Wilmington, NC

The enormous Battleship North Carolina, a WWII-era cruiser that is open to the public, is the city's most prominent attraction and is difficult to miss.

Battleship North Carolina

Battleship North Carolina, the first of ten battleships to enter the American fleet in World War II, was commissioned on April 9, 1941.

Airlie Gardens

Azaleas, camellias, and the famous Airlie Oak, which is almost 400 years old, are abundant on the grounds.

Downtown Wilmington

The largest National Register Historic District in the state, located in downtown Wilmington, is made up of numerous structures from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.


Along its path, there are Cotton Exchange shops, boat excursions of the river, public art installations, cafes, and shops.

Bellamy Mansion

Pre-Civil War building Bellamy Mansion is one of North Carolina's most impressive historic antebellum houses.

Carolina Aquarium

With a focus on the Cape Fear River and the changes in ecosystems as it approaches the sea, the exhibits feature both freshwater and saltwater species.

Thalian Hall Center

Since its initial opening, the historic Thalian Hall, built in 1858, has been used virtually continuously. 

Hanover County Arboretum

Seven acres of land in the city center is devoted to growing plant species best suited to southeastern North Carolina and to demonstrating gardening techniques.

Railroad Museum

This museum has displays on the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad, preserving a business that has been essential to the city for more than a century.