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Wilmington, NC

Photo of Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington South Carolina
Credit: My Own

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.


The Most Famous Glazed Donut Spot in North Carolina, Britt's Donut Shop

Britts Donut Shop

11 Carolina Beach Ave N, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

The Only Item The Serve

Glazed Donut: That is the only item they sell, and when you are the best on the planet at making them, you can get away with just one food item food board.

Cash Only

A Donut: $1.00

Half Dozen: $6.00

Dozen Donuts: $11.50

They Do Offer Beverages

Hours: (Very Seasonal)

Last Day of Season 9/11/22

Daily 8:30 am - 10 pm

Order Online: No

Best Glazed Donut Anywhere, Sorry Krispy Kreme Not You

Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes from The Basics in Wilmington South Carolina

The Basics

319 N Front St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes: with Maple Syrup & Walnut Butter includes One Side $13.75

Southern Benedict: Buttermilk Biscuit, Over Easy Eggs, Coca Cola House-Smoked Ham, and Topped with Sausage Gravy.  One Side Included $13.75

The B.E.L.T: Classic BLT with Housemade Mayo and Fried Egg on the Sandwich.  One Side Included $12.75

Hours: (Focus On Breakfast Time)

Monday to Friday 8 am - 11 am

Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 3 pm

Order Online: Yes

Voted Best Brunch in Wilmington


Battleship North Carolina

You have an opportunity to board a fully restored WWII battleship and explore the nine levels of the ship. During World War II, the ship participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific and earned 15 battle stars. When visiting, try to go either on "Battleship 101" or "Battleship Alive" event day because it's a chance to learn more about the ship from expert volunteers at no added cost.


Adult - $14.00

Child(6-11) - $6.00

Senior(65+) - $10.00

On the Deck of USS North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington North Carolina

1 Battleship Rd NE, Wilmington, NC 28401


Daily 8 am - 4 pm; Ship Closes at 5 pm

Hidden Battleship 2023 - March 11, May 13, and Nov 11th

Cape Fear Museum

The museum is located in the heart of Wilmington and has a handful of exhibits on display. Most of the Cape Fear Museum exhibits deal with the local region. The two exhibits that interest me the most would be Michael Jordan, his days in North Carolina, and the replica of a giant ground sloth skeleton with additional information about the animal.


Adult - $8.00

Youth(6-17) - $5.00

Senior - $7.00

Giant Sloth at the Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington North Carolina

814 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401


Monday Closed

Tuesday to Saturday    9 am - 5 pm

Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

New Exhibit: FIRE! - From May 20, 2022, to November 26th, 2023

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of three aquariums along the coast of North Carolina. You can take a tour of many unique habitats throughout the aquarium, for example, freshwater streams, coastline, and ocean. All of them play a significant role in North Carolina's ecosystem. The latest exhibit, “Otters on the Edge," is a 3,000-square-foot playground for Asian small-clawed otters. (My favorite type of animal)


Adult - $12.95

Child(3-12) - $10.95

Senior(62+) - $11.95

Shark at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Short Drive From Wilmington North Carolina

900 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC 28449


Daily 9 am - 5 pm

Otters are in their Habitat Daily 9 am - 3:45 pm

Bellamy Mansion Museum

Tour a 10,000-square-foot, a twenty-two-room mansion built in the mid-1800s, the Bellamy Mansion is the best example of antebellum architecture in North Carolina. You can explore most of the property on your own, including the five-story mansion and two-story slave quarters.


Adult - $15.00

Students(6-17) - $7.00

Senior(62+) - $13.00

Adult Premium Tour - $20.00

Student Premium Tour $10.00

Exterior Photo of Bellamy Mansion Museum in Downtown Wilmington North Carolina

503 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401


Daily 10 am - 4 pm

Premium In-Person Tours Offered at 10 am, Noon, and 2 pm When Available


Spicy Garlic Shrimp Burger at Fork N Cork in Wilmington North Carolina

The Fork 'N' Cork

122 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401


Sunday to Thursday 11 am - 10 pm

Friday & Saturday    11 am - 11 pm

Order Online: No

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Classic Poutine (Appetizer): Crispy Fries Topped with Wisconsin White Cheese Curds and Housemade Veal-Duck Gravy  $13.00

Kreider Burger: Extra Bacon, Peanut Butter, Served on a Brioche Bun $14.00

Kyle Style Burger: Texas BBQ Brisket, Cheddar, BBQ Sauce, Pickle, Onion, and Mustard $16.00

Pimento Chz Burger: House Pimento Cheese, Bacon Jam, Lettuce, Tomato $15.00

Coming Here For The Burger

Plate of Fried Chicken and Catfish at Casey's Buffet in Wilmington North Carolina

Casey's Buffet

Credit: My Own

5559 Oleander Dr, Wilmington, NC 28403

Sample of Buffet Menu

Served Daily: BBQ Pork, Fried Chicken, Catfish, Fat Back, Mac-N-Cheese, Hushpuppies, Banana Pudding, and so much more

Wednesday: BBQ Pork Chops, Chicken Gizzards & Country Livers, Meatloaf, and Beef Ribs

Thursday: Squash Casserole, Brunswick Stew, Baked Spaghetti, and Hamburger Steak

Friday: BBQ Pork Ribs, Fried Shrimp, and Carved Roast Beef

Saturday: Hot Wings, Fried Pork Chops, Hamburger Steak, Fried Shrimp, and Carved Roast Beef

Sunday: Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, BBQ Chicken, Cornbread, and Homemade Biscuits


Monday & Tuesday Closed

Weds & Thursday    11 am - 5 pm

Friday to Sunday 11 am - 9 pm

Order Online: Yes

Been Here, The Food is Amazing and Very Friendly Staff - Highly Recommend

Best Ice Cream in Wilmington North Carolina, Boombalatti's Homemade Ice Cream

Boombalatti's Homemade Ice Cream

1127 Military Cutoff Rd #B, Wilmington, NC 28405

Flavor Samples From Menu (Seasonal)

  • Banana Pudding

  • Gingerbread

  • Cannoli

  • Chocolate Cream Pie

  • Cinnamon Caramel Oatmeal Cookie

  • Key Lime Pie

  • Christmas Tree Cakes


Daily Noon - 10 pm

Order Online: Yes

Price (April 2021): Small (Two Scoops) $4 | Medium (Three Scoops) $6 | Large (Four Scoops) $7.50

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

Hotel Ballast Wilmington

  • Sits in Downtown Wilmington Along the Cape Fear River

  • Outdoor Pool, Patio, and Fire Pit

  • On-Site Restaurant, Board & Barrel, Serving Sustainable Southern Cuisine

  • View of Battleship North Carolina

The Amazing Patio With Stellar Views of Cape Fear River at Hotel Ballast Wilmington North Carolina

301 N Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

King Bed Riverview in July 22' - $326

King Bed Historic View in Oct 22' - $338

King Bed Historic View in Dec 22' - $158

King Bed Riverview in April 23' - $330

Walking Distance, Two Amazing Restaurants, The Basics and Fork N Cork

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

  • Family Owned and Operated Since 1964

  • Provide Guests with Unique Opportunities like an American Sailing Association Certified Sailing School, Eco-paddle Tours, Harbor Cruises, Surfing, and Many Other Unique Programs

  • Only Available Oceanfront Gardens on Wrightsville Beach Island

  • EAST Oceanfront Dining, Sit on the Canopied Garden Deck and Enjoy Fresh Local Seafood

View of Room at Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)

Harborfront King in June 22' - $509

Harborfront King in Oct 22' - $345

Harborfront King in Dec 22' - $179

Harborfront King in April 23' - $305

Spend a Day at the Beach

21 and up fun

Exterior View of Hi-Wire Brewing in Wilmington, North Carolina

Hi-Wire Brewing Wilmington

1020 Princess St, Wilmington, NC 28401


Lo-Pitch Hazy IPA: IPA - American | 5.5% ABV | 45 IBU

Pink Lemonade Session Sour Ale: Sour - Fruited | 4.2% ABV | 5 IBU

Strongman Coffee: Stout - Milk | 5.3% ABV

Cold Wave: Hazy IPA | 8.0% ABV

Cherry Parfait: Sour - Smoothie | 7.8% ABV


Monday to Thursday: 3 pm - 10 pm

Friday & Saturday: Noon-Midnight

Sunday: Noon - 9 pm

Large Bar Features Twenty-One Taps of Hi-Wire Beers

Food Trucks: Yes

One of the Brews from Flying Machine Brewing Company in Wilmington, North Carolina

Flying Machine Brewing Company

3130 Randall Pkwy, Wilmington, NC 28403


Electronic Fog: Hazy IPA | 6.3% ABV

Boat Soda: Key Lime Cream Ale | 5.0% ABV 

Escape From LGR MTN: American Rice Lager | 5.2% ABV

Ink Jet: Double IPA | 8.5% ABV

Bag Lunch: Peanut Butter Jelly Ale | 6.5% ABV

Monday: Noon - 9 pm

Tues to Thurs: Noon - 10 pm

Friday: Noon - 11 pm

Saturday: 11 am - 11 pm

Sunday: 11 am - 9 pm

Taproom Features Taps Taps of Beers, Cider, and Wine. Also Second Story Patio

Food Trucks: Yes

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn

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