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, you are sure to find lots to do and see while you are here. Unique shops, art galleries, antique shops, historic homes and 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 the Riverwalk, local 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!
Attractions and Things to Do in and around Wilmington NC
Explore Wilmington and all it has to offer
- 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 dozens of diverse shopping venues from which to choose.
- Explorers in search of local color have many options: historic home tours, food tours, horse drawn carriage tour 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 nearby.
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.
Here is a link to our Visitor’s Bureau Blog “A Travel Guide for an all-ages Wilmington Getaway” you may find helpful.
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, Italian, Farm-to-Table or Southern specialties.Read More...
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
- Quanto Basta – Quanto Basta: Italian Eatery and Wine Bar
- Circa 1922 – Tapas and small plates- Still one of our favorites
- Caprice Bistro – French with a Belgian twist; #1 rated in Wilmington
- 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 create wonderful, unique pizzas.
- The Little Dipper – Fantastic Fondue, locally owned
- Yosake – Downtown Sushi Lounge and Asian Fusion
- Rooster and the Crow – Offering delicious southern delicacies 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! Modern seafood cuisine served alongside vibrant organic produce and herbs – Catch is a feast for the senses.
- Or for something completely different, try a foodie tour – Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours
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!Read More...
- 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.
Attractions Around Wilmington
During COVID we suggest you visit websites for current information about openings and hours of operation. Most everything is open with restrictions on numbers of guests allowed at one time and may require reservations in advance. Please visit websites for current information. Give yourself a chance to experience what makes Wilmington 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 visit our #1 attraction–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. Most of our downtown restaurants are offering alfresco dining when weather permits.
- Wilmington Water Tours – This attraction is closed until Spring. Call for private cruises. Their spacious boat is available for private parties, educational cruises, holiday parties and corporate events. Call (910) 338-3134 or visit their website for details and schedule. During COVID this attraction capacity is at 50% for the safety of all. Reservations required.
- Horse Drawn Tours of Historic Wilmington – Your driver will narrate your journey into the past and present of historic Wilmington.
- Battleship North Carolina – WWII Memorial and museum; self-guided tour
- Cape Fear Museum of History & Science
- The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts
- The Burgwin-Wright Museum House & Gardens – 1770 Revolutionary era home
- The Latimer House Museum – 1852 Victorian Mansion
- The Cameron Art Museum – Stunning museum with several galleries, café and gift shop. Check out their current exhibits. “Illumination” is an annual exhibition of artist-made lanterns from November 20 through January 10, 2021.
- The Wilmington Railroad Museum – Wilmington was a boom town during the era of the railroad. See history in action with their historic artifacts displays and train layouts.
- The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
- Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington – Tales of old with history and architecture mingled in.
- Wrightsville Beach Museum of History
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. Due to COVID-related cancellations and policies, it’s best to check directly with a venue before heading out.Read More...
DAILY and Other:
- The Riverwalk in Downtown Wilmington is a showstopper of a stroll that is a distinctive attraction all its own through all seasons. The Riverwalk encompasses 1 3/4 mile of scenic boardwalk, hugging the border of the riverfront and providing visitors with endless views and easy access to some of the Downtown’s most beloved attractions and restaurants.
- Wilmington Water Tours – This attraction is closed until Spring. During COVID this attraction capacity is at 50% for the safety of all. Reservations required. Daily 50 minute narrated tours and 90 minute sunset cruises with music. Their spacious boat is available for 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 – Saturdays Year-round; weekdays by request. 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.
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!
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.Read More...
- Wilmington Water Tours – During COVID this attraction capacity is at 50% for the safety of all. Reservations required. Daily 50 minute narrated tours $15 and 90 minute sunset cruises with music $30. This Fall they are offering a “Sunset Saving Time Cruise” from 4-5:30 pm. Their spacious boat is available for private parties, educational cruises, holiday parties and corporate events. Call (910) 338-3134 or visit their website for details and schedule.
- Halyburton Park – A 58 acre park with a 1.3 mile hike/bike trail.
- Mahanaim Adventures – Kayaking and More!
- Carolina Beach State Park Kayak Concession
- Greenfield Lake – A 5 mile walking trail around a cypress swamp. Also, Guided Eco Tours $30
- Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours
- Airlie Gardens by the Sea
- New Hanover County Arboretum
- Historic Wilmington Segway Tours
- Historic District Horse-drawn Carriage Tours – a brief introduction to our historic district
- Poplar Grove Historic Plantation & Manor House
- Bicycle Rental – City Bicycle Co
- Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington – Enjoy an entertaining stroll around the historic district with a professional storyteller.
- Eagles Island Paddle Tour – Offered by Cape Fear Riverwatch $65 or $40 if you bring your own kayak.
Performing Arts Venues
- The Wilson Center – New 1500 seat performing arts center
- Thalian Hall – The original performing arts center built in 1858
- Brooklyn Arts Center – A rescued church which serves as a community arts center
- Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center
- Cape Fear Playhouse – Local theatre group Big Dawg productions
- Greenfield Lake Amphitheater – concerts and home to Shakespeare Festival
Annual Festivals and Events in and around Wilmington
Here is our list of annual festivals and events in and around Wilmington. Unfortunately all festivals were cancelled in 2020. Check back often to discover what’s new in 2021!Read More...
- Azalea Festival – downtown Wilmington
- Riverfest – downtown Wilmington
- Blueberry Festival – Burgaw, NC
- Fire in the Pines – Halyburton Park, Wilmington, NC
- Shrimp Festival – Sneads Ferry, NC
- NC Oyster Festival – Ocean Isle Beach
- Annual Candlelight Tour – Benefiting the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society
- Annual Back Door Kitchen Tour – Proceeds go toward beautification projects downtown
- Check out Wilmington, NC Festivals/Events for 2021 from our Visitors Center
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. Be sure to ask your hosts about insider information where ever you go.Read More...
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 Johnston–Southport 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.
- Franklin Square Park & Art Gallery – Surrounded by it lush oak tree canopy, Franklin Square Park is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing stroll. Small concerts and festivals are also hosted in the park,including a three-day Fourth of July craft show. Just next door is the Art Gallery showcasing the works of southeastern North Carolina artists.
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.
Ingram Planetarium/Sunset Beach
Their mission statement: “To inspire curiosity about our unique coastal environment, history, and the broader natural universe through interactive, fun, science-based experiences.” Enjoy exhibits and laser light shows on the domed ceiling of the Planetarium. Check website for schedules.