elijah's Restaurant

Elijah's is located on the Cape Fear Riverwalk - stop by for a meal and enjoy views of the river. A true American Grill & Oyster Bar with Outdoor…

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  • (910) 343-1448
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  • 2 Ann St., Wilmington, NC

Latella Gelato

A sweet spot on the Carolina Beach boardwalk. We make fresh, handmade gelato everyday. Our flavors change daily so check in to see what's available…

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  • 910-636-3424
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  • 11 Boardwalk Ave, Carolina Beach, NC

Fork N Cork

We've turned The Patty Wagon Food Truck into a bar/restaurant. All of your favorites, some new menu items and a full bar. It's Fork n Delicious!!!

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  • (910) 228-5247
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  • 122 Market St, Wilmington, NC

The George Restaurant

The George is the only riverfront restaurant in Downtown Wilmington, NC featuring "dock and dine". The menu offers Southern Coastal cuisine featuring…

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  • (910) 763-2052
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  • 128 South Water Street, Wilmington, NC

Cape Fear River Boats

Narrated sightseeing tours, dinner cruises & private charters on the Cape Fear River. Featuring the Captain J.N. Maffitt, The John Knox, and Jacob's…

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  • 910-343-1611
  • 101 S Water St, Wilmington, NC

North End Jet Ski

Jet Skis are life for these two. Houston decided to pursue his passion of having fun on the water by opening North End Jet Ski Rentals in 2011…

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  • 910-524-7457
  • 1112 S. Seabreeze Rd. , Carolina Beach , NC

Two Sisters Bookery

We are a small independent bookstore with lots of charm and warmth. We have great local and regional titles, unique gifts and a fun kids department.

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  • 910-762-4444
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  • 315 Nutt St, Wilmington , NC

Ghost Walk

The Ghost Walk began researching Wilmington, NC ghosts in 1978 and tours began in 1999. In 2009 the tour was named one of the Top 5 Ghost Walks in…

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  • 8 Market Street, Wilmington, NC

The Surf Suites

You will love the all-oceanfront suites with private bedrooms, complete kitchen amenities, comfortable living space and your own balcony or patio at…

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  • (877) 625-9307, (910) 256-2275
  • 711 S. Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, NC

Welcome Service

  • 430 Robert E Lee Dr, Wilmington, NC

GiGi's Coffeehouse and Hooka

Gigi's is a shop just as unique as you are. We adjust our atmosphere to fit your lifestyle whether you want to study, relax, socialize, or party!!!

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  • 910-399-5829, 910-399-5829
  • 413 S College Rd, Wilmington, NC

Studios at The Livery

  • 118 Dock Street, Wilmington, NC

Bellamy Mansion

The Bellamy Mansion is one of North Carolina's most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture. It was built on the eve of the Civil War by free…

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  • 910-251-3700
  • 503 Market St, Wilmington, NC

Belle Vue

Belle Vue Wilmington is the perfect space for every event. With about 2000 square feet it is ideal for small intimate parties of 50 or less. Our new…

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  • 910-297-6526
  • 27 Front St, Wilmington, NC

The Loft On Front

Perfect for rehearsal dinners, corporate events, holiday parties! The boutique venue is a perfect place for brides to get ready on their wedding…

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  • 27 N Front St, Wilmington, NC

Summer Sands Suites

Summer Sands Suites is a favorite with visitors to beautiful Wrightsville Beach because of its central location and its clean and updated suites…

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  • 9102564175
  • 104 S Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, NC

Island Massage & Spa

A quaint beach boutique Spa in Carolina Beach, North Carolina on beautiful Pleasure Island. Massage, Body Wraps, Body Scrubs, Sauna, Reiki, Mobile…

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  • 910-795-8561
  • 1206 N Lake Park Blvd, Suite G, Carolina Beach , NC
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