Find things to do in Wilmington, like exploring the Riverwalk and UNCW

Set between the Atlantic and the Cape Fear River’s picturesque delta, Wilmington offers plenty of interesting things to do within easy reach of our comfortable rooms at the Country Inn & Suites. Beach fun awaits at destinations like Wrightsville Beach, about 10 minutes away, or you can take the kids to splash around at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park. For educational fun, meet the animals at Tregembo Animal Park or board the USS North Carolina to learn about life as a sailor during World War II. If you’re here for a couple’s getaway or a business trip, the city’s award-winning Riverwalk and historic district feature great shopping and dining along with stunning views, and you can return in the evening to enjoy the vibrant nightlife and music scene. Overwhelmed by the options? Ask our friendly concierge for personalized recommendations.

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Airlie Gardens

3.88 mi / 6.25 km from the hotel
Granted to the Ogden brothers by King George II in 1736, these historical gardens are now open to the public. Visit the ever-changing seasonal garden, stop by the mystery grave in the cemetery, and walk through the family-favorite butterfly house.

Battleship North Carolina

4.13 mi / 6.65 km from the hotel
The USS North Carolina is a historic battleship that played a significant role in the Pacific Theater during WWII and now serves as a museum. Walk the deck, tour the sailors’ quarters, and learn about the bravery of the “Greatest Generation.”

Cameron Art Museum

4.8 mi / 7.73 km from the hotel
Boasting high-quality indoor exhibitions and whimsical outdoor sculptures, this attraction is a must-see for art enthusiasts. Stop by the on-site CAM Café for lunch, brunch, or dinner prepared with locally sourced ingredients.

Cape Fear Museum

3.29 mi / 5.29 km from the hotel
Named after the headland on nearby Bald Head Island, Cape Fear is the state’s oldest history museum. Engage with hands-on exhibits that explore the area’s past, and stroll through the on-site park to learn about the region’s land and water resources.

Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park

3.05 mi / 4.9 km from the hotel
Family fun doesn’t stop at Jungle Rapids, which offers everything from a go-kart track to a rock-climbing wall. Be sure to pack your swimsuit if you want to splash around in the water park.

Tregembo Animal Park

8.39 mi / 13.5 km from the hotel
The Tregembo family opened an animal park in 1952 that has since grown to house more than 100 species, ranging from lions and tigers to tree frogs and boa constrictors. Before you leave, snag a souvenir in the 4,000-square-foot gift shop.

University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)

1.51 mi / 2.42 km from the hotel
This 14,000-student university is known not only for its outstanding marine science program but also for its NCAA Division I athletics. Tour the campus and cheer on the Seahawks at Boseman Field, Brooks Field, or Hanover Hall.

Wilmington Ice House

3.9 mi / 6.28 km from the hotel
Gather everyone in your travel group for an afternoon of ice skating or a pickup game of hockey at this NHL-size ice-skating arena.

Wilmington Riverwalk

3.93 mi / 6.32 km from the hotel
Enjoy a romantic evening stroll along the shore or family fun in the sun at the Wilmington Riverwalk. This two-mile stretch of boardwalk includes boutiques, restaurants, the historic Cotton Exchange retail center, and the USS North Carolina.

Wrightsville Beach

5.78 mi / 9.3 km from the hotel
Spend a tranquil day sunbathing on the beautiful shoreline of this popular beach, or enjoy activities like surfing, diving, or paddleboarding.

Wilmington Historic District

3.72 mi / 5.99 km from the hotel
Comprising more than 230 blocks, this beautifully preserved district showcases structures from the colonial era to the Victorian. Of special note is the stunning Bellamy Mansion, which includes one of the country’s best-preserved urban slave quarters.

Thalian Hall

3.69 mi / 5.94 km from the hotel
From stage dramas to pop concerts and classical ballet, there’s something for everyone at this historic theater, first opened in 1858. During intermission, you can admire the hall’s stunning architecture.