Wilmington: Southern Hospitality At Its Best
The Wilmington area, one of the fastest growing deep water ports on the East Coast, combines its economic potential with an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities to offer a relaxed, gracious way of life.
Wilmington has a historic legacy that begins before the Revolutionary War and runs through its stance as the last Atlantic port open to blockade runners during the Civil War. Today, the continuous restoration and preservation in the Historic District is a tribute to the city's proud heritage.
Historic Wilmington affords visitors the unique opportunity to enjoy a bustling seaport rich in shopping, dining, culture and the arts, while being only minutes away from barrier islands, broad beaches and the intra-coastal waterway.
The 200-block Historic District highlighting the downtown area opens into a scenic riverfront park that overlooks the
USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial.
A beautifully restored battleship, the USS North Carolina was considered the greatest sea weapon in the world when commissioned in 1941. During World War II, "The Showboat" earned 15 battlestars and participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific from Guadalcanal to Okinawa. A memorial since 1961, the battleship is dedicated to the men and women of all U.S. military services who defended our country during WWII.
Visitors may view a 10-minute orientation film and then take a two-hour, self-guided tour which includes the crew's quarters, galley, sick bay, engine room, pilot house, guns, Kingfisher float plane and museum.
One of Wilmington's most unique features is the city's status as the leading entertainment production center in the Southeast. Wilmington has steadily developed into a major film-making community since the first picture, Stephen King's "Firestarter," was shot by Universal Pictures in 1983.
year later, Dino DeLaurentis constructed a studio facility in the Port City
and the facility, now owned by Corolco Pictures, has grown to eight sound stages.
It's now a full service studio lot for filming motion pictures, television series,
made-for-television movies, corporate training films and commercials.
Beach, just minutes away from Wilmington's downtown area, is a year-round
island resort. Wide, uncrowded beaches, full service marinas and a variety of
accommodations are complemented by excellent seafood restaurants, specialty
shops and exciting nightlife.