Free and Cheap Things to Do in Wilmington, NC

Free and Cheap Things to Do in Wilmington, NC

Are you planning a fun summer excursion? Spending time in Wilmington can be a great way to get outdoors with your family and friends. You can also enjoy many free activities in Wilmington, North Carolina, during your trip — whether you want to swim in the ocean or go on a scenic hike.

Here is a list of fun, free and cheap things to do in Wilmington, North Carolina.

1. Visit the Wrightsville Beach Mailbox

If you are a fan of Nicholas Sparks and his novel, “Every Breath,” Wrightsville Beach has its own Kindred Spirit Mailboxes, made famous in the book. There are two mailboxes stacked on top of each other at the north end of Wrightsville Beach, full of notebooks, letters and other memorabilia people leave behind. You could leave a note of your own in one of the notebooks or on a separate piece of paper.

While visiting the mailboxes, you could also spend time on the beach.

2. Explore Downtown Wilmington and The Riverwalk

Enjoy shopping and walking around Downtown Wilmington, NC and The Riverwalk for a day. There are many unique boutiques, cafes, markets, art galleries and more you can explore. The Riverwalk is about two miles along the Cape Fear River, so you can be by the water while shopping.

If you have dinner or drinks outside, you could experience a beautiful sunset, too.

3. Walk Through the Oakdale Cemetery

While visiting cemeteries is not everyone's favorite activity, many history buffs and curious learners will not want to miss strolling through the Oakdale Cemetery. It is North Carolina's oldest rural cemetery, full of 170 years of history. The cemetery is full of gardens, monuments and sculptures you can explore on a self-guided tour. 

If you're highly interested in history, visiting the Oakdale Cemetery is a must when you need free stuff to do in Wilmington, North Carolina.

4. Visit the New Hanover County Arboretum

Explore seven acres of beautiful gardens and foliage when you visit the New Hanover County Arboretum. The 33 gardens are bursting with various plant and flower species. The Arboretum also has local artworks and statues throughout the gardens and a koi pond.

Stay at Wilmington KOA Holiday

When you are ready to explore the many cheap and free things to do in Wilmington, North Carolina, Wilmington KOA Holiday is a great place to rest at night between your busy days. We offer many ways to stay, such as RV Sites, Cabins and Tent Sites.

Begin planning your trip to Wilmington when you reserve your campsite at Wilmington KOA Holiday today!

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