Being an important 18th and 19th century port gives Wilmington a rich history that can be Observed in the downtown area of today. Wilmington has 3 house museums that can be toured for a small fee, all homes of prominent citizens of their day. The Cape Fear Museum gives an overview of the area starting long before the settlement by Europeans.
Historical tours are available for fee by trolley and horse drawn carriages. In warm weather there is even a walking ghost tour every evening.
There is a wide variety of restaurants in the downtown area, a good many sitting on the beautiful Cape Fear River.
The battleship North Carolina rests in permanent berth sitting directly across the river from downtown. It is open everyday and does give an interesting few hours of climbing throughout to see what life on a large ship in wartime was like.
If you are interested in a relaxing cruise of surrounding waterways, Water Street is where you can start a tour by the paddleboat Henrietta.
When you have had enough, retreat to one of the many Bed & Breakfasts that are sprinkled throughout the downtown area.
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