Wilmington, NC, USA

Wilmington, NC, USA

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Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 2,029 vacation rentals near Wilmington. From 838 houses to 814 condos, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Wilmington for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

Wilmington—the perfect mix of excitement and relaxation

Wilmington’s historic riverfront and proximity to 4 diverse beach communities has made it one of North Carolina’s most popular and versatile vacation destinations. Overflowing with cultural and heritage attractions, malls, museums, and parks, it’s the perfect choice for family holidays, combining stimulating activities with the chance to kick back and relax. Well-equipped Wilmington vacation rentals make it easy to dive enthusiastically into everything that this friendly city has to offer, with the promise of home comforts awaiting at the end of each adventure.

History and heritage on Wilmington’s waterfront

Wilmington traces its origins back to the first European settlers, who founded a community on the banks of the Cape Fear River. This waterway forms the scenic backdrop to the city’s famous Riverwalk, which links the heritage landmarks of downtown. The Cotton Exchange has transformed a range of historic buildings into a lively complex of fashionable stores and restaurants, and the Murchison Building dating from 1914 is an iconic skyscraper that broke new ground in building design. The boardwalk also provides the focal point of the weekly farmers market and other popular local events.

Wilmington’s war hero

Wilmington vacation rentals in downtown enable you to explore the many attractions of this storied neighborhood on foot. A pleasant stroll along the boardwalk leads you to the USS North Carolina. This former World War II battleship has been a favorite fixture on the waterfront since 1961. Museum displays recount the story of America’s most decorated warship of the Pacific Fleet, the proud holder of 15 battle stars. Visitors can tour the main deck, much of the interior, and 2 of the gun turrets, along with one of the few surviving Kingfisher aircrafts that operated as shipboard observation resources during WWII.

Wilmington’s hot streak

Mild, dry winters and hot, humid summers are the result of Wilmington’s proximity to the warm Atlantic Ocean. If you’re visiting July through September, you’ll appreciate the refreshing benefits of Wilmington vacation rentals with a pool, though tropical storms can occur occasionally in late summer or early fall. January is a perfect month to enjoy a warm winter break, with temperatures regularly reaching the mid-50s. Look for Wilmington vacation rentals with their own hot tub and enjoy the health benefits of alfresco living, with the promise of spring just around the corner.

Wilmington—a safe haven for turtles

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area encompasses over 280 acres of beach, saltmarsh, and lagoon habitats on the site of the Confederacy fort that originally protected the port of Wilmington during the Revolutionary War. The remains of the fort can still be seen, along with a small museum. This undeveloped stretch of coastline now protects a thriving colony of sea turtles. Regular patrols by state park rangers ensure that turtle nests are clearly marked to prevent unwitting damage to the eggs from vehicles or pedestrians. The newly hatched turtles thus have a far better chance of survival.