Wilmington, NC
North Carolina
By Doree Simon

Wilmington, North Carolina is a modern Southern city with classic historic flare. A myriad of tour options allows travelers to stroll through gardens, explore a WWII battleship, and even encounter an authentic plantation. Its modern appeal and historic downtown area make Wilmington an excellent choice for your next vacation.
 
Located between the Cape Fear River and Carolina shore, Wilmington offers visitors a landscape and cityscape unique to this port city. Just four miles from downtown, the Wilmington NC International Airport (ILM) is the most convenient way for most travelers to reach their destination. Click here (http://www.whatscheaper.com/flight.php) to research affordable flights. WhatsCheaper.com can also help you find accommodations for your trip. Follow this link (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php) to find the best hotel for your needs.
 
Wilmington is a historic port city with a variety of activities for travelers of all walks of life. WhatsCheaper.com suggests making your first stop at an interactive attraction that best represents the city’s culture and lifestyle: The mile-long Riverwalk at Riverfront Park along Water Street. The heart of the city, Riverfront Park offers places for travelers to eat, shop, and even lodge while in Wilmington. During your walk, make sure to catch live entertainment at the Riverfront Stage!
 
Whether you’re a history buff, young child, or curious traveler, chances are you good that you’ll enjoy exploring Wilmington’s most historic and educational site, the USS Battleship North Carolina. While currently located across the river from downtown Wilmington, this ship spent its early days in the Pacific Theatre during World War II and with twelve battle stars, is the most decorated US battleship from this war. Exhibits featuring oral accounts, photographs and mementos of the crews’ stories can be experienced through a self-guided tour for an affordable rate. WhatsCheaper.com recommends reserving at least two hours of your day to explore all that the USS Battleship North Carolina has to offer.
 
Another great way to experience Wilmington’s history is by taking a horse drawn carriage ride through the city. WhatsCheaper.com recommends booking your ride through Springbrook Farms, a charter member of Carriage Operators of North America, which promotes safe and humane horse-drawn carriages in North America. Costumed tour guides will lead you through historic downtown Wilmington on your choice of carriage, trolley or evening coach. And for an extra fee, a private service will even pick you up from your hotel. This is surely a memorable and cultural way to experience this southern town.
 
Looking for a more modern historical experience? Home to Screen Gems Studios, the largest independent studio on the East Coast, Wilmington has become the East Coast’s hub for film and television production. WhatsCheaper.com suggests exploring this mini-Tinseltown by taking a tour through the Hollywood Location Walk of Old Wilmington, located on the Riverfront at Water and Market streets. Private and group tours are available and tickets can be booked online or in person at The Black Cat Shoppe at 8 Market Street.
 
In addition to its film industry, Wilmington is also home to a vibrant performing arts scene. WhatsCheaper.com highly recommends that visitors see a show at the Thalian Association, the Official Community Theatre of North Carolina. Thalian’s wide variety of shows and its Children’s Theatre provide entertainment for visitors big and small.
 
Another popular family destination in Wilmington is Airlie Gardens. Extremely cheap admission gets visitors all day passes for self-guided tours through these quintessential southern gardens by the sea. Bring your camera to snap photos of the flowers, freshwater lakes, and of course, the family!
 
WhatsCheaper.com highly recommends that families with kids take a trip to the Children’s Museum of Wilmington at 116 Orange Street. With educational exhibits including a grocery store, international diner, and teddy bear hospital, the Children’s Museum is sure to entertain (and educate!) children of all ages.
 
After exploring Wilmington’s daytime activities, travelers can unwind by grabbing a bite to eat at the city’s many delicious restaurants. For fine dining, WhatsCheaper.com suggests making reservations at Caprice Bistro, a French restaurant at 10 Market Street. For a family oriented, more affordable meal, stop by for some fresh seafood at Fish Bites on Carolina Beach Road.
 
Grown up travelers may also want to unwind one of Wilmington’s most unique spots for a fun night out: the Soapbox Laundro Lounge at 255 N. Front Street. Entertainment ranging from live music to comedians to burlesque performances is available, and tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
 
Additionally, Wilmington visitors can explore its many beaches, sporting events, fresh farmers’ markets, and the Cape Fear Serpentarium (yes, a zoo of snakes and reptiles!). Along the most industrialized of North Carolina’s rivers, Wilmington combines historical entertainment with modern attractions and offers a guaranteed educational experience for anyone who makes the trip. Let WhatsCheaper.com help you plan your vacation now!

MUST SEE IN Wilmington, NC LIST:

  • 1. USS Battleship North Carolina
  • 2. Cape Fear Serpentarium
  • 3. Cameron Art Museum
  • 4. Cape Fear Museum
  • 5. Arlie Gardens
  • 6. Fort Fisher State Historic Site
  • 7. Children's Museum of WIlmington
  • 8. Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park
  • 9. Burgwin-Wright Museum House
  • 10. Wilmington Railroad Museum

Wilmington, NC EVENT CALENDAR:

  • 1. North Carolina Jazz Festival - February
  • 2. North Carolina Azaea Festival - April
  • 3. Greek Festival - May
  • 4. Annual Beach Music Festival - June
  • 5. Fourth of July Riverfront Celebration - July
  • 6. Riverfest - October
  • 7. Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival - October
  • 8. Annual Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival - October
  • 9. Cucalorus Film Festival - November
  • 10. Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour - December

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Hilton Wilmington Riverside
301 North Water Street, Wilmington, NC
By Summer Brons

The charming and beautiful city of Wilmington offers an endless array of exciting attractions and historical appeal. When you choose to book your lodging accommodations with the Hilton Wilmington Riverside, you'll find yourself in a prime location to take advantage of everything the city has to offer.

Perched on the Cape Fear Riverfront in downtown Wilmington, the Hilton makes it simple to enjoy the boardwalk, Burginwin-Wright Museum, Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington, Latimer House Museum, Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, along with many other famous attractions and sunny beaches. The Hilton Wilmington Riverside is just five miles from the Wilmington International Airport (ILM), making it easy to get to and from for those traveling by air.

Amenities located on-site for your convenience will make your stay at the Hilton Wilmington as relaxed or as productive as you wish. Take advantage of a 24-hour business center, 24-hour fitness center, refreshing pool, recreation desk, gift shop, convenience store and skilled concierge staff.

You'll also find excellent dining options right on-location at the Hilton Wilmington Riverfront, including the highly esteemed Ruth's Chris Steak House, one of the city's finest dining venues. You can also enjoy Innovations, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual atmosphere, or grab a cup of coffee and a light bite at Currents Riverside Cafe. Room service is also available for those preferring the privacy of in-room dining.

Relax after an exciting day around Wilmington within the comforts of your Hilton guest room. Each well-appointed room features plush bedding, MP3-ready clock radio, complimentary HBO, 32 inch LCD television, work desk with ergonomic chair, coffee maker, high-speed wireless internet access, iron and board, hairdryer and Crabtree and Evelyn bath amenities. Upgraded suites are also available, and members of the Hilton HHonors rewards program will receive credit for their stay.

Whether business or leisure plans find you in Wilmington, the Hilton Wilmington Riverside hotel is the perfect choice for your overnight arrangements. Book your stay using WhatsCheaper.com by clicking (http://www.whatscheaper.com/hotel.php).

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington/Mayfaire, NC
6732 Swan Mill Road, Wilmington, NC
By Molly M. Watson

Homewood Suites by Hilton is your home away from home in Wilmington.  You’ll find the perfect combination of a luxurious vacation and the all the comforts of home.  Check-in time is 4 p.m. and Homewood Suites is only a ten minute drive from Wilmington International Airport so you won’t waste any time on a lengthy drive across town.  

Guests have their choice of a studio, one bedroom, or two bedroom suite, as well as the choice between one king or two queen beds in each bedroom.  All suites come with a full kitchen including refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and stove, as well as a separate dining/work area.  In addition, Homewood Suites furnishes each suite with two 42 inch TVs and a sleeper sofa.

For travelers in Wilmington on business, the 24 hour executive business center and meeting room are sure to please.  The meeting room is equipped with LCD projectors, power screens and surround sound and wi-fi is complimentary throughout the hotel.  

Guests looking for more recreational activities don’t have to look far.  Parents can take their kids to the heated pool and practice their golf game at the poolside putting green or take a dip in the hot tub.  A fitness room, open 24 hours, is available to those looking to keep up with their workouts, and bicycle rentals are also available on the premises to explore this charming coastal town.

Whether you prefer to stay in your room at meal time and make use of your in-suite kitchen, or prefer that someone else do the cooking, Homewood Suites is ready to accommodate you.  A complimentary grocery service is available for those who would like to prepare their own meals in their suites.  Or you can take advantage of Homewood Suites’ daily hot breakfasts and the dinner and drinks reception available Monday through Thursday evenings.

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Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire Town Center
6745 Rock Spring Road, Wilmington, NC
By Keleigh M. Quinn

The Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire Town Center offers the perfect combination of convenience and excitement. This large hotel is just a few miles from the Wilmington International Airport and is also close to downtown Wilmington and all of the shopping and dining options available there. Business travelers can easily reach many corporate offices, including GE, Corning and Verizon. For those looking for a more relaxing trip, Wrightsville beach is just 3 miles away, and Carolina and Kure beaches are also close by. Other fun attractions include the Cape Fear River, the Battleship USS NORTH CAROLINA, Fort Fisher, or the amazing North Carolina Aquarium.

Get a great night’s sleep in the Garden Sleep System® bed, offered in every guest room and suite. The rooms also have a large work area where you can print documents to the 24 hour Business Center using PrinterOn® and the complimentary wireless high speed internet access available in all rooms and throughout the hotel. You will also enjoy watching the flat screen television with premium cable channels, and cooking up a quick snack in your in-room microwave; a refrigerator and coffee maker are also provided. Some rooms offer separate sofa beds, and the suites have distinct living and sleeping areas, so you can spread out.

This hotel provides plenty of activities to keep you busy. There is a fitness center and an outdoor pool. In addition, you can improve your golf game on the putting green, or rent a bicycle and ride to the beach. There is also a 24 hour convenience store on site, selling snacks and beverages. You can head to the Business Center for any work needs.

The Great American Grill is open for breakfast and dinner. The breakfast offerings include the Hilton Garden Inn Waffle and complimentary coffee. Dinner offers a wide variety of dishes featuring local ingredients.

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