Best of Wilmington -- Attractions & Destinations 2022
Eclipse Artisan Boutique
A winner in this category each year since 2014, Eclipse is definitely your favorite art gallery. Because it has such loyal customers and a never-ending array of artisans and goods, this trend likely will continue indefinitely. Launched in November 2013, it has continually captured the element of surprise with made-to-order pieces from their many talented artists. Collections include original paintings, custom furniture, sculpture, pottery, glass, jewelry, photography, and textiles.
Ten Pin Alley
Bowling is an easy sport to learn and a challenging sport to master. For the little ones, bumpers are added so they enjoy a fun game. For the enthusiast, they are the only center in Wilmington to offer synthetic lanes. Ten Pin is the perfect destination for your next corporate event, private birthday party, or a casual get-together with friends. Check out the 24 synthetic bowling lanes, two full-service bars, game rooms, and the area’s largest pool hall.
At Blockade Runner, the culture centers around hospitality — it’s just part of the vibe. You’re their guest, but you’re also part of their community. They’ve fostered that concept since the beginning, and that’s why generations of families have enjoyed coming back since 1964. Time spent here with family and friends is cherished and remembered, particularly with unique opportunities like an American Sailing Association certified sailing school, eco-paddle tours, harbor cruises, surfing, and many other special programs to create new and lasting memories.
At Lumina Station, the shopping village by the beach, you will discover a charming collection of locally owned boutiques, distinctive restaurants, and lifestyle services that can’t be found anywhere else in the Wilmington area. The beautiful landscaping, whimsical sculptures, storybook bridges, and other welcoming features make for a truly special shopping experience. Whether you come to shop, dine, or relax, you will enjoy a one-of-a-kind atmosphere where good times are a tradition.
Seapath Marina and Yacht Club
Adjacent to both the Intracoastal Waterway and the Masonboro Inlet from the Atlantic Ocean, Seapath provides great protection and is located in a no-wake zone in Wrightsville Beach. All slips are equipped with power, water, and wireless internet. It is a premier transient stop and provides first-class floating docks, including 190 slips and 600 feet of face dock. The friendly staff members are eager to assist in any way possible.
Battleship USS North Carolina
Preserved as a museum ship in its namesake state, the USS North Carolina is an authentically restored World War II battleship and a National Historic Landmark. It is also a memorial honoring the 11,000 North Carolinians of all branches of service who gave their lives in World War II. Visitors are encouraged to explore nine levels of the ship. Because it receives no funding from any governmental source, the Friends of the Battleship was formed as a non-profit to support the ship and restoration efforts.
Riverlights is the perfect place for the young and the young-at-heart. Your day can just as easily be spent stretched out on a picnic blanket under the live oaks, dancing at a concert in Marina Village, chatting with neighbors around a crackling fire, or walking your dog around the lake. The hub of the community is Marina Village where you can browse through unique shops, enjoy a riverfront snack, or listen to a concert in the park.
Shell Island Resort
If you've always dreamed of being barefoot in the sand when you say "I do," look no further than Shell Island Resort for all of your wedding and reception needs. Wedding parties adore the beachside ceremony access, oceanview ballroom with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Atlantic, and soundview ballroom with pocket windows looking out at the Intracoastal Waterway. The premier resort hotel at Wrightsville Beach with all oceanfront suites is a wonderful place to celebrate while enjoying the sound of the waves.