Activities and Culture

Learn about Wilmington's' popular activities and culture.

Activities

It would be surprising to find a Wilmington local that doesn't have the beach towards the top of their list of favorite activities. For the avid golfer, there are over a dozen courses in the local area, and mild fall and spring weather allow for longer playing seasons. For those looking for a bite to eat and a bit of shopping, downtown Wilmington should do the trick as well.

At a glance

Bowling Alleys:

3

Movie Theaters:

2

Casinos:

0

Public Libraries:

4

Malls:

5

Shooting Ranges:

2

Sports Teams within 60 Miles:

0

Closest Beach:

Wrightsville Beach (10 miles away)

Closest Skiing:

n/a

Golf courses and country clubs:

14

Universities:

2

  • Area
  • National Average

Food

Food Summary

For seafood lovers, Wilmington has a variety of options serving fresh, local fare. Locals also enjoy the large selection of breakfast spots, from cafés to coffee bars. Although white tablecloth restaurants aren't as popular, there are still some great options when looking to celebrate a special occasion.

  • Restaurants

    521
  • Bars

    46
  • Local Specialty

    Shrimp/seafood

Culture

Culture Summary

For those interested in the performing arts, Thalian Hall has been entertaining local crowds since 1858. The Cultural Arts building at UNC Wilmington contains a recital hall, two theatres, and an art gallery. The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra offers shows year-round, and the North Carolina Jazz festival spans three days annually featuring popular jazz musicians.

  • Total performing arts companies

    25
  • Museums

    14
  • Historical Sites

    2
  • Zoos and Botanical Gardens

    4
  • Vineyards

    2

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