Especially For Kids

The Wilmington Railroad Museum is situated in Warehouse B, built in 1883, on the north side of downtown at the Coastline Center. For children of all ages, the museum features a variety of historical railroad-related exhibits and extensive displays, a children’s area and a gift and book shop featuring train related items.

Five Lionel layouts plus extensive O scale and HO scale layouts are in operation inside, and a full size locomotive, boxcar and caboose are outside waiting to be explored. The museum’s exhibits tell the story of southeastern North Carolina’s railroad transportation history. Visitors can explore the museum on their own or arrange for a guided tour.

The Wilmington Railroad Museum is typically open Monday to Sunday with the exception of major holidays. Hours vary by season, and information is available on their website.

Tregembo Animal Park

There is another attraction that kids really enjoy. For all the children who love visiting zoos, Tregembo Animal Park should be on the list of attractions to see. The Tregembo family, which for more than 60 years has maintained the only zoo in southeastern North Carolina, has consistently provided local families, children’s groups and tourists with a fun, educational place to spend a few hours or a day. The family cares passionately about the animals in its care.

For a very modest admission, visitors can see an amazing variety of more than 100 creatures. Some animals you can feed corn or peanuts, some you can pet. And, of course, you’ll want to visit the 4,000 square foot gift shop to take home souvenirs.

Besides the usual zoo animals, the Park boasts many unusual specimens too. If you’re curious, go to their website for a preview of the critters that are on display.