A port city in North Carolina, Wilmington is renowned as being the gateway to Cape Fear Coast beaches like Wrightsville and Carolina. And it’s SUPER cute.
My sister and I decided to venture there during our first tour of North America in 2015. Why? Well, mostly to visit the filming locations of some of our favourite TV shows including One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek.
And that we did.
If you’re about to head there for the first time, here are my top 5 things to do in Wilmington NC.
Things to Do in Wilmington NC 101: Start off your first day right by visiting the Waffle House on Market Street.
Not only are the waffles reasonable in price, but you can unlimited filter coffee for under $2. And it tastes rather nice!
Are you a fan of One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, A Walk To Remember, We Are The Millers or Iron Man 3? Good news – you’d rather enjoy the two-hour Hollywood Film Location Walk.
This is where a tour guide shows you filming locations of a multitude of TV shows and films around Downtown Wilmington.
And do you know what? It’s actually a lot of fun.
For all those who don’t know, Wrightsville Beach is where they shot multiple scenes in Dawson’s Creek. This includes the famous opening credits montage under the pier.
On the day of our mission to get to Wrightsville Beach, we were told which bus to get, where from and when to get off. What the bus driver failed to mention to us was the fact that the beach was an hour and a half’s walk from where we were dropped off.
Once we’d figured out where we were going, we eventually got there and man… It was so worth it.
Lesson learned though: always get an Uber.
Downtown Wilmington is quite small but big enough to fill in a few hours. It’s on the river front so it’s very pretty, and there are tons of cute little shops, bars and restaurants to explore.
We went to the cutest café for brunch along Cape Fear River and ended up staying there for three hours! It had fabulous food, good music and an even greater atmosphere.
We fell in love.
Finally, we met someone in LA on our earlier travels who was from Wilmington NC. He told us to head to The Whiskey where there was often live bands playing.
We ended up seeing The Flannel Rebellion and had the best night meeting locals.
In fact, the whole downtown area was packed full of people drinking, laughing and having a good time, which is what made it so enjoyable!
All in all, my sister and I had an amazing time in Wilmington NC and felt really sad when we had to leave via Charlotte.
I would love to go back to Wilmington someday but I would give
Charlotte a miss as there wasn’t a lot to see or do (in my opinion).
Either way, the memories we made will last a lifetime and I’ll always be grateful to the people who we met who showed us just how much heart this port city has.
(Have you been to North Carolina before? What are your top things to do in Wilmington NC? Thanks so much for reading! Katie-xo)