Top Most Visited Attractions to Add to Your Bucket List

Wilmington boasts some of North Carolina’s most popular tourist attractions based on annual attendance. Visitor favorites include the World War II Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, named one of the “Best Museum Ships”, or Airlie Gardens’ 67 acres of beautiful period gardens and lakes. See spectacular examples of antebellum architecture on a tour of the Bellamy Mansion Museum and other historic homes open to the public. A museum mecca, Wilmington is also home to arts, history and science museums, and even a railroad museum featuring model trains and a 100-year old steam locomotive.  

On our island beaches, find a nationally recognized seaside boardwalk complete with summer amusement rides.  The Fort Fisher State Historic Site, where the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War was fought, is the state’s most visited historic attraction and is just down the road from the award-winning North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.