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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Orange Street Arts Festival
Wilmington's largest downtown arts festival returns for its 20th year! The work of more than 55 artists from Wilmington and across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee will be featured at this glorious anniversary event. Participants will exhibit oil and watercolor paintings, pottery, jewelry, wood, glass, and paper creations. The Orange Street Arts Fest is both relaxing and exhilarating with live entertainment, old-fashioned fair food and a wine and beer tent. This year's festival will also include a Children's Play Place complete with games and inflatables and local food trucks from some of the best restaurants in the area! With its laid back attitude and historic Downtown Wilmington setting, the Orange Street ArtsFest has been described as "A Jewel of a Show" so don't miss out!
Sun, May 24, 2015 - Sun, May 24, 2015
Sat, May 23, 2015 - Sat, May 23, 2015
Saturday: 10am-6pm, Sunday: 10am-5pm
50th Annual Memorial Day Observance-Battleship
On Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, at 5:45 pm, people of all generations from across the State will gather together on the deck of the Battleship to pay their respects. An emotional ceremony, preceding and concluding with military musical arrangements provided by a military band, and a guest speaker reflecting on the past as well as where we are today. The Executive Director of the Battleship, Captain Terry A. Bragg and members of the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship Commission invite the public to this free event.
Carolina Beach Music Festival
Listen up all you beach music aficionados; this is your chance to dance barefoot on the sand or just sway to the beat while standing in the surf. Held the first Saturday in June, the Beach Music Festival hosted by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is billed as "the biggest and only beach music festival actually held on the beach on the North Carolina coast" and one of the longest running beach music festivals in the United States. Come out and enjoy a full day of live entertainment with the hottest beach music bands in the south! * You can access this festival via the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.*
Sat, June 06, 2015 - Sat, June 06, 2015
Gates Open: 10:00am
Advanced: $20, Gate: $25 . Cash only at the event. Children Aged 12 and Under: Free. Coolers, Beverages and Food Allowed. Sorry no glass, pets or refunds.
Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival
There is no better way to welcome the fall season at the coast than to attend the 22nd Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival! This year's magnificant line-up will feature Grammy-Award winning Dr. John & the Nite Trippers with their unique blend on New Orleans R&B and classic funk. Opening for Dr. John is Australian songstress & slide guitarist Kara Grainger who has toured with previous Seafood Festival performer Buddy Guy. Closing out the festival on the 11th will be "Queen of the blues" & two-time Grammy nominee, Shemekia Copeland who has shared the stage with the Rolling Stones, Buddy Guy, B.B. King and Eric Clapton.
There will be many other blues & jazz groups on two stages over the two-day festival. Held at the Ft. Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, this event is sure to sell out quickly, so purchase your tickets ahead of time. Please do not bring coolers or pets, but bring your chairs, towels & blankets for a weekend of music & seafood at the coast.
PPD Beach to Battleship Triathalon
The PPD Beach2Battleship is an internationally recognized iron distance and half iron distance triathlon. Competitors from around the country and the world have traveled to the Wilmington, N.C. area to enjoy everything this world famous waterfront destination has to offer and to experience a competition Triathlete Magazine named as one of the top 5 iron distance triathlons in the world.
PPD, a leading global contract research organization, supports the event as its title sponsor to educate the public on the vital role of clinical research and participation in clinical trials to deliver new medicines to improve health and save lives, and to support the local community. All of the event's net proceeds are contributed to the Wilmington Family YMCA.