Riverfront, Wilmington, NC, USA

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Riverfront, Wilmington, NC, USA

Find the best place to stay — Riverfront

Where every vacation rental is a winner

If Wilmington were a casino game, it'd be like a roulette wheel where every pocket is the same color and number. With a Riverfront, Wilmington vacation rental, you just can't lose. A stately old port city, it boasts a historic downtown, a vibrant riverwalk nearly 2 miles long, and easy access to nearby beach resorts. You've got history museums and art galleries for the grown-ups, plus amusements, water parks, and an aquarium for the kids (and maybe some of the grown-ups too). The weather's great all year round, and the drinking, dining, and shopping are in a league of their own.

Riverwalking on the Riverfront riverfront

When it comes to a Riverfront, Wilmington vacation rental, the riverwalk is where it's at. Skirting the picturesque, historic downtown, it's nearly 2 miles of shops, restaurants, and galleries, with plenty of flash boats to ogle as you pass. For saltier waters, you'll want to take an excursion to one of the nearby beach communities. There are several of them within a half hour of Wilmington, offering surfing, paddling, and fishing. Try Carolina Beach, which comes complete with a boardwalk, amusements, concerts, and fireworks. In fact, the whole Wilmington area is practically overrun with events and festivals throughout the year!

What do b-ball and battleships have in common?

Wilmington is a distinguished old gal, and she's got the museums to prove it. One of the most obvious ones is the USS North Carolina, a World War II battleship moored on the river. The Cape Fear Museum of History and Science, on the other hand, focuses mainly on natural history and, um, Michael Jordan. If that's enough intellectual fodder for you, wash it down with a visit to the water park at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, then run with the water theme by moving on to North Carolina Aquarium. Because you haven't lived till you've seen an albino alligator.

Bad news for huskies, good news for everyone else

Wilmington isn't the kind of place where you'll be chipping ice out of your eyebrows every time you leave the house. Over here you're looking at mild winters, with snow a real rarity. Expect plenty of vacationers looking to escape the plummeting temperatures further north. Who knows, you might even be among them. The long, warm springs, meanwhile, are one of the best times of year, leading into hot, humid summers. Thunderstorms can be a regular occurrence, and North Carolina likes to save up the best ones for later in the summer.

I do like to be (almost) beside the seaside

Watery Wilmington's set on the Cape Fear river, near where it flows out into the Atlantic. It's most famous as a river city, but actually a Riverfront, Wilmington vacation rental puts you right near the coast too. Many of the nearby beach resorts are actually islands, and one of the best known of these is called Pleasure Island, which gives you a clue as to the vibe round here. Marine life is plentiful, which is especially good news if you're looking to haul it out of the water on the end of a line and eat it.