Wilmington Discovery Guide

Wilmington City is located in New Hanover County, in the state of North Carolina. Wilmington is perched near the Cape Fear River, making it one of the prominent port cities of the state. The US Congress named Wilmington as a Coast Guard City in 2003. It serves as the home of the USCGC Diligence ship.

Wilmington residents – all 106,746 of them – take pride in the city’s proximity to both the river and the ocean. Besides being a busy port city, Wilmington is also famous for the three beaches near the city – namely the Carolina, Wrightsville and Kure beaches.

Wilmington enjoys a humid climate, typical to cities located in Southeast US. The city’s name was taken from Spencer Compton, who was heralded as the “Earl of Wilmington” under the reign of King George II.

One of the city’s top tourist spots is its’ Riverwalk, a mile long stretch of historic buildings where you can stroll down memory lane. There, you can see the Confederate Memorial, the George Davis Monument, and the Bellamy mansion, to name a few.

Tourists can also enjoy the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, which is heralded as the oldest history in the state.

Wilmington is also home to the remains of the USS North Carolina or BB-55. Located across the city’s port area, this war memorial is open for tourists who want to experience this military vessel.


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