Cooler days and evenings have settled upon our coastal city, and we’re more inclined toward indoor activities – at least for a little while. What’s there to do?
We at Wilmington Today know the fun doesn’t stop when the summer sun takes a nap and nights are longer and..well..colder. We love to get outdoors in the natural beauty of our parks and beaches even when it’s cooler. But we also enjoy the indoor activities Wilmington has to offer. Here are just a few to get you started.
Go See a Show on a Cold Wilmington Night (Or Day)
When it’s cold outside, try some comedy at Dead Crow Comedy Room. Take a pottery, pilates, or dance class, or see a live show at Hannah Block Historic USO. Or catch a play, musical performance or a Cinematique flick at Thalian Hall.
Wilmington Attractions Are Warm When It’s Cold
Be a tourist in your hometown while the summer crowds are gone! Learn about North Carolina fish and other aquatic animals at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Enjoy regional and national art or take a class at ArtExposure! in Hampstead.
Most of the sights at Battleship North Carolina are inside the ship, a great place for kids to stretch their legs and learn about history. In downtown Wilmington, get a little thrill at the Cape Fear Serpentarium, then explore the Museum of the Bizarre next door.
Dining Out is Fun in Off Season
Warm up with wine or coffee and a pleasant meal at one of Wilmington’s favorite dining establishments. It’s hard to choose, but don’t miss Aubriana’s, Jerry’s Restaurant, Manna, Port Land Grille, or Pinpoint Restaurant for fine dining.
If you’re downtown, sample local cuisine at Elijah’s, The Pilot House, Platypus and Gnome, Ruth’s Chris, Rx Restaurant, or Tarantelli’s. Enjoy a great burger at Fork ‘n Cork or grab a delicious slice of pizza at Slice of Life.
In Wrightsville Beach, try Bluewater Waterfront Grill, Ceviche’s Restaurant, or Pembroke’s. Eat a mess of crabs at The Crab Shack in Scotts Hill. On Topsail Island, enjoy prime rib at Mainsail Restaurant on Friday and Saturday nights or eat delicious crab cakes at Daddy Mac’s, located right on the ocean in Surf City. Beach Shop & Grill in Topsail Beach is open for delicious, casual breakfast and lunch, then adds a great selection of wine and delicious food in the evening.
Explore Wilmington Shops When It’s Cold Outdoors
Come inside and warm up while you shop (or just window-shop) at some of Wilmington’s interesting stores. Downtown, wander through a variety of shops including Beloved Boutique at the historic Cotton Exchange. Blue Moon Gift Shops is a collection of booths with wonderful, local handmade items.
You’ll find something unique at Ivy Cottage or New River Pottery or at the upscale shops at Lumina Station. And you can always spend a winter day curled up with a good book from Two Sisters Bookery at The Cotton Exchange.
These are just a few ideas for something to do in Wilmington when it’s cold. Get going, and use this list as a starting place for your own Wilmington, NC winter adventure.
Wherever you go, remember to tell ’em that Wilmington Today sent ya!