Local Area Attractions
Wilmington KOA is conveniently located just minutes from Wrightsville Beach and historic downtown Wilmington, NC. Checkout some of these local attractions as you plan your next visit!
Wrightsville Beach is just minutes from the Wilmington KOA. Surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean, it is the picture-perfect beach community with lots to see and do. Explore the islands winding creeks and waterways by standup paddleboard or kayak. Named as one of the worlds best surf towns, you can catch some waves on the ocean side then venture over to the Intracoastal Waterway for boating, sailing or waterfront dining.
The Cotton Exchange (Shopping & Dining)
The site of the largest cotton-exporting company in the world in the nineteenth century, this collection of eight buildings overlooking the Cape Fear River was converted into a shopping and dining center in the early 1970s. Its renovation marked the beginning of the restoration of downtown Wilmington. Shoppers can enjoy a bit of history as they stroll the mall's tri-level space where displays of cotton bales, weighing equipment and photographs tell the story of the center's evolution. Parking is free for visitors of the complex.
One of the oldest and most beautiful theatres in America. Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts has been in continuous use since it opened in 1858. Forming the east wing of Wilmington's magnificent City Hall, the facility hosts over 250 performance events annually. The complex houses three performance venues, the Main Stage, the Grand Ballroom, and the Studio Theatre.
Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, NC, also known as Pleasure Island, offer pristine uncrowded beaches, sparking surf, quality family activities, affordable accommodations, watersports, fishing, shopping, delicious fresh seafood, and Southern charm. Carolina Beach and Kure Beach are very popular with visitors, residents, and newcomers seeking a quaint yet thriving beach town. Just a 30 minute drive from historic downtown Wilmington, this laid-back friendly island offers relaxation, miles of sandy beaches, and events and festivals to keep you entertained all year long.
USS North Carolina Battleship
Without question, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is the centerpiece of the Wilmington Riverfront. A majestic symbol of this country's hard-earned naval victories in World War II, the battleship is a must-see attraction.
Local Area Activities
From the historic downtown river district and Riverwalk that winds around the storied Cape Fear River to three colorful island beaches, Wilmington and our beach towns, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, all charm visitors and residents alike with an independent spirit and energy that nourishes and recharges the soul. Surrounded by water, history, and natural beauty, it's the ideal place for a vacation or weekend getaway.
Located along the Cape Fear River in Historic Downtown Wilmington in Riverfront Park, the curbside market features local farmers, producers, artists and crafters. Products include fresh fruits and berries, vegetables, plants, herbs, flowers, eggs, cheeses, meats, seafood, honey, baked goods, legumes, pickled items, jams and jellies, wine, art, crafts and more. View Photo Gallery
From specialty boutiques offering unique lines to malls carrying the large national brands, Wilmington has an amazing array of shops. Whether you're looking for clothes, games, children's toys, electronics, art, antiques, housewares, books, appliances or almost anything else, we have a shop for you. Bargain hunters will be pleased with the large number of consignment shops in the area.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
Tall Ship El Galeon Visits Wilmington
Don't miss out on one of the most exciting international nautical events of 2015! Step back in time aboard El Galeon, the breathtaking 1/1 scale reconstruction of a 16th Century Spanish galleon. Five of the six decks are available for tour, including an exhibition about the "San Pelayo", the Spanish galleon that founded St. Augustine, the first city in the US. The all-Spanish crew travels from port to port and in the open sea and the ship is also used in the NBC series Crossbones.
Tickets are available for sale at the ship between 10AM and 5:30PM on Aug 14 Aug 23. Tickets can also be purchased on-line through Eventbrite.
Admission: Adults: $10, Children 12 and Under: $5
2015 Wahine Classic
The Wrightsville Beach Wahine Classic continues to be a beloved Wrightsville Beach surfing tradition. Returning to the south end of Wrightsville Beach, this forum is for all levels of female surfers; amateur to pro and experienced. Divisions will include: Pro Shortboard and Pro Longboard, open to all ages; and Amateur Shortboard and Longboard, grouped by age. The popular Stand Up Paddleboard division as well as the crowd favorite Tiny Wahine event will complete the competition.
Admission: Please see website for registration prices
Port City Rib Fest
In its inaugural year, the Port City Rib Fest drew a crowd of over 17,000 people from around the country to taste the nation's best BBQ. Join us this year for even more! Held along the Wilmington riverfront, this festival is a three-day celebration of great BBQ and music. National BBQ teams from across the country will come to Wilmington to sell their BBQ and compete against each other for bragging rights. Many of these "ribbers" have been featured on several national TV networks including the Food Channel, TLC and the Discovery Channel's "Pitmaster." Enjoy not only ribs but beef brisket, chopped and sliced pork, chicken, sausages and a plethora of side items, desserts and drinks prepared Memphis-style, Chicago-style, Texas-style and more.
Dates: Fri, August 14, 2015 Sat, August 15, 2015 Sun, August 16, 2015
Time: Fri & Sat: 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Sun: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Admission: Adults: $6, Children: $1, Special Admission Fri (11:00 AM - 4:00 PM): $1
Pier 2 Pier Open Water Swim Race
Accept the open water challenge of the Pier-2-Pier Swim Race at beautiful Wrightsville Beach! This annual event is in it's 11th year and entails swimming approximately two miles between Johnnie Mercer's Pier and the Crystal Pier as well as swimming around marker buoys from the start line to the finish line. The starting point for the race will be determined on race day in accordance with the ocean current that day. Division will be determined by male and female groups and age range with awards being given to the best Overall Male, best Overall Female, best Overall Masters Male (40+) and best Overall Masters Female (40+).
Time: Race Briefing: 8:45 AM, Race Start: 9:00 AM
Admission: Before Aug 31: $40, Before Sept 9: $55. Open to all swimmers 11 years and older.
Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta & Festival
Come celebrate sports, health, wellness & the arts with Carolina Beach! The Carolina Beach Dragon Boat Regatta and Festival will have many activities one of which is the famous Dragon Boat Race. Enjoy being afloat on a colorful 45 foot long watercraft with your friends, neighbors, customers, family or co-workers & form a team for this heart racing event. Each boat will be manned by 20 people plus a steersman and a drummer for the full effect. On Friday evening, enjoy a kickoff party complete w/ a parade and introduction of all competing teams, live music and refreshments (available for purchase). Saturday, get ready to race with the first event starting at 9:00 am! Teams will be competing for trophies with awards for the Fastest time, Slowest time, Most Spirited team, Best Costumes, Match Race Winners and more. The Awards Ceremony and Celebration Party will begin at 4 pm on Saturday evening and feature 30 vendors serving their best fare at the Marina.
Time: Fri: 5:00pm, Sat: 8:30am