Located on the Cape Fear River, Wilmington's downtown is home to Cape Fear Community College. With it's population being a mere 100,000 people, it's a small and walkable city including the Riverwalk along the Cape Fear. One of it's most popular attractions is the USS North Carolina Battleship which is moored on the river across from the city. You can meander down the Riverwalk, eat at an outdoor cafe, take in the Battleship, pick out some chocolates at Kilwin's and shop in one of many vintage clothing shops. There's also shopping at The Cotton Exchange - cute little shops housed in an old cotton export company building.
If you need a coffee fix, stop in at one of the many Port City Java locations. And if you like to try a local brew when you travel, there's no better place than Front Street Brewery. Tours and free samples (2 free samples - let's not get carried away!) are offered from 3 to 6 daily. Give a Coastal Kolsch or a Port City IPA a try. If you don't like beer, then give one of their 330 kinds of whiskey a try! Or try the fried pickles! There's something for every one.
I haven't even mentioned how close Wilmington is to North Carolina's coast and beaches. It's a mere 20 minutes to Wrightsville Beach and it's coastal restaurants. There's Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, NC aquariums, Holden Beach, Bald Head Island and Fort Fisher. And that's not even the tip of the iceberg.
And don't forget about those film studio tours. I haven't done that yet and I still want to get to Airlie Gardens, 67 acres of historical, southern garden. There's lots to do in Wilmington. Or nothing but wander and enjoy. You choose.
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