Treasure is not only on the sea floor surrounding the Wilmington Coast, but also within the historic district and on it’s beaches. The Crystal Coast has many wonders to behold and offers a little something for everyone.
As the summer comes to a close and labor day draws near – Wilmington, NC should be must see destination for all travelers.
For the History Buff
Wilmington got it’s start in 1739 and stood as North Carolina’s Largest Town from 1840 through the early 1900’s. Due to the coastal location, proximity to a large number of military bases and the building of the worlds largest continuous railroad track in the world, Wilmington offers a large amount of history to visitors.
The waterfront is the permanent home to the WWII Battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55) which was decommissioned June 27th 1947. Since arriving October 2nd 1961 the ship has been dedicated as the States Memorial to World War II Veterans.
To experience the past first hand, the Poplar Grove Plantation is a must see. Built in the 1950’s and recognized as part of the National Register of Historic Places – a visit to Poplar Grove is like a step back in time. After passing through 6 generations in the same family, the oldest existing Peanut Plantation in North Carolina became a non-profit foundation showcasing the typical lifestyle of the 1800’s and servings as a historical education center for children and other visitors.
For the Beach Lover
As a coastal town, Wilmington is bordered by the Cape Fear River to the West and the Atlantic Ocean to the East offering breath-taking views all around. Home to three beaches – Wrightsville Beach, Kure Beach, and Carolina Beach, Wilmington is a great place for beach lovers. Each seaside offers a distinct personality and varied excursions like surfing, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, and much more. Additionally the beach is home to renowned civil war sites and one of the state’s three aquariums.
If you prefer a river view make sure to take a walk through the 230-block historic district and view the Cape Fear River that flows lazily by the two-mile long riverwalk. While you’re there make sure to take some time to sit at the water’s edge where you can indulge in the fresh seafood from the 50 locally owned restaurants and other regional specialties.
For the Movie Buff
For the Movie Buff, walking through the streets of Wilmington, NC has the feel of being on a movie set. The reason is that the streets of Wilmington have in fact been background for a large number of series and movies. Visitors can take part in 90 minute walking tours which take place during the week and on weekends, showcasing portions of the city that have been utilized in a of series locally shot as well as major motion pictures.
Wilmington is also home to the EUE Screen Gems Studio which is the largest domestic television and movie production facility outside of California. The 50-acre film and television production complex includes a 150,000 square foot column-free studio stage includes the 3rd largest sound stage in the US and the largest special effects water tank in North America. Since the studio first opened in 1984 Wilmington has turned into a major center for American Film and Television production with some of their latest claims to fame being Iron Man 3 and NBC’s series Revolution among many others.
For the Underwater Explorer
Nicknamed the Graveyard of the Atlantic due to a sprawling number of shipwrecks – the coast of NC offers a plethora of dive sites for the Underwater Explorer to visit with many of them accessible locally from Wilmington. The Aquatic Safaris Dive Shop has been named NC’s best Scuba Diving and Charter Facility in Wilmington since 1988.
The Boardwalk Blast event series takes place at the Carolina Beach Gazebo every Thursday through Labor day including seaside amusement rides, food, games, and live music from various artists. Each concert concludes with 9pm fireworks. For weekend fun at the Gazebo stop by the Farmers Market on Sundays (8a – 1p) and enjoy outdoor movies at dusk.
For more information about Wilmington, NC please visit: http://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/city_manager/about_wilmington
For more information about the Battleship USS North Carolina please visit: http://www.battleshipnc.com/
For more information about Poplar Grove Plantation please visit: http://www.poplargrove.com/
For more information about Wilmington’s beaches please visit: http://www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com/
For more information about the EUE Screen Gems studio please visit: http://euescreengems.com/studios-support/north-carolina/
For a full list of movies/series filmed in Wilmington, NC please visit: http://www.hollywoodnc.com/hollywood_location_walk_movie_tv_list.html
For a full list of Wrecks off the Coast of NC please visit: http://www.nc-wreckdiving.com/shipwrecks.html
For more information about Aquatic Safaris Dive Shop please visit: http://www.aquaticsafaris.com/
For more information about the Hyde Wreck Dive Site please visit: http://www.wilmingtondiving.com/hyde.htm
For more information about the Frying Pan Tower Dive Site please visit: http://www.aquaticsafaris.com/dive_report_pics/061111_2/index.html#
For more information about the Bands playing at Boardwalk Blast and other events please visit: http://www.visitcarolinabeachnc.com/boardwalk%20blast%20schedule%202013
For more information about the Wrightsville Beach Wahine Contest please visit: http://www.crystalsouthsurfcamp.com/wrightsville-beach-wahine-classic.cfm
Tamara is a Business Development Manager and Commercial Actress. She completed her B.S in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Green Science from NC State. She is a Business Development Manager for Milliken Chemical in the Midwest and West Coast territories of NA. She is represented for commercial acting/modeling by Maultsby Model and Talent Agency in Wilmington, NC. She has a background in photography, writing, and international service projects with Engineers without Borders NCSU. Tamara is a Travel Contributor for Carolina Style and lives by these words from Henry David Thoreau "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams" believing that nothing is too far out of reach.