Wilmington Beach North Carolina

Looking for some of the best seafood restaurants offered in the Wilmington/Carolina beach area? These restaurants are some of the local favorites and are sure to please your appetite for fresh seafood.

4 Marina Street
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

215 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 762-2841

2 Ann Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

The George on the Riverwalk
128 South Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Heck of a Peck
4039 Masonboro Loop Road
Wilmington, NC 28409

Dock Street Oyster Bar
12 Dock Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

The Cape Fear River is a 202 miles (325 km) long blackwater river in Wilmington, North Carolina. It flows into the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Fear, from which it takes it's name. The overall water quality of the river is continuously measured and monitored by the Lower Cape Fear River Program and conducted by the UNCW Aquatic Ecology Lab, UNCW Benthic Ecology Lab, and the UNCW Icethyology and Fish Ecology Lab. The Cape Fear Shiner is endemic to the river basin.

-According to WikiPedia

Cape Fear River Map
Cape Fear River
Cape Fear River Basin
Cape Fear River Dam
Cape Fear River Shiner Fish

Planning a vacation or trip to Wilmington, North Carolina? Be sure to shop around for the best prices and places to stay for your time at the beach. Whether you are looking to stay in a beach front house or a condo on the sound, below are a few vacation realtor's in the area that are worth looking into:

Be sure to contact these Wilmington NC vacation home realtor's to ensure your getting the best deal possible for your stay.

Wilmington North Carolina is packed with amazing restaurants through out the city. Below are a few of the best.

Dock Street Oyster Bar - Wilmington

  • Dock Street Oyster Bar
  • Fat Tony's Pub (Pizza and Beers)
  • P.T.'s Grille (Burgers)
  • McAllister's Deli (Sandwiches)
  • Cubbie's (Wing's and BBQ)
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Smithfield's (BBQ)
  • Elizabeth's (Italian)
  • Antonio's (Pizza)
  • Nuevo Zarape (Mexican)
  • The Waterstreet Bar & Restaurant

Looking to take a vacation in Wilmington NC or are a parent coming to visit children in school at UNCW? The hotels listed below offer a great place for you and your friends or family.
  • Hilton Wilmington Riverside
  • Holiday Inn Wilmington Market Street
  • The Wilmingtonian Hotel
  • Courtyard Wilmington
  • Coastline Inn
  • Baymont Inn and Suites Wilmington
  • America's Best Value Inn Wilmington Hotel

Looking for a night out at the bars in Wilmington? Below is a list of some of the local favorites in no particular order:
  • Fat Tony's Pub
  • Front Street Brewery
  • Riverboat landing
  • Firebelly Lounge
  • Bluepost Billiards
  • Level 5 at CityStage
  • Longstreets Irish Pub
  • Rum Runners
  • The Rusty Nail at Beatty's Tavern

The below video shows off one scuba diving location just outside of Wilmington NC called Rosin Wreck. The site is just 40 miles south of Wilmington and is 115ft deep. The area is sometimes referred to as the Graveyard of the Atlantic due to its dangerous reefs. Watch the video and see the wreck site, as well as 2 lion fish and a stone fish.

Downtown Wilmington is full of charm and historic value. The below video tour of Wilmington North Carolina features some of the main areas and sights including Market Street (US-17 Business), College Road (US-117/NC-132), Oleander Drive (US-76), 16th Street, 17th Street, Shipyard Boulevard (US-117), Carolina Beach Road (US-421), Front Street, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway (US-74).

Watch the video now to see a little of what Wilmington has to offer.

If your heading down to historic Wilmington North Carolina this summer, and looking for some family friendly activities, below are 10 great spots to check out.

Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park
jungle rapids fun park wilmingtonFun for the whole family can be found at this fun park that includes Grand Prix go-karts, laser tag areas, the largest indoor playground in Wilmington, an 18 hole miniature golf course, a climbing wall, and a waterpark that includes a lazy river, a million gallon wavepool, waterslides, and a children's pool.

USS Battleship North Carolina
uss battleshipOne of the most visited sites in North Carolina, this ship is a very visible and powerful example of a capital ship. Self guided tours of the beautifully restored bridge are available.

Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington
ghost walk wilmingtonThe first and only locally owned authentic ghost walk in Wilmington, this 90 minute journey takes you into the depths of Old Wilmington and includes locally renowned actors and ghost hunters. There are 20 active sites featured and the tour varies nightly.

Wilmington Historic District
historic wilmington nc districtOne of the largest districts in North Carolina, this historic district offers visitors year round tours by horse drawn trolleys or carriages, riverboats, trolley cars, or on foot. Tours are available that include haunted sites, historic homes, gardens, churches, and much more.

Thalian Hall Center for Performing Arts
thalian hall center for performing artsBeautifully restored building that was built in 1858 and houses three performance venues including the Grand Ballroom, the Main Stage, and the Studio Theatre. Over 250 performance events including local and traveling musical and theatrical productions are held here annually.

Cape Fear Riverboats
cape fear riverboatsCruise the scenic Cafe Fear River aboard the beautiful Henrietta III, a favorite for special occasions such as family reunions, weddings, birthdays, and receptions. Tours are also available for sightseeing, dinner, and fall nature cruises. Tours depart from the foot of Dock Street at South Water Street and public cruises are available April through December; private charter cruises are available year round.

Tote Em In Zoo
Situated on five acres that includes a wide variety of trees and flowers that create a forest-like atmosphere, this zoo features walkways that allow closeup observation of over 100 exotic birds, mammals, and reptiles. Two museums that contain exotic mounted specimens and artifacts from around the world are also on site, as well as a spacious gift shop.

Latimer House
latimer houseA home of three generations of Latimer's until 1963 when it was furnished into a historical museum, this beautiful Italianate style house houses the Cape Fear Historical Society and features 14 rooms containing over 600 historical objects including furniture, jewelry, and tools. Beautiful gardens, enclosed in original stucco and lace brick walls, surround the house and are filled with flora authentic to the period.

Desperado Horse Farm
desperado horse farmDesperado Horse Farm offers trial rides, beach rides, birthday parties and special events on 500 acres of natural forest. Open 7 days a week to all ages and all levels of experience.

New Hanover County Arboretum
new hanover arboretumThe only arboretum in Southeastern North Carolina, this arboretum offers visitors a chance to study native plants and their environment, observe a variety of landscape themes that are particularly suitable to the coastal area, and take part in a wide variety of educational programs.

Are you a recent college graduate looking for full or part time work opportunities in the Wilmington North Carolina beach area?

jobs in wilmington NC

If you've just graduated from UNCW, and you want to continue living in the the nicest beaches coastal carolina has to offer, the links below can help you find that perfect job.


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