Things to Do Near Wilmington, N.C.

From the mighty Battleship North Carolina to the pristine beaches of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area to the stunning ruins at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson, the state historic sites, museums, parks and aquarium in and around Wilmington offer fun times for every member of the family and promise unique experiences that will make your trip a memorable one.

Explore Colonial Ruins and a Civil War Fort

Just a short drive from downtown Wilmington you’ll find the beautiful ruins of Brunswick Town, one of North Carolina’s earliest colonial settlements, and the earthwork remains of Fort Anderson, the Confederate fort built on top of the town. Take a trip to the past and explore decades of history all in one place.

Plan Your Trip to Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

One Square Mile, Three Great Destinations

At the tip of Pleasure Island in Kure Beach, on what’s called Federal Point, you’ll find three world-class destinations all within walking distance of each other.

Step Aboard a World War II Battleship

One of the most decorated battleships of World War II, the mighty USS North Carolina Battleship now serves as our state’s memorial to the Great War and all the North Carolinians who served in it. Step aboard this fascinating piece of history for a full day of family fun.

Come Aboard USS North Carolina

Visit the Home of an Unusual Plant

Camp, hike, go boating, fish or simply marvel at the presence of the Venus flytrap, one of the world's most unique carnivorous plants that only occurs naturally in the 75 mile radius around Wilmington.

Enjoy the Wilmington Area's Unique Outdoor Environment

  

Dive Deep Into the History of Cape Fear

At the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, you’ll discover the story of the Cape Fear region’s people and their relationship to the water and learn about the pirates, fisherman, salvagers and ship pilots who have called the region home. 

Visit the Maritime Museum at Southport