There are so many reasons to plan a vacation in Wilmington, North Carolina. My family first came here on an extended family vacation in Topsail Island. We rented a big house and celebrated Christmas vacation together. From there, we drove into downtown Wilmington and really fell in love with the city and the area. With easy proximity to the beach and a downtown culture, southeastern coastal NC is an ideal place to plan a vacation.
I know many families visit here while their kids are attending UNCW. Or they live in the NC and need a trip to the beach. Many people vacation here from out of state because it's easy to get here (RT 40 is an easy drive, ILM airport is super to fly in and out of) and there's a lot to see and do while on vacation Plus, there are a ton of great restaurants, awesome shopping, and, of course, trips to the beach any time of year.
A great way to spend your time here is to find a vacation rental in town. Look for a home that's walking distance to restaurants and shopping or a beach house where the whole family can convene. MasterpieceRentals.com is a website that our company just took over and it offers a place for visitors to find vacation rentals by owner all over the world - including Wilmington and coastal NC. Property owners can list their rental on the site get found by people searching online for vacation rentals in the area. Anyone interested can contact property owners directly. It's a really cool way to travel and experience an area.
If you're still looking for reasons to plan a vacation in Wilmington, here are some other things to do during your stay:
- Live Music, Theater, and Comedy - We have a vibrant music and theater scene here in town and shows are going on all the time. Check out encorepub.com or whatsonwilmington.com to find what's happening when you plan to visit.
- Wilmington Boat Tours - Explore our area by boat either on the Cape Fear River, the Intracoastal Waterway, or book a deep sea fishing excursion. We love boating here and suggest you get out on the water during your vacation. Visit wilmingtonwatertours.com or wrightsvillebeachscenictours.com to book a trip.
- Public Parks, Gardens, and Plantations - Wilmington, New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick Counties have beautiful parks you can explore. Some are free while others, like Airlie Gardens, charge admission to help with the upkeep. See our Wilmington Parks page to learn more.
- Historic Wilmington Tours - Explore historic Wilmington NC by taking advantage of a number of tours - narrated horsedrawn carriage rides, trolley tours, walking tours, and even ghost tours of Wilmington. These are really fun and you even learn a couple things!
As you can tell, there are plenty of things to do on a Wilmington vacation. And booking a vacation rental by owner is a great way to take in the city. Be sure to leave a comment to let me know your favorite thing to do during a Wilmington vacation and I can get it added to the list.