If you’re wondering what Wilmington offers besides the beach, there are many historic buildings that you can explore, museums that you can visit and tourist attractions that the whole family can enjoy such as Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park where you can enjoy fun water slides.
Other places to visit in Wilmington NC that you can add to your list of things to do include:
Wilmington Old Town
Taking a walking tour of Wilmington old town. In the old part of town, you’ll find many historic buildings and monuments such as the bronze statue of George Davis, the Confederate Memorial, the Cotton Exchange shopping complex and Bellamy Mansion.
Bellamy Mansion, in particular, is an interesting place to visit because you can get a glimpse of how life would’ve been back in the late 1800's. You can watch a short movie about the Bellamy Mansion and then take a self-guided tour through the different rooms and the slave quarters.
Battleship North Carolina
Exploring Battleship North Carolina is definitely one of the most enjoyable places to visit in Wilmington NC, whether you’re a history buff or not.
You can easily spend a few hours at this attraction exploring all of the different areas of the ship such as the barbershop, kitchen, etc, and learn about the role of the ship during WWII.
Wilmington Railroad Museum
This museum is located on the grounds of Cape Fear Community College, and it’s a fantastic place to visit with the whole family.
There is a real-size 1900’s steam locomotive and a red caboose at the premise, as well as a scaled railroad where you can see miniature trains zooming around the train tracks.
Cape Fear Riverboats
If you’re looking for different ways to explore Wilmington NC, there is no better way than taking a boat tour along Cape Fear River to get a different perspective of the city.
Cape Fear Riverboats is located just across the river from Battleship North Carolina, and it’s here where you can book river boat tours, or a romantic dinner cruise with your loved one.
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
Cape Fear Museum is also located in the old part of Wilmington, two blocks down the road from Bellamy Mansion Museum.
This museum is actually the oldest one in the whole of North Carolina and it's one of the best places to visit in Wilmington NC where the whole family can have a fun day out. Even if you think you don’t like museums, you’ll enjoy the various natural exhibits and dioramas about Cape Fear history.
Wilmington Children's Museum
If you’re visiting the city and are looking for places to visit in Wilmington NC with kids, the Wilmington Children's Museum is another must-add attraction on the list of things to do in Wilmington with kids.
The museum, located opposite the Community Arts Center, is set up like a preschool so it offers different playing areas. Also, the museum holds fun activities like treasure hunt and cooking classes where kids can interact with each other.
Cape Fear Serpentarium
The Serpentarium is located on the same street as the children’s museum and it is another cool place you can visit with the family (that is if you don't mind snakes) checking out all kinds of poisonous snakes and exotic reptiles.