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Explore the waterfront in Wilmington, NC

Located along the picturesque eastern coast of North Carolina, Wilmington is a refreshing mixture of early American colonial heritage and Atlantic Ocean landscapes. With the Cape Fear River winding around the western edge of the city and the coastal island beaches of Carolina, Wrightsville and Kure on its eastern edge, Wilmington is a beautiful place for visitors to explore by foot, boat or bike. Families will love hiking through the state parks near the waterfront, while couples looking for a romantic getaway can embark on a riverboat cruise or stroll down the two-mile long boardwalk.

Climate information

Because of its setting in the coastal, southeastern part of the United States, Wilmington features a subtropical climate, which gives it hot, humid summers and mild winters. Average high temperatures in mid-summer are 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and Wilmington hotels often mark down room prices to lure in visitors. Brief afternoon thunderstorms may crop up at this time of year, while autumn sees the potential for tropical storms and even hurricanes. July, August and September are the rainiest months here. Late spring is a beautiful time of year to visit with enough warmth for a trip to the beach.

Hotel price ranges

Premier

Most hotels lie along Wilmington's northern corridor, providing easy access to main roads and short drives to the beaches. Premier hotels, such as Hilton Wilmington Riverside, Courtyard Wilmington, Residence Inn and Hilton Garden Inn, provide spacious rooms and suites in the mid-$100 range.

There are also numerous options in the historic downtown neighborhood, including Blue Heaven and Graystone Inn, with prices similar to those for premier hotels.

Budget

Families often book budget-friendly accommodations like the Days Inn, Country Inn and Suites, and Baymont Inn and Suites, which are all around $100 or less per night.

Things to see and do

Museums and mansions

With so much history, Wilmington offers varied museums for those who want to learn more about the coast. Cape Fear Museum houses hands-on exhibits for children, some of the oldest photographs displaying the area, regional animal exhibits and World War II memorabilia. The Wilmington Railroad Museum, featuring some of the largest model railroads as well as vintage locomotives and railway cars, is perfect for the entire family, and celebrates the railways bringing life to Wilmington in the 1800s. The Bellamy Mansion offers a glimpse at how the well-to-do in historic Wilmington once lived.

Along the waterfront

One of the top draws for visitors to Wilmington waterfront is the self-guided tour of the USS North Carolina Battleship, a World War II relic. For those more interested in the present, a stroll along two miles of riverside boardwalk brings relaxing sea breezes.

Wilmington beaches welcome vacationing families and college students on spring break every year. The three main ocean-side beaches—Carolina, Wrightsville and Kure Beach—are located on coastal islands.

Take a break from tanning to explore the Wilmington Water Tours or Cape Fear Riverboats, which show visitors the beauty of the river and coastline as well as the docks and historical waterfront buildings.

Nature

Carolina Beach State Park offers hundreds of acres of beachside beauty for hiking and bird watching. Those who prefer delicate flowers to the rugged beauty of the ocean can check out Airlie Gardens, a century-old collection of formal landscapes, walking paths and sculpture gardens.

Travel-to information

The easiest way to travel to Wilmington is via the Wilmington International Airport (ILM), served daily by Delta, US Airways and American Airlines, which connect through Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and other major U.S. cities. The airport is a very short drive to most local hotels, as well as a 10-minute drive to historic downtown. Another way to access Wilmington is by bus; Greyhound offers daily services through its station on Harnett Street.

Featured Wilmington Hotels

From $66

1 BEST WESTERN PLUS University Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 81 reviews

5345 Market Street Map

Save 10% on your stay

Our University of North Carolina Wilmington hotel offers Southern hospitality, spacious rooms and a great value for guests who want to be near the beaches. With close proximity to Wrightsville... More

Good Value
Stayed there off season and had good value for the price. Location close to places to eat and right off a main road. Building was quiet and staff helpful.
Mar 24, 2015
From $88

2 Hampton Inn Wilmington-Medical Park

3 stars
4.1 / 5 19 reviews

2320 S. 17th Street Map

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

wash your cares away at our coastal Carolina city...welcome to the Hampton Inn Wilmington-Medical Park.The first European visitor to Wilmington and Cape Fear, Giovanni da Verrazano, called the area... More

Comfortable stay
We were in Wilmington for business so the location was great, centrally located. Room was clean and nicely decorated but the comforters on the bed were strangely lumpy and there were no blankets...
Sep 8, 2014
From $76

3 Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

3 stars
4.1 / 5 67 reviews

160 Van Campen Blvd. Map

Wilmington hotel close to UNC offers free hot breakfast, Wi-FiCouples, families and business travelers all stay at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites Wilmington-University Ctr. for its many... More

good hotel
Nice stay. Good breakfast and quiet rooms. Comfy bed.
Feb 19, 2015
From $95

4 MainStay Suites Wilmington

3 stars
3.8 / 5 33 reviews

5229 Market Street Hwy 132 & US 17 Map

All-suite Wilmington hotel near shopping with free breakfast, InternetMainStay Suites Wilmington is located on bustling Route 17, steps away from a variety of shops and restaurants. Guests come to... More

Amazing trip for couples!
My significant other and I had an amazing stay at this Hotel. Great amenities and everything. Plan on staying again at this hotel.
Feb 4, 2015
From $49

5 Americas Best Inn Wilmington

2 stars
2.3 / 5 12 reviews

2929 Market St Map

Americas Best Inn Wilmington offers the most value for your money when staying for business- pleasure- or just passing through. We offer clean spacious rooms- a 24 hour front desk and lobby- free... More

From $80

6 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Wilmington Airport at Market Street (Convention Center), NC

3 stars
3.8 / 5 52 reviews

4706 New Centre Drive Map

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Wilmington hotel near shops, dining with free breakfast, Wi-Fi, poolCountry Inn and Suites By Carlson, Wilmington Airport at Market Street (Convention Center) is located just steps from the shops... More

Great place for UNCW parents to stay
Stayed here with my sister and elderly mother when my son graduated from UNCW. Super clean, well-maintained, lovely decor. Only downsides are smoking area near the front doors and a location off of...
Feb 25, 2015
From $37

7 Howard Johnson Express Inn - Wilmington

2 stars
2.8 / 5 90 reviews

3901 Market St Map

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Inexpensive Wilmington hotel near airport with free breakfast, Wi-FiHoward Johnson Express Inn – Wilmington is located on busy Market Street in Wilmington, N.C. The hotel features free continental... More

one cold night
I got this room in February so it was cold. The heater wad comfortable. I was dissapointed with the WiFi. Weak signal. Took forever. This was not worth the 50 dollars I spent but was cheapest in...
Feb 17, 2015
From $62

8 Baymont Inn & Suites Wilmington

2 stars
3.4 / 5 126 reviews

306 South College Road Map

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Wilmington hotel near shopping, dining with free breakfast, Wi-FiThe pet-friendly Baymont Inn And Suites Wilmington is located on Route 117 adjacent to a variety of shops and restaurants. Guests... More

Booked room for family visiting
My mother and brother-in-laws came to visit for a few days so I booked them a room close to the highway for convenience sake. Their room was visibly dirty and very dusty behind the furniture and...
Feb 4, 2015
From $54

9 Americas Best Value Inn Wilmington

2 stars
2.9 / 5 53 reviews

2828 Map

Americas Best Value Inn Wilmington offers the most value for your money when staying for business- pleasure- or just passing through. We offer clean spacious rooms- a 24-hour front desk- free... More

Nice Location
It is an easy place to stay if you are just using it for sleep. Very close to both beach and downtown Wilmington.
Mar 1, 2015
From $109

10 Hilton Wilmington Riverside

3 stars
3.6 / 5 32 reviews

301 North Water Street Map

Wilmington hotel on Riverwalk with free airport shuttle, free Wi-FiBusiness travelers, couples and families alike stay at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside. Located on popular Wilmington Riverwalk,... More

party
The hotel was nice and the food was good.The view was good for a rainy day.
Jan 20, 2015
From $88

11 Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington

3 stars
4.1 / 5 56 reviews

5126 Market Street Bus 17 Map

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Wilmington hotel close to shopping, airport with free breakfast, Wi-FiWingate by Wyndham Wilmington is located on Route 17 in Wilmington, N.C., with easy access to Wilmington International Airport,... More

Great little getaway
My girlfriend and I wanted to visit Wilmington for Valentine's weekend. We stayed here and were pleasantly surprised. The room was comfortable and clean. The neighborhood was great. We were right...
Feb 17, 2015
From $129

12 BEST WESTERN PLUS Coastline Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 29 reviews

503 Nutt Street Map

Welcome to BEST WESTERN PLUS Coastline Inn! Our riverfront hotel in downtown Wilmington, NC is known for its stunning views of Cape Fear River and friendly service, with Southern hospitality... More

birthday celebration/night out
Hotel was great, location is just above all the bars, shops, etc. Bathroom looked like it was recently renovated, and it looked awesome! Great view of the water and the battleship. Would return for...
Jan 20, 2015
From $47

13 Days Inn Wilmington - Market Street

2 stars
3.3 / 5 125 reviews

5040 Market Street Map

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Affordable Wilmington hotel close to beach, airport with free Wi-FiFive-Sunburst, Chairman Award-winning Days Inn Wilmington – Market Street is located just off Route 76 in Wilmington, N.C.... More

Work layover
Bed was awesome location was surrounded by everything.
Jan 5, 2015
From $114

14 Courtyard Wilmington Downtown/Historic District

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

229 North 2nd Street Map

Rate Includes Breakfast

Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington Downtown-Historic District is a brand new, custom-built Marriott hotel situated at the corner of Grace and Second streets in the heart of Historic Wilmington. But... More

party
The room was nice and clean.It had a nice bed and linens. The breakfast was good but the knife was not clean.It still had something stuck to it on one side.
Mar 21, 2015
From $92

15 Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington/Mayfaire, NC

3 stars
4.3 / 5 13 reviews

6732 Swan Mill Road Map

Free hot breakfast and high speed internet access

Visit Wilmington-Mayfaire, where home feels nearSelect Homewood Suites by Hilton® Wilmington-Mayfaire for a Wilmington, North Carolina hotel that offers easy access to Wrightsville Beach. Situated... More

Great location
The hotel is in a great location. Close to the beach, shopping and great eating choices and I don't mean fast food.
Jan 5, 2015
From $84

16 Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington

3 stars
4.0 / 5 31 reviews

151 Van Campen Boulevard Map

Rate includes breakfast

Wilmington hotel near UNC-Wilmington and dining, with free Wi-Fi, poolThe Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington is located two miles away from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and minutes... More

Great place
My mom and grandma came up for a short visit and are very demanding hotel goers. They were pleasantly surprised by the accommodations and enjoyed their stay. The updates to the hotel are very nice...
Feb 24, 2015
From $79

17 TownePlace Suites by Marriott

3 stars
3.9 / 5 47 reviews

305 Eastwood Rd Map

Wilmington hotel near beach, shopping, with free breakfast, Wi-FiTownePlace Suites by Marriott is favored by business travelers and guests looking for an exceptional value. Suites offer cushy queen... More

Good for several day stay
Room very well organized with kitchen and storage. Very difficult to find the hotel. It is set back a long way from the road, and coming from Wilmington you don' t see the sign. All we could see...
Oct 11, 2014
From $66

18 Suburban Extended Stay of Wilmington

2 stars
3.7 / 5 57 reviews

245 Eastwood Road Map

Extended-stay Wilmington motel offers free Internet, outdoor poolThe Suburban Extended Stay of Wilmington is conveniently located on Route 74/Eastwood Road in Wilmington, N.C., near several shops... More

Holiday love
We always stay at this hotel when in Wilmington, NC. Great location, quite, and the staff is absolutely amazing and nice. Rates are very reasonable and you get more than you pay for.
Nov 30, 2014
From $94

19 Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire Town Center

3 stars
3.9 / 5 29 reviews

6745 Rock Spring Road Map

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

Wilmington hotel near Mayfaire Town Center with free Internet, poolHilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire Town Center is within walking distance to the shops, restaurants of Mayfaire Town Center,... More

Great Renewing time
From a friendly staff who treated me for breakfast since it was my birthday....to a very nice and comfortable room.....to a great location, walking distance to many stores and places to...
Oct 27, 2014
From $98

20 Staybridge Suites WILMINGTON EAST

3 stars
4.5 / 5 10 reviews

5010 New Centre Drive Map

At Staybridge Suites Wilmington, we put the amenities where they really count – in your room. Our guests can cook meals in their fully equipped kitchen, relax in the relaxing living room while... More

home away from home
Loved the small apartment with little kitchenette. I love the fact that the bedroom is separated with his own 2 double doors With bathroom connecting to just the bedroom.
Mar 2, 2015