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The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher shows many of the ways that water impacts life in this area. Indeed, water has played perhaps the pivotal role in the Wilmington area’s history, development, and continuing growth. We are fortunate that we live in an area where water of all types exists in abundance.
From our spectacular sandy beaches on the Atlantic Ocean to the relatively tranquil Intracoastal Waterway to the majestic Cape Fear River to the lakes and ponds that are ubiquitous in Southeastern North Carolina, we live, work, play, fish, swim, surf, snorkel and relax in close proximity to the water.
There are a number of ways to gain an understanding of the role water plays in our economy.
A good place to begin is to see what can be found in historic downtown Wilmington.