Traveling to Wilmington NC?
If you are looking to visit a city that not only has a ton of history – but some of the coolest suburbs in the country, you need to visit Wilmington NC. Wilmington has everything from history to beaches to some of the newest, most advanced new businesses in the country.
Wilmington is surrounded by water – with a variety of unique areas, all within driving distance of the Historical Downtown area. Starting with the famous Cape Fear River running through the center of Wilmington, to the sandy beaches of Carolina Beach to the natural waterfront of Kure Beach and Hampstead, there is something for everyone in Wilmington.
Places To See On Your Trip To Wilmington NC
Although Wilmington itself has a ton to see, there has been quite a bit written on visiting Wilmington. Our goal here it to point out some of the places that are easy to get to, while visiting Wilmington NC, that you may not otherwise hear of. All of the cities below are easy to get to and not a far drive in a rental car to visit. Each has its own character and style and reason to visit.
With their famous boardwalk, which commonly has has music, fishing, festivals and a multitude of events, Carolina Beach is a “must visit” if traveling to Wilmington. Don’t forget the beaches! With scenic white sand beaches as far as the eye can see sporting mulitple public piers and walking trails.
The bar scene in Carolina Beach is lively. With tiki bars to blues clubs, if you are looking for a great night out, they have you covered. Great restaurants with a focus, you guessed it, on sea food. For a place to sleep, you should be able to find a waterfront home in Carolina Beach with no problem for a reasonable rate.
Kure Beach is another place to stop by if you are in Wilmington. Kure Beach has many site seeing attractions such as the NC Aquarium and the Fort Fisher Civil War Museum. The city has a multitude of shops and restaurants. With a number of white sand beaches to choose from, you can experience them via bike or car. Kure Beach also sports its own popular boardwalk for just another way to enjoy the sunset while gazing over the Atlantic Ocean.
Kure Beach is a very family oriented city with multiple bed and breakfasts as well as family owned shops and restaurants. This makes it easy to find a short term, daily rental home. Many people choose Kure Beach for a second home or vacation home because of its family oriented, slow atmosphere.
If after all of the beaches, are ready to visit more of a “country setting” Leland is your spot. With multiple parks and a thriving recreational department, Leland is a great place to sit back and enjoy nature. One of the parks even features an extremely popular Movies in the Park experience. Technically part of the Myrtle Beach Metropolitan area, it is still not a bad drive from Wilmington. Featuring a small town charm, many people choose to make Leland their home base when traveling – because of its location. Being centrally located between the two tourist areas of Myrtle Beach and Wilmington makes it a great place to book a home and travel out to the more touristy destinations.
We have traveled to the white sand beaches, boardwalks and the slow town, now lets move to an island! Wrightsville Beach is one of the endured islands along the Carolina coastline. With its location being only a hop, skip and a jump from Wilmington, its another must see location. On your way there, make sure to have your camera ready since to get there from Wilmington, you get to cross a draw bridge. With tons of music, a great public pier, many watersports and awesome food, its worth the short drive. Because you are on an island, with scarcity of land, the homes for sale in Wrightsville Beach are some of the most expensive in the area with prices exceeding $500 per square foot!
Hampstead is the last place you need to visit if you find yourself in Wilmington NC. Located between Wilmington and Jacksonville its worth the trip. Hampstead is considered part of the Wilmington and has a population of less than 5,000.
For many people trying to visit the greater Wilmington area on the cheap, getting a house in Hampstead may be your best bet because of its proximity to Wilmington and plethora of vacation rentals on AirBNB – having Hampstead as your home base can substantially reduce your travel spend as opposed to one of the upscale hotels in Downtown Wilmington.