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 island’s winding creeks and waterways by standup paddleboard or kayak. Named as one of the world’s 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.
The New Hanover County arboretum is almost 7 acres of beautiful educational gardens, including a 3/4 acre water garden with colorful Koi and lilies, a Japanese Garden with an authentic tea house and numerous Japanese maples, a children's cottage with fantasy characters painted inside and a rose garden.
Historic Downtown Wilmington
Prepare to fall in love with this charming coastal city. Horse-drawn carriages still click along the downtown riverwalk and riverboats cruise its 300-year-old harbor, but the past is only part of the coastal city's story. What was once a busy port teeming with markets, warehouses and the world's largest cotton exchange has become a lively spot for arts, shopping, family activities, fine dining and nightlife.
Located at the southern tip of Pleasure Island, Kure Beach invites you to unplug from the world in a beautifully natural, small-town beach unlike any other. Kure Beach is filled with a lot of what you're hoping to find on a vacation or getaway: beautiful, natural surroundings with vistas of the ocean and the river; an aquarium and park; and the kind of local character that seems to have all but disappeared from coastal towns.
Historic Airlie Gardens encompasses 67 acres of beautiful Gilded Age gardens and lakes. Admire the azaleas, gaze at the camellias, stand in the shade of the 450-year old Airlie Oak, experience nature's most delicate and ephemeral creatures - butterflies - in the region's first permanent butterfly house.
Mayfaire (Shopping & Dining)
Just 5 minutes from Wilmington KOA, Mayfaire is a wonderfully unique place to shop and dine! Designed to emulate the sense of community and friendly commerce found at the center of town, this shopping haven is one of those rare places where you can go with a diverse shopping list and find everything you're looking for in one shopping center. There are more than 80 merchants featuring specialty retailers, salons, and restaurants at Mayfaire Town Center.
Fort Fisher Historic Area
The Fort Fisher State Historic Site boasts scenic easements of both the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. A half-mile tour trail surrounds the archaeological remains of the Confederate fort. Exterior exhibits, a reconstructed palisade fence and a partially restored gun emplacement enhance historic interpretation. The tour trail encircles the Western Bastion, including the partially restored Shepherd's Battery, which boasts a fully functional reproduction of a rifled and banded 32-pounder cannon.
Cape Fear Serpentarium
This unique attraction features live exhibits of the world's rarest & most dangerous snakes, crocodiles, lizards, dragons and more in lush state-of-the-art dioramas designed by the NC Film Industry. There is an additional Africa Museum showcasing rare tribal African artifacts.
Visit the Bellamy Mansion Museum, one of North Carolina's premier architectural and historic treasures, that offers tours, changing exhibitions on history and design arts, and an informative look at historic preservation in action. HOURS: Tours are on the hour: Tues-Sat: 10am-4pm, Sun: 1pm-4pm ADMISSION: Adults: $10 Senior/Military: $9 College Students: $5 Children (5-12): $4 Children Under 5: Free
Cape Fear Museum of History & Science
Explore the rich history, science, and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear region at the state's oldest history museum. Discover the past in Cape Fear Stories, where you can see a scale model of 1863 Wilmington waterfront and watch the Civil War Battle of Fort Fisher unfold before your eyes. Investigate coastal ecology in the hands-on Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery. Meet Wilmington's oldest resident, a 20-foot-tall Giant Ground Sloth. Enjoy educational programs for children and families every Saturday and programs for adults throughout the year. Changing special exhibits always on view. Check Out our Summer Camp Programs. Museum Summer Camps teach kids that science and history are FUN! FALL/WINTER HOURS: Mon: Closed, Tues-Sat: 9am-5pm Sun: 1pm-5pm SPRING/SUMMER HOURS ( Memorial Day-Labor Day ) : Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun:1pm-5pm ADMISSION: Adults: $7 Seniors: $6 College Students: $6 Military: $6 Youth (4-17) : $4 Children Under 3: FREE ** First Sunday of Every Month is Free for New Hanover County Residents***
Children's Museum of Wilmington
The Children's Museum of Wilmington stimulates children's imagination, curiosity and love of learning. Our Museum celebrates the joys of childhood by providing magical and playful experiences for children of all ages. The Museum serves children ages 1-10 and their adult company. Our goal is for all our visitors to learn amazing things about themselves and the world where we live through informal, playful, hands-on and child-directed experiences.
Lumina Station (Shopping & Dining)
Welcome to Lumina Station, the shopping village by the beach. Here you will discover a charming collection of locally owned boutiques, distinctive restaurants and cafes that you won't find anywhere else in Wilmington or Wrightsville Beach, NC. Winner of Coastal Living magazine's first-ever award for contextual design, Lumina Station's beautiful landscaping, whimsical sculptures and storybook bridges make for a truly unique local shopping experience.
Chandler's Wharf (Shopping & Dining)
Chandler's Wharf is an upscale shopping and dining complex with ample free parking. Unique shops and galleries are nestled in a beautiful warehouse building overlooking the Cape Fear River. All businesses are locally owned and operated.
Cameron Art Museum
The Cameron Art Museum is the only art museum in southeastern North Carolina. It regularly presents changing special exhibitions, lectures and programs. The museum occupies a 42,000-square-foot facility designed in 2002 by the renowned architectural firm of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates (NYC). Cameron Art Museum is sited on a 9.3-acre woodland park known as Pyramid Park, featuring long-leaf pine woodlands, outdoor sculptures, nature trails, a historic Civil War site and The Clay Studio housed in the Pancoe Art Education Center. The main museum building includes three exhibition areas, the Weyerhaeuser lecture and reception hall, a museum gift shop and free parking.
Wilmington Railroad Museum
The Wilmington Railroad Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and the history of railroading in the southeastern United States. The Wilmington Railroad Museum has an eclectic collection of displays, which you and your children should find fun and educational. HOURS: October 29, 2012 - March 1, 2013 Mon-Sat: 10am-4pm, Sunday: Closed Closed Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, New Years Day, Easter *** Hours are subject to change - Please call 910-763-2634*** ADMISSION: Adults: $8.50 Seniors/Military: $7.50 Children (2-12): $4.50
Greenfield Lake & Gardens
With 250 acres, Greenfield Park is la lovely place for outside activities. Located next to Greenfield Lake it features 2 unlit tennis courts, the Greenfield Grind skate park, outdoor amphitheater, boat rentals, and a 5 mile biking/walking trail. Other park amenities include restroom facilities, water fountains, playgrounds, open space, shelters, picnic areas, grills, concession stand, lighted facilities, passive area, and of course planting beds.
Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park
A complete family Entertainment Center featuring Waterpark with a Million Gallon Wave Pool, Dual Lane Speed Slides, Side Winder, Super Bowl, Lazy River, Volcano Mountain, Tower of Slides, "Snack Shack" snack bar, and 7,000 sq. ft. Kiddie Splash Pool. Dry Park features Jungle Lagoon Golf, Alien Invasion Laser Tag Arena, Grand Prix Go-Karts, "The Rock" Climbing Wall, Kids Jungle Indoor Playground, over 100 Arcade Games, Big Splash Cafe, and Group Party facilities. Games and Activities not included in regular Waterpark admission. Meeting/Banquet Rooms available (largest accommodates 200 guests). HOURS: Off- Season (Early Sept.-Early June) Mon-Thurs:10am-10pm, Fri-Sat:10am-12am, Sun: 12pm-10pm Closed: Thanksgiving & Christmas In-Season: Sun-Th:10am-11pm, Fri-Sat: 10am-12am Water Park: 11am-6pm ADMISSION: No General Admission Charge -Pay for which activities you wish to play-prices range from $4.99-$8.99. For Water Park prices please call.
Poplar Grove Plantation
One of the oldest existing peanut plantations in North Carolina , Poplar Grove Plantation was in the same family for over 6 generations. The Foys originally purchased the land in 1795 and kept it until the mid 1970's. The preserved homestead of a successful farming family, offers daily tours of the 1850 manor house, live craft demonstrations typical of 1800s working plantation, farm animals and exhibits. HOURS: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 12pm-5pm, Closed: Easter, Thanksgiving * See website for tour hours* **The Plantation is closed during the winter from December 21 - March 4, 2013** TOUR ADMISSION: Adults: $10 Senior/Military: $9 Students (6-15): $5