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Guidebook for Wilmington

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Guidebook for Wilmington

Food Scene
These are tried and true places we love (and/or close/delivery).
This is a local legend Wrightsville Beach restaurant. If you’re looking for a fantastic meal with beautiful sound side views, this is always a safe bet and my top foodie recommendation.
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The Bridge Tender
1414 Airlie Road
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This is a local legend Wrightsville Beach restaurant. If you’re looking for a fantastic meal with beautiful sound side views, this is always a safe bet and my top foodie recommendation.
Beautiful Wrightsville Beach sound side views, great food, and weekend music all summer.
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Bluewater Grill
4 Marina Street
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Beautiful Wrightsville Beach sound side views, great food, and weekend music all summer.
Waterfront Wrightsville Beach upscale restaurant and bar with the best views on the beach.
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Oceanic
703 South Lumina Avenue
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Waterfront Wrightsville Beach upscale restaurant and bar with the best views on the beach.
Locally owned and operated. Always a fun hibachi dinner near UNCW.
Hiro Japanese Steakhouse
222 Old Eastwood Road
Locally owned and operated. Always a fun hibachi dinner near UNCW.
Locally owned and operated. This is a spot near UNCW where we bring our exchange students.
Kabuki Korean Cafe & Sushi Bar
4102 Oleander Drive
Locally owned and operated. This is a spot near UNCW where we bring our exchange students.
Pizza delivery on Gordon Road. 910-395-1166
Domino's Pizza
6620 Gordon Rd
Pizza delivery on Gordon Road. 910-395-1166
Next to UNCW, weekend music and great margaritas and food!
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El Cerro Grande Mexican Restaurant
341 South College Road
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Next to UNCW, weekend music and great margaritas and food!
North Wilmington (Porters Neck) great little Mexican fare.
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K38 Baja Grill
8211 Market Street
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North Wilmington (Porters Neck) great little Mexican fare.
This north Wilmington/Porters Neck breakfast place always has a wait BUT they have call ahead seating at 910-821-8461.
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Cast Iron Kitchen
8024 Market St
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This north Wilmington/Porters Neck breakfast place always has a wait BUT they have call ahead seating at 910-821-8461.
This is the local Chinese place that delivers. 910-452-2297
China Wok
This is the local Chinese place that delivers. 910-452-2297
This downtown breakfast place always has a line. Early is best.
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The Dixie Grill
116 Market St
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This downtown breakfast place always has a line. Early is best.
This is a local diner right down the street, serving breakfast and lunch.
Ruth's Kitchen
6790 Market Street
This is a local diner right down the street, serving breakfast and lunch.
Cracker Barrel is within 5-10 minutes and has breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
21 Van Campen Boulevard
Cracker Barrel is within 5-10 minutes and has breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Downtown homemade ice cream, chocolate, fudge, and candy.
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Kilwin's Chocolates
16 Market Street
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Downtown homemade ice cream, chocolate, fudge, and candy.
Great food, great atmosphere, outdoor music. This Tap Room is close by in north Wilmington, locally owned and operated, very neighborhood and laid back.
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Ogden Tap Room
7324 Market St
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Great food, great atmosphere, outdoor music. This Tap Room is close by in north Wilmington, locally owned and operated, very neighborhood and laid back.
Upscale burgers and beers with a laid back beach atmosphere. This is a great hangout spot.
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Poe's Tavern - Wrightsville Beach
212 Causeway Dr
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Upscale burgers and beers with a laid back beach atmosphere. This is a great hangout spot.
This is a local and beloved restaurant AND nonprofit. This downtown lunch place has fresh food and is owner operated.
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The Foxes Boxes
622 N 4th St
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This is a local and beloved restaurant AND nonprofit. This downtown lunch place has fresh food and is owner operated.
This is a great locally owned, family operated Italian restaurant with a nice atmosphere.
Terrazzo Trattoria
1319 Military Cutoff Road
This is a great locally owned, family operated Italian restaurant with a nice atmosphere.
Call for reservations - 910-798-2205. I haven’t been here but my foody friend recommended.
Nicola's Italian
5704 Oleander Drive
Call for reservations - 910-798-2205. I haven’t been here but my foody friend recommended.
Shopping
Mayfaire is an outdoor shopping town with great little shops, restaurants and a movie theater.
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Mayfaire Town Center
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Mayfaire is an outdoor shopping town with great little shops, restaurants and a movie theater.
Downtown has many things to do - from nightlife, dining, museums, river walk, boat rides, horse drawn carriage rides, cobblestone streets, fresh food markets and shopping.
North Front Street
Downtown has many things to do - from nightlife, dining, museums, river walk, boat rides, horse drawn carriage rides, cobblestone streets, fresh food markets and shopping.
Belks, JC Penney, Dillards and more.
Independence Mall
3500 Oleander Dr
Belks, JC Penney, Dillards and more.
Sightseeing and One Tree Hill Fans
Here are locations and information about One Tree Hill spots. https://www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/about/news-blogs/post/one-tree-hill-walking-tour/
Watch the sunrise - just because.
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Wrightsville Beach
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Watch the sunrise - just because.
Must see sunset! (See the front picture.)
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Wilmington Downtown Riverwalk
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Must see sunset! (See the front picture.)
Fireworks all summer long on Thursday nights around 9:00 pm. They also have a pond where they show movies - bring a blanket or the beach chairs and enjoy a family night.
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Carolina Beach Boardwalk
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Fireworks all summer long on Thursday nights around 9:00 pm. They also have a pond where they show movies - bring a blanket or the beach chairs and enjoy a family night.
Fishing!
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Johnnie Mercers Fishing Pier
23 East Salisbury Street
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Fishing!
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Bellamy Mansion Museum
503 Market Street
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Wilmington Water Tours
212 South Water Street
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Attractions/Festivals
Azalea Festival - Usually the first weekend of April annually.
910-763-2634 505 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 The kids will love it!
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Wilmington Railroad Museum
505 Nutt Street
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910-763-2634 505 Nutt Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 The kids will love it!
For $3.00 this was the best use of about an hour. The owner really has some interesting and curious pieces and exhibits. Workers were helpful and friendly, and willing to explain anything you may have questions about. They offer a lazer challenge for an additional 3.00 which i think some people would absolutely love. Overall, great small attraction and incredibly affordable. Something like this in Disney would have cost 50.00!!! Love that it seemed more about sharing the collection and passion than it did about money.
Museum of the Bizarre
201 S Water St
For $3.00 this was the best use of about an hour. The owner really has some interesting and curious pieces and exhibits. Workers were helpful and friendly, and willing to explain anything you may have questions about. They offer a lazer challenge for an additional 3.00 which i think some people would absolutely love. Overall, great small attraction and incredibly affordable. Something like this in Disney would have cost 50.00!!! Love that it seemed more about sharing the collection and passion than it did about money.
Catch a concert while you're in town. This is an outdoor venue on Greenfield Lake.
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Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
1941 Amphitheatre Drive
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Catch a concert while you're in town. This is an outdoor venue on Greenfield Lake.
This is 30 minutes away on the other side of Wilmington past Carolina Beach (which has a boardwalk, Thursday night fireworks, movies on the water outside, Britt's Donuts, amusement rides, etc.) but is a great family outing.
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North Carolina Aquarium At Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
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This is 30 minutes away on the other side of Wilmington past Carolina Beach (which has a boardwalk, Thursday night fireworks, movies on the water outside, Britt's Donuts, amusement rides, etc.) but is a great family outing.
We LOVE stand up (or sit down) paddle boarding and it’s not as hard as you think. They have kayaks also. This is close by, locally owned and a memorable experience.
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Wrightsville SUP
96 W Salisbury St
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We LOVE stand up (or sit down) paddle boarding and it’s not as hard as you think. They have kayaks also. This is close by, locally owned and a memorable experience.
Parks & Nature
There's a dog park here, picnic tables, playground, walking trail, pond and it's only a mile or so down the road.
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Ogden Park
615 Ogden Park Dr
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There's a dog park here, picnic tables, playground, walking trail, pond and it's only a mile or so down the road.
Great little park and lake with playground and picnic shelters with grills only a mile or so away down Harris Road.
Smith Creek Park
633 Shenandoah St
Great little park and lake with playground and picnic shelters with grills only a mile or so away down Harris Road.
You can paddle boat, feed the ducks, skateboard or just sight see. If you catch Wilmington when the azaleas are blooming (March, April or so) it's breathtaking.
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Greenfield Lake
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You can paddle boat, feed the ducks, skateboard or just sight see. If you catch Wilmington when the azaleas are blooming (March, April or so) it's breathtaking.
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Airlie Gardens
300 Airlie Road
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Drinks & Nightlife
Slice is a locally owned and operated pizzeria that uses fresh ingredients. It's a warm and inviting local bar and restaurant. *Open until 3 am nightly.
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Slice of Life Pizzeria & Pub Beach
1437 Military Cutoff Rd
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Slice is a locally owned and operated pizzeria that uses fresh ingredients. It's a warm and inviting local bar and restaurant. *Open until 3 am nightly.
This is a beautiful and locally owned and operated little haven. It has an outdoor bar, music, movies, very homey and welcoming. Kids during the day, family friendly. Adults at night.
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Liberty Tavern
7976 Market St
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This is a beautiful and locally owned and operated little haven. It has an outdoor bar, music, movies, very homey and welcoming. Kids during the day, family friendly. Adults at night.
This is a laid back local wine and beer place with outdoor seating and music.
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Fermental Beer & Wine
7250 Market Street
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This is a laid back local wine and beer place with outdoor seating and music.
Bring your kids and dogs to this local watering hole. It’s family friendly with games, outdoor picnic tables and occasional music and festivals.
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The Sour Barn
7211 Market St
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Bring your kids and dogs to this local watering hole. It’s family friendly with games, outdoor picnic tables and occasional music and festivals.
Arts & Culture
The Wilmington insurrection of 1898, also known as the Wilmington massacre of 1898, occurred on November 10, 1898. The event marks an era of more severe racial segregation and effective disenfranchisement of African-Americans throughout the South, a shift already underway since passage by Mississippi of a new constitution in 1890 raising barriers to voter registration. Laura Edwards wrote "What happened in Wilmington became an affirmation of white supremacy not just in that one city, but in the South and in the nation as a whole," as it affirmed that invoking "whiteness" eclipsed the legal citizenship, individual rights and equal protection under the law of blacks.
1898 Memorial Park
1018 N 3rd St
The Wilmington insurrection of 1898, also known as the Wilmington massacre of 1898, occurred on November 10, 1898. The event marks an era of more severe racial segregation and effective disenfranchisement of African-Americans throughout the South, a shift already underway since passage by Mississippi of a new constitution in 1890 raising barriers to voter registration. Laura Edwards wrote "What happened in Wilmington became an affirmation of white supremacy not just in that one city, but in the South and in the nation as a whole," as it affirmed that invoking "whiteness" eclipsed the legal citizenship, individual rights and equal protection under the law of blacks.