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Wilmington is a city steeped in history and natural beauty. It's located along the banks of the Cape Fear River, near the Intercoastal Waterway on North Carolina's southeastern coast. This historic port city has a charming appeal with its evidence of a bygone era mixed with modern amenities. The city's proud historic district contains stately homes lined along cobblestone streets, and within walking distance of the river are quaint shops and restaurants, interesting museums and art galleries. Spectacular plantations and gardens are just a short drive outside of town, and twelve miles to the east of Wilmington is Wrightsville Beach, with its glorious white-sand beaches and oceanfront cottages. Visitors to the Wilmington area find plenty of outdoor recreational opportunities such as swimming, fishing, boating, scuba diving, water-skiing and golf. You can take a sunset cruise on an old-fashioned sternwheel riverboat, visit the nearby North Carolina Aquarium and explore historic Fort Fisher. Wilmington also boasts a thriving cultural community, with theater, ballet, symphony and opera. Also, Wilmington is known for some of the most delicious seafood on the East Coast. Enjoy ocean-fresh shrimp, crab, oysters and fish, or try some southern regional specialties like shrimp & grits or hickory smoked barbecue. Accommodations are everything from cozy cottages to luxury oceanfront resorts, and downtown Wilmington is known for their turn-of-the-century bed & breakfasts and historic inns.

Surrounding areas: Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina (8.6 mi), Figure Eight Island, North Carolina (11.9 mi), Carolina Beach, North Carolina (13.5 mi), Kure Beach, North Carolina (16.0 mi), Southport, North Carolina (21.5 mi), Oak Island, North Carolina (23.6 mi), Bald Head Island, North Carolina (25.4 mi)

Wilmington Vacation Rentals




Wilmington Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Amerihost Inn & Suites-Wilmington5600 Carolina Beach RdWilmington, NC (910) 796-0770
Anderson Guest House520 Orange StWilmington, NC (910) 343-8128
Best Western Carolinian2916 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 763-4653
Coast Line Inn503 Nutt StWilmington, NC (910) 763-2800
Comfort Suites Of Wilmington4721 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 793-9300
Courtyard By Marriott Wilmington151 Van Campen BlvdWilmington, NC (800) 321-2211
Days Inn-market ST5040 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 799-6300
Econolodge2929 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 763-3318
El-berta Motor Inn4505 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 799-1214
Extended Stay America4929 New Ctr DrWilmington, NC (910) 793-4508
Fairfield Inn By Marriott306 S College RdWilmington, NC (910) 392-6767
Hampton Inn & Suites-landfall Park1989 Eastwood RdWilmington, NC (910) 256-9600
Hampton Inn - Midtown5107 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 395-5045
Hampton Inn Medical Park2320 South 17th StWilmington, NC (910) 796-8881
Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington At Mayfaire Town Center6745 Rock Spring RdWilmington, NC (910) 509-4046
Ho Jo Express Inn3901 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 343-1727
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites160 Van Campen BlvdWilmington, NC (910) 392-3227
Holiday Inn-wilmington4903 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 799-1440
Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel5032 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 392-1101
Inn At ST Thomas Court101 S Second StWilmington, NC (910) 343-1800
Innkeeper Wilmington5345 W Market StWilmington, NC (910) 799-4292
Jameson Inn - Wlimington5102 Dunlea CourtWilmington, NC (910) 452-5660
Mainstay Suites5229 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 392-1741
Mill Creek Apartments414 Mill Creek CourtWilmington, NC (910) 799-7655
Motel 62828 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 762-0120
Quality Inn4926 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 791-8850
Ramada Inn & Conference CTR5001 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 799-1730
Residence Inn By Marriott Landfall1200 Culbreth DrWilmington, NC (800) 331-3131
Sleep Inn5225 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 313-6665
Suburban Extended Stay Hotel245 Eastwood RdWilmington, NC (910) 793-1920
Super 8 Motel-wilmington3604 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 343-9778
The Keys @ 17th Street4129 Hearthside DrWilmington, NC (910) 350-1133
Waterway Lodge7246 Wrightsville AveWilmington, NC (800) 677-3771
Wilmington Hilton301 N Water StWilmington, NC (910) 763-5900
Wingate Inn-wilmington5126 Market StWilmington, NC (910) 395-7011
Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort1706 N Lumina AveWrightsville Beach, NC9.1 mi.(910) 256-2231
Microtel Inn & Suites907 N Lake Park BlvdCarolina Beach, NC13.1 mi.(910) 458-1300
Shipwreck Lodge412 Carolina BCH Ave NCarolina Beach, NC13.5 mi.(910) 458-5557
Courtyard By Marriott Carolina Beach100 Charlotte AveCarolina Beach, NC13.6 mi.(910) 458-2030
Docksider Inn Oceanfront202 N NC Rt 421Kure Beach, NC16.0 mi.(910) 458-4200

Wilmington Weather & Climate

The Gulf Stream helps moderate North Carolina temperatures, especially along the immediate coast. Coastal fronts are common during the winter months and can bring warmer than expected temperatures to the inland coastal areas. However, at times a cold front passes between the Gulf Stream and the North Carolina coast, and the meeting of the two opposing currents sometimes causes rough weather. Summer air temperatures along the immediate coastline are lower than those even a few miles inland. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to influence the weather about twice in an average year. About once every 10 years, these storms strike a part of the State with sufficient force to do damage. Summer precipitation is the most variable, occurring mostly with thunderstorms. Daily showers are not uncommon, but neither are periods of one to two weeks without rain. Autumn is the driest season.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 56°F 35°F 4.52 in. 48°F
February 59°F 37°F 3.66 in. 48°F
March 66°F 43°F 4.22 in. 53°F
April 74°F 51°F 2.94 in. 63°F
May 80°F 59°F 4.40 in. 73°F
June 86°F 67°F 5.36 in. 77°F
July 89°F 72°F 7.62 in. 81°F
August 88°F 71°F 7.31 in. 81°F
September 84°F 65°F 6.79 in. 77°F
October 75°F 53°F 3.21 in. 72°F
November 67°F 45°F 3.26 in. 60°F
December 59°F 38°F 3.78 in. 53°F

Wilmington Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Wilmington International airport (ILM) located about 3 miles northeast of Wilmington, the Albert J Ellis airport (OAJ) located approximately 45 miles northeast of Wilmington in Jacksonville, North Carolina, the Myrtle Beach International airport (MYR) located roughly 67 miles southwest of Wilmington in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and finally Fayetteville Regional Grannis Field (FAY) located around 75 miles northwest of Wilmington in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Wilmington Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Jubilee ParkCarolina BeachNC13.5 mi.
Myrtle Beach Grand PrixNorth Myrtle BeachSC50.7 mi.
Windy Hill Watterboggan ParkNorth Myrtle BeachSC50.7 mi.
Family Kingdom Amusement ParkMyrtle BeachSC65.5 mi.
Gay Dolphin ParkMyrtle BeachSC65.5 mi.
Myrtle Beach PavilionMyrtle BeachSC65.5 mi.
Pedroland ParkDillonSC82.5 mi.
 
Water Parks
Myrtle Waves Water ParkMyrtle BeachSC65.5 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Beau Rivage Resort & Golf ClubWilmingtonNC 
Cape Golf & Racquet ClubWilmingtonNC 
Duck Haven Golf ClubWilmingtonNC 
Echo Farms Golf & Country ClubWilmingtonNC 
Inland Greens Golf CourseWilmingtonNC 
Porters Neck Plantation & Country ClubWilmingtonNC 
Porters Neck Plantation & Country ClubWilmingtonNC 
Wilmington Municipal Golf CourseWilmingtonNC 
Magnolia Greens Golf PlantationLelandNC5.7 mi.
Olde Fort Golf CourseWinnabowNC10.2 mi.
Lakes Country ClubBoiling Spring LakesNC15.0 mi.
Carolina National Golf ClubBoliviaNC16.0 mi.
Belvedere Plantation Golf & Country ClubHampsteadNC16.3 mi.
Castle Bay Country ClubHampsteadNC16.3 mi.
Olde Point Golf CourseHampsteadNC16.3 mi.
Topsail Greens Golf & Country ClubHampsteadNC16.3 mi.
Riegelwood Country ClubRiegelwoodNC17.3 mi.
Bald Head Island Country ClubSouthportNC21.3 mi.
Founders Club at St JamesSouthportNC21.3 mi.
Members Club at St James PlantationSouthportNC21.3 mi.
Players Club at St James PlantationSouthportNC21.3 mi.
Buccaneer Country ClubBurgawNC22.5 mi.
Oak Island Golf ClubCaswell BeachNC23.9 mi.
Lockwood Folly Country ClubHolden BeachNC29.0 mi.
 
State Parks
Lake Waccamaw State ParkNC29.5 mi. 
Singletary Lake State ParkNC38.3 mi. 
 
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort FisherKure BeachNC16.0 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC76.0 mi.
Brookgreen GardensPawleys IslandSC87.0 mi.


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