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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


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.


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.


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.

Recently Rated Wilmington Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
4.0 / 5
74 reviews
3 stars $62
Baymont Inn & Suites Wilmington
3.4 / 5
123 reviews
2 stars $55
Travelodge Wilmington
2.1 / 5
28 reviews
2 stars $46
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Wilmington Airport at Market Street (Convention Center), NC
3.8 / 5
49 reviews
3 stars $71
Ramada Wilmington
2.4 / 5
55 reviews
2 stars $55
Extended Stay America - Wilmington - New Centre Drive
2.8 / 5
30 reviews
2 stars $64
Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington
4.0 / 5
55 reviews
3 stars $75
Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire Town Center
3.9 / 5
29 reviews
3 stars $94
Jameson Inns Wilmington
3.8 / 5
61 reviews
2 stars $64
Quality Inn Wilmington
3.4 / 5
71 reviews
2 stars $64

Wilmington hotels

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Featured Wilmington Hotels

From $62

1 BEST WESTERN PLUS University Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 74 reviews

5345 Market Street Map

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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

Locate Religion Conference
It was a great stay. Nice staff and very helpful. Great location. Clean room. Breakfast was great.
Nov 24, 2014
From $75

2 Hampton Inn Wilmington-Medical Park

3 stars
4.1 / 5 19 reviews

2320 S. 17th Street Map

Free On The HouseT 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 $49

3 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

A place to stay.....
I should have taken pictures. We should of went some where else be our stay was prepaid by an online travel service . Its very hard to get a refund when you get a package deal. We had 2 non smoking...
Jun 10, 2013
From $43

4 Americas Best Value Inn Wilmington

2 stars
2.9 / 5 51 reviews

2828 Map

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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

Recently renovated
Clean, renovated hotel. Very convenient location. Good value
Sep 1, 2014
From $75

5 Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington

3 stars
4.0 / 5 55 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

Hotel was very clean. Staff very friendly and welcoming.
Nov 3, 2014
From $93

6 Courtyard Wilmington Downtown/Historic District

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

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

From $64

7 Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

3 stars
4.0 / 5 62 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

Decent hotel stay
This hotel was in a decent location in Wilmington to explore the area and go to the beach. The bed was fairly comfortable and the room was nice enough but we did not feel that the shower had been...
Sep 22, 2014
From $89

8 Staybridge Suites WILMINGTON EAST

3 stars
4.4 / 5 9 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

BEST hotel for value in the Wilmington area
We enjoyed a wonderful weekend at this hotel. The employees are very friendly and anxious to make the visit a pleasant one. The rooms are clean, breakfast is good, and the beds are comfortable. We...
Sep 29, 2014
From $94

9 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 a very nice and comfortable a great location, walking distance to many stores and places to...
Oct 27, 2014
From $69

10 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 $107

11 Hilton Wilmington Riverside

3 stars
3.6 / 5 31 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

Great stay!
Good location, staff were super friendly. I travel for business and will be returning to Wilmington quite often...will definitely stay here again.
Aug 10, 2014
From $109

12 BEST WESTERN PLUS Coastline Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 28 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

Perfect location. Staff was great. Will come back again.
Oct 11, 2014
From $79

13 MainStay Suites Wilmington

3 stars
3.8 / 5 32 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

Nice place
Had a nice stay at this hotel. I would recommend it especially for extended stays.
Aug 21, 2014
From $84

14 Courtyard by Marriott Wilmington

3 stars
4.0 / 5 29 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

Would stay again
Exactly what I wanted for my weekend trip. Would recommend to anyone looking to be semi close to Wrightsville beach.
Aug 18, 2014
From $79


3 stars
3.7 / 5 43 reviews

5032 Market Street Map

Value-packed Wilmington hotel with hot tub, free airport shuttle, Wi-FiHoliday Inn Wilmington-Market St. guests enjoy many perks, starting with a central location convenient to Market Street... More

Memorial Service
Furniture restoration/varnishing was in progress and fumes infiltrated our room and entire floor. This caused some headaches and difficulty sleeping. Complimentary drink coupon was not honored at...
Aug 25, 2014
From $71

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

3 stars
3.8 / 5 49 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

Nice Place
Good clean room, right location. Checked in late and checked out early.
Nov 19, 2014
From $84

17 Homewood Suites by Hilton Wilmington/Mayfaire, NC

3 stars
4.3 / 5 12 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

High End Comfort for Average Price
I've stayed here twice, 2 years apart, and both times the staff was amazingly friendly and polite. The rooms are elaborate for the price like a home away from home (kitchen, living room, separate...
Aug 7, 2014
From $55

18 Ramada Wilmington

2 stars
2.4 / 5 55 reviews

5001 Market St Map

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Budget-friendly Wilmington hotel with free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, poolThe Ramada Conference Center Wilmington on Market Street in Wilmington, N.C., is a short drive to popular attractions like the... More

The hotel was in a central location making it easy to get to downtown and the beach. However, the hotel smelled like cigarettes, the wifi was down, there were sketchy people outside the hotel...
Nov 17, 2014
From $55

19 Baymont Inn & Suites Wilmington

2 stars
3.4 / 5 123 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

2014 Trip
Took my granddaughter to Mark Twains home. Enjoyed the room and convienent to the interstate.
Nov 24, 2014
From $50

20 Days Inn Wilmington - Market Street

2 stars
3.3 / 5 124 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

Room decent, staff friendly, bed comfortable
This is a decent hotel at a good rate. The front desk staff were very nice. It has a really nice pet walk out back, and full restaurant (which you don't see often). We will definitely stay again.
Oct 13, 2014