If I could, I would be on vacation every day of my life. Experiencing new things, making memories with my family, and seeing all the beautiful places this country has to offer. One of those beautiful places is Wilmington, North Carolina. I’ve been to Charlotte before, but not long enough to really see a lot. I hope to get back to that state one day. Knowing that it offers a combination of fun in the sun and other kid-friendly things to see and do, makes me even more eager to get back.
Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Wilmington, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina is a 30-minute drive from three North Carolina beaches, including Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville Beach so you can hit the sand and take in some family fun at the same time.
- Children’s Museum of Wilmington: Celebrate the joys of childhood through magical and playful experiences for children of all ages. The museum explores everything from art and science to cooking and conservation, all with the local community in mind.
- Wilmington Railroad Museum: Explore the impact of the rail industry with an emphasis on the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. Discover a Thomas the Tank Train play area. See over 20 model trains in action. Or explore a life-size caboose, boxcar, and 100-year-old steam locomotive.
- Jungle Rapids: This family fun park includes Water Park fun for the whole family, Jungle Lagoon golf, laser tag, Grand Prix Go-Karts, ³The Rock² Climbing wall, arcade games and more
- Defy Gravity: Reach new heights at this 23,000 square foot facility with wall-to-wall steel-frame trampolines including the world-famous Angled Wall Trampolines, an expansive Olympic Foam Pit and one of the largest Trampoline Dodgeball cages in America.
- Crossfire Indoor Paintball Park: Weather will never be an issue at this indoor course. Age divided groups ensure children of all ages are safe and comfortable when they play. Parents that want to spectate instead of take part can do so through a large glass viewing window.
- Cape Fear Serpentarium: North Carolina¹s largest reptile zoo and museum features live exhibits of the world¹s rarest and most dangerous snakes, crocodiles, lizards, dragons and more. In all, there up to 150 animals on display at any given time.
- Wilmington Ice House: What better way to cool off than with a trip to a 30,000 square foot ice-skating rink? The Wilmington Ice House features a NHL regulation size ice surface, along with the latest equipment.
- Museum of the Bizarre: The Crystal Skull of Knowledge, Houdini’s Ouija Board, numerous movie props and a Van de Graaff Machine are just some of the curiosities on display at this science museum. Enter if you dare!
- Moores Creek National Battlefield: Moores Creek was the site of the first Patriot victory in the American Revolution, a victory that ended British rule in the colony forever. Walk the history, nature and Tar Heel trail, or enjoy other activities like fishing, bird watching and picnicking.
- Battleship NORTH CAROLINA: No trip to Wilmington would be complete without a visit to what was considered to be the world¹s greatest sea weapon when she was commissioned in 1941. During World War II, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific area of operations and earned 15 battle stars. By war¹s end, the ship lost only ten men in action and had 67 wounded.
Learn more at WilmingtonandBeaches.com
Have you visited Wilmington, North Carolina?