Wilmington Information

Battleship North Carolina
A former battleship of World War II, the Battleship North Carolina is now used as a museum just over the river from downtown Wilmington. The ship museum offers a fun and educational tour where visitors can easily spend a couple of hours exploring the narrow passageways, stairs, crew's quarters, gun turrets, decks and more. Visitors can learn about the ship's history and the individuals who served it through various personal stories, photographs and mementos.

Historic District
Listed among the National Register of Historical Places, Wilmington's historic district is a must do experience. In this picturesque district, beautifully landscaped trees, shrubs and flowers grace the many historical buildings, restaurants and shopping boutiques. Visitors can explore the area by a walk along the river boardwalk, a boat ride, trolley or horse drawn carriage.

Beaches
Wilmington offers three lovely beaches for fun in the sun and water that include Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach. Guests can enjoy pristine beaches, piers, boat cruises, restaurants and more.

Airlie Gardens
Covering nearly 80 acres, Airlie Gardens is a breathtaking showcase of beautiful Southern gardens featuring thousands of camellias and azaleas as well as magnolias and wisteria. Other highlights of the gardens include a unique chapel constructed of colorful, old bottles and an oak tree that is more than 460 years old. Airlie Gardens also offers freshwater lakes, walking trails, wildlife and summer concerts.

Thalian Hall
Operating since 1858, Thalian Hall is a restored, elegant theater featuring hundreds of quality shows every year. Guests can enjoy live performances of plays, musicals, ballet, jazz, opera, pop and country music as well as a variety of films.

Fort Fisher Aquarium
Located at Kure Beach, the Fort Fisher Aquarium offers a wide variety of ocean life exhibits and touch tanks. Guests can view marine creatures like sea turtles, seahorses, sharks and lobsters as well as reptiles like poisonous frogs, snakes and alligators. Several touch tanks allow guests to encounter stingrays, eels, octopuses, jellyfish and more.

Bellamy Mansion
Built in 1859, the Bellamy Mansion stands out as a wonderful example of an antebellum home. Now a museum, Bellamy Mansion offers guided tours every hour beginning at the visitor center. Guests can tour the mansion and view exhibits of various art works on display. The outdoor gardens are also available for strolling and relaxing.