Providing a Wilmington NC attractions guide presents challenges. There are a large number of things that are worth seeing in the area, with many of them primarily related to the area’s waters, its beaches, and its rich historical and cultural heritage.
On a stroll through Historic Downtown Wilmington, visitors will see a daunting number of choices. The Battleship North Carolina guards our harbor. The Henrietta III is a lovely riverboat features 1-1/2 hour narrated cruises up and down the Cape Fear River during the daytime. Evening cruises, usually lasting nearly three hours, are popular with locals as well as tourists and are great fun for special occasions.
The Capt. J.N. Maffitt, originally a Navy liberty launch, functions as water taxi to the Battleship North Carolina and offers one-hour narrated sightseeing cruises. In addition, the ship offers four-hour nature cruises to the pristine Black River led by a coastal ecologist.
The newest ship available to charter is the Sanjema II, a luxury yacht available by the day or week from Wilmington Yacht Charters. Spending time aboard this vessel would be a wonderful way to celebrate such special events as engagements, birthdays, anniversaries or vow renewals.
A narrated sightseeing tour on the Wilmington Trolley is a great way to get an overview of downtown. Traveling back in time through such beautiful historic homes and buildings as the Bellamy Mansion and Hannah Block USO Building should be on the agenda.
Wilmington’s oldest attraction, Thalian Hall, completed its 150th anniversary celebration in 2009. The main auditorium has undergone a major renovation and now has new seats, new lights and a new heating and air conditioning system. The ornate painting inside has been retouched, thus restoring the graceful old building to its intended grandeur. Everyone should see this gem.