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.
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Poplar Groves Paranormal Ghost Tour
Enjoy this unique paranormal ghost tour celebrating the Southern tradition of painting porch ceilings Haint Blue to ward off restless souls. Spirits and haunts, or haints, of all ages, from 1850 to 1950, continue to hover around this manor house, particularly in the dining room, upstairs hallway, and childrens room. There are lots of true stories of the Poplar Grove's Foy family household haints to share, including a murderous crime of passion. Come discover who these phantoms are, and why theyre still here. We will share a little history with you, provide a scroll of the dead, and permit you to focus on a particular room or rooms for paranormal activity.
Cameras, and other paranormal equipment is permitted.
Dates : Start: October 09, 2015 - End: October 30, 2015
Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival
Date: Oct 10-11, 2015
Time: Saturday - doors open at 11am (EST)
Sunday - doors open at 6pm (EST)
Location: Kure Beach, NC
22nd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival
Two Day Passes (in advance): $50
Saturday Only Ticket (day-of): $60
Sunday Only Ticket (day-of): $25
Children 12 and under are admitted free.
In October, when the weather is warm, the suns shining and the warm ocean breezes are fluttering, bring your lawn chairs and family, leave your hectic world behind and exercise your license to chill for two music filled days at the world famous Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival.
For more information, please visit their website:
Aviation Day & 5K
Come celebrate the wonders of aircrafts with the Wilmington International Airport! Bring out the whole family for a day of fun including a static aircraft display (including warbirds), tons of food from local eateries and a 5K run and 1 mile fun run on the newly rehabilitated runway! Also in tow will be the Wilmington Model Flying Club, The Sun Coast Cruisers Car Club and a kids area complete with a bouncy house, face painting a clown and more.
**Please note that coolers and backpacks are strictly prohibited at this event.
** For information on the 5K please see this website http://jonesracingcompany.com/ilm-airport-5k/ .
Port City Rumble
The 9th Annual Port City Rumble will take place Saturday, October 10th. This annual event includes traditional hotrods, modified cars and motorcycles, death-defying creeper races and awards. Live music will be provided (TBA), along with fun parties at various establishments around downtown Wilmington- Get ready to ROCK!
Dates : Start: October 10, 2015 - End: October 10, 2015
Time: Hours: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tast of Wrightsville Beach
Enjoy the flavors of Wrightsville Beach restaurants! The Taste of Wrightsville Beach festival celebrates the island's diverse and delicious fare on and around the beach with over 30 food, wine and beer tasting booths. (See website for a full list of vendors). Celebrity judges will rate the dishes with a "Best in Show" while the public will select the "People's Choice" award. This is an evening not to miss and only 500 tickets will be sold so book your tickets today!
Dates : Start: October 10, 2015 - End: October 10, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Admission: Advanced until 10/4: $75, Friends of WB Foundation: $60, Under 21: $25, Tickets After Midnight 10/4: $100