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Attractions and Things to Do in and around Wilmington NC

Explore Wilmington and all it has to offer

C.W. Worth House Bed and Breakfast is situated in the heart of the historic district. Enjoy easy walking to the Cape Fear River Walk where casual and fine dining overlook the river. Whatever your interests are, you are sure to find lots to do and see while you are here. Unique shops, galleries, antique shops, historic tours and much more await discovery by the wayfarer. We suggest you explore downtown at your own pace. Wilmington has been named “Best American Riverfront”—and with good reason! See an interactive virtual tour map for Riverwalk, tours, museums and shopping. This beautiful historic town truly offers something for everyone. Give yourself a chance to experience what makes it so memorable. Who knows? You may find your new favorite boutique, collectible, souvenir shop, craft brewery or alfresco dining spot!

  • Those looking to simply relax will not be disappointed. The downtown overlooks the river and provides breathtaking, Instagram-worthy sunsets.
  • Foodies will love the wide range of dining choices: farm-to-table, fresh local seafood and International Cuisine.
  • Shoppers will also find their thrill. Downtown offers diverse shopping venues from which to choose.
  • Explorers in search of local color have many options: house tours, food tours, and a lively performing & visual arts scene.
  • Beachcombers will also be pleased. All of the treasures mentioned above come with the added enchantment of white sandy beaches.

And that’s not all! Wilmington’s night life is alive and well, offering jazz, blues and a variety of live entertainment to complete the scene. In addition, five local theater groups perform year-round. Various art fairs, festivals, and holiday events are also welcomed during the course of the year.

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Dining

You will find some of the best dining in Wilmington just minutes away from C.W. Worth House Bed and Breakfast…everything from local seafood, Asian, French, Farm-to-Table or Southern specialties.

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Here is a sampling of some of our favorites and a map of downtown locations:

  • Savorez – Savorez serves up the best Latin American inspired dishes daily
  • Elijah’s Seafood – Located on the Cape Fear River
  • Pilot House – All American fare with a Southern flair and lots of seafood
  • Black Sea Grill – Mediterranean Cuisine – Wonderful
  • Circa 1922 – Tapas and small plates
  • Caprice Bistro – French with a Belgian twist
  • Check out these fabulous farm-to-table options: Pinpoint, Manna or Rx; menus change daily
  • Dram & Morsel – A hidden gem in downtown Wilmington, Dram & Morsel delivers a decadent tapas menu and fine craft cocktails in a warm, inviting atmosphere that is ideal for a superb night out on the town
  • Benny’s Big Time Pizza – From Wilson, NC, Chef Vivian Howard and husband Benny
  • The Little Dipper – Fantastic Fondue
  • Yosake – Downtown Sushi Lounge and Restaurant
  • Rooster and the Crow – Offering delicious southern food with unique drinks…with fried chicken that is to die for!
  • Platypus & Gnome – An eclectic mixture of exotic meats, wild game, fresh fish along with some not so out of the ordinary menu items in the middle of downtown Wilmington
  • Wilmington Craft Breweries – Your guide to over a dozen breweries, bottle shops and now three distilleries in the Wilmington, NC area
  • Catch Seafood – A little drive, but worth it! Chef Keith Rhodes has won national accolades from the TV show Top Chef and recently on Good Morning Atlanta. All seafood is sourced locally.
  • Or for something completely different, try a foodie tour – Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours

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Shopping

Shopping in downtown Wilmington is an adventure in itself where you will find handmade crafts, artwork, jewelry, clothing, gifts and more. You won’t find chains or tourist traps! Stroll Market Street and Front Street for the most unique shops!

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  • The Cotton Exchange – A collection of 30 unique shops and three restaurants
  • Cape Fear Spice Merchants – Locally owned Spice Merchants offering spices, hand-mixed spice blends, loose leaf teas, oils, vinegars and gifts.
  • Candles Etc… – Your premier source in Wilmington for earth-friendly, quality candles.
  • A. Scott Rhodes-Jeweler and Gemologist – Find your one-of-a-kind or custom-made treasure. Serving Wilmington for three decades.
  • A Proper Garden – Unique gifts for garden enthusiasts. This is a lovely shop.
  • Old Wilmington City Market – A great historic brick warehouse with a dozen unique specialty shops inside to enjoy from Front Street to Water Street.
  • A Christmas Shoppe – Our year-round Christmas Store. Shop for Christmas and seasonal decor all year long.
  • Art in Bloom – Our favorite gallery downtown—a stand-out among two dozen others.
  • The Art Works – A warehouse full of 50 local artists’ studios! Very Unique!
  • Old Books On Front – This store will amaze you! Great selections and reviews.
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Attractions Around Wilmington

We suggest you explore downtown at your own pace. Give yourself a chance to experience what makes it so memorable. For a fun day, wake up to a gourmet breakfast, then start out on a tour of the historic district and visit the three stately mansions that are now museums. Grab lunch at one of our recommended locally owned restaurants along the river front. Then take the water taxi over to the Battleship North Carolina for a wonderful tour rich in history (allow a couple of hours). You may want an afternoon nap at this point…or join your hosts and fellow travelers back at the inn for refreshments and stories about your day’s adventures. Or, enjoy a wine tasting and an appetizer at Taste the Olive & Vine or one of the other wine bars. For dinner, check out the fabulous farm-to-table options nearby or any of the dining options recommended by your hosts. You can include an evening activity such as live theatre, concerts or a ghost walk or haunted pub crawl or comedy. Rest well, we’ll do it all over again tomorrow!

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Local Calendar of Events

This is a local calendar of events compiled by your hosts to help you plan your visit. Chat with your innkeepers about what is going on during your visit.

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Mondays:

  • Cinematique of Wilmington – Sponsored by our local NPR station, WHQR, an assortment of independent, classic, foreign, documentary and notable films shown at Thalian Hall at 7pm, $8. The movies are usually Mon.-Wed. (some Mon.-Fri.) and change regularly. Please call 910-632-2285 or go to Historic Thalian Hall for more Cinematique information.
  • Monday Wine Tasting – Every Monday from 6-8pm enjoy a complimentary wine tasting at Second Glass a wonderful new wine bar in the cargo district. A little wine, a little education, a little light bite. Enjoy! Check out their menus!

Tuesdays:

  • Cinematique of Wilmington – Sponsored by our local NPR station, WHQR, an assortment of independent, classic, foreign, documentary and notable films shown at Thalian Hall at 7pm, $8. The movies are usually Mon.-Wed. (some Mon.-Fri.) and change regularly. Please call 910-632-2285 or go to Historic Thalian Hall for more Cinematique information.
  • Tuesday Wine Tasting – Every Tuesday enjoy Free Wine Tasting 6-8 pm plus small plate specials all night. 60 wines by the glass, 30 craft beers and hundreds of wines by the bottle. The Fortunate Glass, 29 S. Front St.
  • Cape Fear Blues Jam – Tuesdays, 8 pm at The Rusty Nail. A unique gathering of the area’s finest Blues musicians. No cover. More information on their website.

Wednesdays:

  • Cinematique of Wilmington – Sponsored by our local NPR station, WHQR, an assortment of independent, classic, foreign, documentary and notable films shown at Thalian Hall at 7pm, $8. The movies are usually Mon.-Wed. (some Mon.-Fri.) and change regularly. Please call 910-632-2285 or go to Historic Thalian Hall for more Cinematique information.

Thursdays:

  • Thursday Wine Tasting – Our Newest Wine Bar: Taste the Olive & Vine, 25 N. 3rd Street. Be transported to an elegant, intimate wine bar reminiscent of America’s Jazz Age.
  • The JOL Comedy Show – Thursdays at 8 pm at Whiskey Tango Foxtrot – “Daredevil Improv presents”  Stand-Up and Improv. A new show each week inspired by your suggestions. Free.

Fridays:

  • 4th Friday Gallery Walk  – 20+ local downtown art galleries and studios open their doors to the public in an after-hours celebration of art and culture from 6-9 pm every fourth Friday of the month. Free. Click for a complete list of gallery venues.
  • The Art Works…Gallery and Art Studios –Dozens of local artists together in a “village” atmosphere in an old shirt factory, transformed. Open every Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm and every Fourth Friday 6-9pm.

Saturdays:

  • Walking Tours of Historic District – Step off at the Latimer House 10 am to Noon, $12
  • The Art Work – Gallery and Art Studios -Dozens of local artists together in a “village” atmosphere in an old shirt factory, transformed.  Open every Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm and every Fourth Friday 6-9pm.
  • Riverfront Farmer’s Market –  March through November, 8 am – 1 pm; local produce, herbs and plants, crafts and live music.  
  • The Literary Walking Tour – This tour takes place every Saturday, rain or shine, starting at 1:30 p.m. from Old Books on Front St. $8

Sundays:

  • Sunday Blue Grass Jam Live at Satellite Bar and Lounge – A lively gathering every Sunday 6 pm – 9 pm visit their website for details. 120 Greenfield St, in the South Front district next to Benny’s Big Time Pizza.
  • Books, Beer and Jazz Piano – Every Sunday afternoon at 3-5 pm at Old Books on Front St.

DAILY and Other:

  • The Riverwalk in Downtown Wilmington is a showstopper of a stroll that is a distinctive attraction all its own. The Riverwalk encompasses 1 3/4 mile of scenic boardwalk, hugging the borders of the riverfront, and providing visitors with endless views and easy access to some of the Downtown’s most beloved attractions.
  • Wilmington Water Tours – Daily one-hour narrated tours and two-hour sunset cruises with live music; private parties, educational cruises, holiday parties and corporate events. Call (910) 338-3134 or visit their website for details and schedule.
  • A Taste of Downtown Wilmington – Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours – Year-round. Wilmington Downtown Tasting Tour, 1:30 and 2:15, $75 per person ($77 with ticketing fee). Wilmington Downtown Evening Drinks & Tasting Tour: Bars, Bites + Sights, 4:30 on Fridays and Saturdays Sample an eclectic assortment of restaurants, enjoy food and drink, meet the city’s best chefs and learn about the historic downtown. Admission $55-75. Visit their website to reserve your spot or call 919-237-2254.
  • Wilmington History Tours – This is a self-guided tour on your phone with an app with a free sample mini-tour.  Old Wilmington I and Old Wilmington II are $3.99 each to download. Check it out at Wilmington Tours.
  • Tour Old Wilmington – A guided historical tour revealing what life was like in Wilmington during the Civil War from customs and traditions to stories and folklore. $12 for adults, $10 for students. Get more information and tickets on their website.
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Music Series – Free concerts, events and Music Series. See website for details.

Every day there are things going on and things to see and experience in Wilmington. Your hosts love and enjoy Wilmington for all it offers and will share their favorite things to do and see with you. Just ask!

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Outdoor Attractions and Activities

Wilmington is a historic river town with the ocean nearby. Wilmington has four fabulous beaches for your enjoyment. Spend the day at the beach and come back into downtown for the evening activities. You can take a walk in one of the many local parks or go kayaking or enjoy a scenic boat tour.

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Performing Arts Venues

Wilmington is rich in the arts and culture with live theatre and concerts year-round.

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Annual Festivals and Events in and around Wilmington

Here is our list of annual festivals and events in and around Wilmington.

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Day Trips around the Cape Fear

Day trips can last a few hours to all day. During your stay in Wilmington, consider these day trips to add to your experiences.

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Southport

Southport is a 40-minute drive and is a great walking town on the Cape Fear River and the Intracoastal Waterway. There are many great boutiques and shops to explore.  Many consider Southport to be a living museum – a place where history is both preserved and enjoyed.  Discover more on the self-guided historical tour.

  • Fort Johnston-Southport Museum & Visitors’ Center – The Fort JohnstonSouthport Museum has exhibits, original documents and historical artifacts about Fort Johnston on display.
  • NC Maritime Museum – The Mission of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport is to collect, preserve and interpret material culture pertinent to the maritime history of the Lower Cape Fear region.
  • Old Brunswick County Jail – The historic prison is one of the stops on the Walking Tour of Southport. Self-guided tours are available when the museum is open, from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday and Saturday from April – October and Friday afternoons in July and August.
  • Old Smithville Burying Grounds – The Old Smithville Burying Ground is a must-see spot for both tourists and locals alike. This cemetery is chock full of history if you know where to look.

While in Southport, enjoy lunch at The Provision Company – Enjoy local seafood in a casual environment on the waterfront at the Old Yacht Basin in downtown Southport.

The combination of natural beauty and historic charm of Southport has caught the attention of Hollywood. Many popular movies and TV shows have been filmed in Southport including Crimes of the Heart, Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven and Steven King’s Under the Dome. Lots of film memorabilia is on view at the visitor’s center.

Bald Head Island

For another adventuresome day trip, visit Bald Head Island.  The island is more seasonable, and these attractions are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Spend the day on the beautiful beach after taking the historical tour and touring the lighthouse.

  • Bald Head Island Lighthouse – Enjoy a self-guided visit the lighthouse and museum. No reservations required. Open from 10am – 4pm. More information here.
  • Bald Head Island Historical Tour – Find information here. Reservations required.
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