Wilmington, NC Vacation Offers History, Dining, and Entertainment Near Myrtle Beach
Just 60 miles from Myrtle Beach is an area that will capture your imagination, your senses, and your heart. A historic town on a riverfront, stretching golden seashores and activities for everyone is what you will find when visiting the Historic Wilmington/Cape Fear area. Named by early explorers for its ominous waters, Cape Fear is now a busy port and has beautiful, peaceful beaches, as well as everything for the sportsman and water enthusiast. Historic Wilmington encompasses more than 230 blocks, and is a well-preserved town showcasing the social and artistic legacy of the area. You will not want to miss this chance to experience such an amazing locale.
The Cape Fear coast encompasses many beaches, including Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. For those who want to soak up the sun, you will find no better place on the East Coast. In addition to that, the overwhelming sense of the past surrounds you- reminding you of explorers, pirates and seafarers, who long ago came to this place from far away. There are also boardwalks, marinas, piers and an amusement park.
Or, if you are up for water-sports, you can find anything you are looking for : kayaking, canoeing, sailing, fishing, etc...all of these activities are available and you will find the equipment you need at local outfitters, who also offer instructional services. Did we mention year-round golf? Nearby restaurants offer fresh seafood and local delicacies like you can only find on the East Coast. And after your long exciting day on the Cape Fear coast, you can retire at any number of hotels, inns, resorts, or even a bed and breakfast. (Note to Dawson's Creek fans: this is the area where the show was filmed.)
Historic Wilmington Shopping District
The Historic Wilmington area offers well-preserved and renovated buildings, taking visitors back in time. Mansions, landmark buildings, churches, and other attractions helped place this town on the National Register of Historic Places. Known as the "Port City of Progress and Pleasure," many of Wilmington's beautiful structures have been remade into shopping venues, restaurants and museums.
Visitors can enjoy exploring the Battleship North Carolina, enjoying the Bellamy Mansion Museum and Gardens, or taking a tour on a trolley or in a horse and buggy through the history district. And don't miss the antique shops and art galleries in this very inspired region.
So if you are in the area, why not take a few days out to visit this fascinating place? You will find yourself longing to return to this region year after year. It will be time well spent, and you will have great memories and stories to share.