1. Wrightsville Beach This island beach town is the birthplace of surfing in NC and known for its crystal blue waters. You’ll find fun activities on land and sea for the entire family and plenty of local dining options as well.
2. Kure Beach If you’re trying to get away from the crowds, Kure Beach is a quiet beach town perfect for family vacations reminiscent of those you went on as a kid. Many people come to relax at Kure Beach while also heading out for fishing, kayaking, and other water adventure activities.
3. Carolina Beach This family-friendly Wilmington beach is filled with bright colored beach houses and decked with a vintage boardwalk with plenty of places to stop and eat and enjoy your time out in the sun.
This donut shop is a Wilmington favorite because of the fun and unique donuts that are made fresh daily.
The menu is complete with specialty pizzas or a make-your-own option along with great appetizers such as their southern fried chicken parm that will make you fall in love at first bite.
I recommend heading to this restaurant for dinner and either sitting in the outside patio area or inside along the windows so you can watch the sunset as you enjoy a tasty meal to end a beautiful day in Wrightsville Beach.
The aquarium houses various exhibits including otters, sharks, alligators, various fish, frogs, and so much more. The aquarium also has educational exhibits and employees who are filled with knowledge about the animals that call each habitat home.
Located in Historic Downtown Wilmington, you’ll find one of the oldest homes in Wilmington. This historic home museum is great for learning the history about the area and the Bellamy family, as well as the slaves who worked for them and lived on the grounds for so many years.
Upon admission, you’ll get access to walk along the 67 acres of historical gardens where you’ll see different blooms depending on the season including tulips, and azaleas, along with art, fountains, Spanish moss, and the famous Airlie Oak.
Walk through various exhibits where you’ll learn about local wildlife, plant life, art, culture and history. Through each exhibit, you can discover how the area has evolved over time through the people and the natural landscape.