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Home to the USS North Carolina which served in World War II, Wilmington is one of the most historic towns located on the outer banks of North Carolina.
Whether you enjoy beautiful days at the beach or prefer to explore downtown, Wilmington has it all. Lining the Cape Fear River, the Riverwalk stretches from the north to the south all the way from the Elizabeth Holmes Bridge to the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. The Riverwalk serves as one of the main focal points of downtown Wilmington and is a great place to experience the longstanding history of the city. While the Riverwalk continues to expand, other town favorites are the boutiques and art galleries located along the water. If you’re in town to catch the sunset, the Riverwalk has no shortage of delicious cuisine choices with a stunning river-view.
Just up the street from the Cape Fear River, lies Front Street which hosts annual events such as River Fest and the Lighthouse Wine and Beer Festival for the whole community to enjoy. Another local favorite is the Fourth Friday Gallery Walk downtown, where every month more than 22 local artists open their doors to the city and welcome engaging discussions over fine art, free wine, cheese, and other snacks.
Also known as the Port City, Wilmington has a large arts community and has been more famously known for their film, arts, and TV production. Some of the most popular TV-shows and movies the town is recognized for consist of; Iron Man 3, Sleepy Hollow, One Tree Hill, and Dawson’s Creek. In addition to the arts, a few other popular downtown tourist attractions include frequently held ghost tours, the antebellum Bellamy Mansion tours, and riverboat tours. On the other side of town lie Wilmington’s magnificent beaches which are open all year round.
Wrightsville Beach spans Wilmington’s east coast and is a popular tourist destination where you will find plenty of waves to surf, white sand to soak up the sun and a few well know restaurants. Known for its wonderful beach-town feel, Wilmington is also located not too far from Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Fort Fisher, and Myrtle Beach. Hop on a boat at any one of Wrightsville’s public docks and you can reach Masonboro Island in less than 15 minutes.
Besides the town's great beach and downtown vibes, many families and young individuals are attracted to the area due to its schooling system. The University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College, are two of the largest higher education organizations in town that have helped increase its population to just about 120,000 residents. Younger families will find more than 50 preschool options, over 40 elementary schools, roughly 30 middle schools and about 15 high schools in the area to choose from. As the community continues to expand, Wilmington and is a great place for families and individuals of all ages to plant roots.
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