Daytrips in Wilmington, NC

There's so much to do in Wilmington, N.C., it's hard to imagine just spending a day. Enjoy the history and art museums, take a tour of historic downtown and the majestic USS North Carolina, attend a play, watch a movie being filmed, spend a day at the beach, watch a pro soccer game. The possibilities are endless.

Wilmington, NC, is the perfect getaway for families.   Start with breakfast in one of the kid-friendly cafes and restaurants downtown and a trolley ride that is sure to delight visitors all ages. Satisfy your sweet tooth with an ice cream cone before heading over to Orange Street for an afternoon at the Children's Museum of Wilmington. For an outdoor adventure, drive to Greenfield Lake, have a picnic and let your children burn off some energy on the playgrounds. At the end of the day, take a relaxing stroll on the Riverwalk and then have dinner as the sun sets over the Cape Fear River. End the evening with a chilling but educational walk through downtown on the Ghost Tour.

The Perfect Getaway for Art Lovers  
Art lovers are sure to find their heart's desire in Wilmington, N.C. In addition to the many galleries along Front Street and Water Street, the Castle Street Art and Antique District offers a large variety of fine ats and antiques as well as quaint diners and coffee shops. Take a drive to the state-of-the art Cameron Art Museum, the only art museum in the area, and tour its galleries and Clay Studio. Explore downtown's art galleries and wine bars to wind down the evening. If film is your thing, be sure to check out the Cucalorus Film Fesitval's office on Princess Street and EUE Screen Gems Studios.

A History Buff's Daytrip  
If you love history, Wilmington, N.C., is the place for you. Start your day with a visit to the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science and then head downtown to stroll the historic district's shaded streets, checking out the district's many historic homes and cemeteries. Stop at the Bellamy Mansion Museum, the Burgwin-Wright House and Garden, and the Zebulon Latimer House for a taste of the past. Take a water taxi over to the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA to learn more about this magnificent ship's role in WWII history. End your day with dinner in one of the many cafes and restaurants downtown.

ZipQuest - WaterFall & TreeTop Adventure Wilmington Daytrips
533 Carvers Falls Dr.
Fayetteville, NC
(910) 488-8787

Zipline through the woods, ascend floating spiral stairways to treehouse platforms and cross Carver's Falls on a suspension bridge on what USA Today says is one of 10 Great Ziplines: Zipquest - Waterfall and Treetop Adventure in Fayetteville, N.C. The adventure begins with an orientation of zipline basics, and then it...more about ZipQuest - WaterFall & TreeTop Adventure

501 C Roland Drive
Surf City, NC 28445
(910) 328-1621

Surf City, NC’s Belle of Topsail offers more than just a leisurely cruise on the water. A 45-minute shot north of Wilmington, the Belle awaits for your boarding and a journey through the Intracoastal Waterway. Day cruises include narrated tours of the area, wildlife sightings, pirate and regional history, and, daily...more about Belle of Topsail

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