Explore Wilmington’s History and Scenic Beaches
Located near the magnificent Atlantic Ocean and the picturesque Cape Fear River, the town of Wilmington offers plenty of things to do. The Country Inn & Suites is located about halfway between downtown’s award-winning riverfront and historic district to the west and the popular Wrightsville Beach to the east. Spend a day surfing in the ocean or see through the eyes of a World War II sailor on Battleship North Carolina. Students and families visiting the University of North Carolina Wilmington are just three miles away from campus, and those flying into town are a quick 10-minute drive from the ILM airport. Overwhelmed by the options? Ask our friendly concierge staff for personalized recommendations.
Arts and Culture:
- Battleship North Carolina (5 miles)
The USS North Carolina is a historic battleship that played a significant role in the Pacific Theater during WWII and now serves as a museum. Walk the deck, tour the sailors’ quarters, and learn about the bravery of the “Greatest Generation.”
Phone: +1 (910) 399-9101
- Cameron Art Museum (6.1 miles)
Boasting high-quality indoor exhibitions and whimsical outdoor sculptures, this attraction is a must-see for art enthusiasts. Stop by the on-site CAM Café for lunch, brunch or dinner prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
Phone: +1 (910) 395-5999
- Cape Fear Museum (3.9 miles)
Named after the headland on nearby Bald Head Island, Cape Fear is the state’s oldest history museum. Engage with hands-on exhibits that explore the area’s past, and stroll through the on-site park to learn about the region’s land and water resources.
Phone: +1 (910) 798-4370
- Coastline Conference & Event Center (5 miles)
Once the headquarters for the Atlantic Coastal Railroad, this 19th-century building on the shores of the Cape Fear River is now a beautiful setting for weddings, banquets and more.
Phone: +1 (910) 763-2800
- Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park (4.4 miles)
The family fun doesn’t stop at Jungle Rapids, which offers everything from a go-kart track to a rock-climbing wall. Be sure to pack your swimsuit if you want to splash around in the water park.
Phone: +1 (910) 791-0666
- Tregembo Animal Park (9.1 miles)
When the Tregembo family opened their humble animal park in 1952, they had no idea the zoo would one day house more than 100 species, ranging from lions and tigers to tree frogs and boa constrictors. Before you leave, snag a souvenir in the 4,000-square-foot gift shop.
Phone: +1 (910) 392-3604
Sports and Recreation:
- Airlie Gardens (4.9 miles)
Originally granted to the Ogden brothers by King George II in 1736, these historical gardens are now open to the public. Visit the ever-changing seasonal garden, stop by the mystery grave in the cemetery, and walk through the family-favorite butterfly house.
Phone: +1 (910) 798-7700
- University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) (1.5 miles)
This 14,000-student university is known not only for its outstanding marine science program but also for its NCAA Division I athletics. Come tour the campus and cheer on the Seahawks at Boseman Field, Brooks Field or Hanover Hall.
Phone: +1 (910) 962-3000
- Wilmington Ice House (4.4 miles)
Gather everyone in your travel group for an afternoon of ice skating or a pickup game of hockey at this NHL-size ice-skating arena.
Phone: +1 (910) 686-1987
- Wilmington Riverwalk (4.5 miles)
Take a romantic evening stroll along the shore or have family fun in the sun at the Wilmington Riverwalk. The historical Cotton Exchange shopping center and the USS North Carolina are both located on this one-mile stretch of boardwalk.
- Wrightsville Beach (6 miles)
Experience tranquility by sunbathing on the beautiful shoreline, or get your fill of thrills by surfing, diving or paddleboarding.
Phone: +1 (910) 256-8116
- New Hanover Regional Medical Center (5.4 miles)
- OfficeMax (across the street)
- Target (across the street)
- Wilmington International Airport (ILM) (3.8 miles)
- Alcami (3 miles)
- Chemtex (6 miles)
- Corning (1.5 miles)
- DuPont (5 miles)
- GE (9 miles)
- Leland Industrial Park (8 miles)
- North Carolina State Ports Authority (8 miles)
- PPD (3 miles)