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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
67 reviews
3 stars $55
Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington
4.1 / 5
52 reviews
3 stars $89
Hampton Inn Wilmington-Medical Park
4.1 / 5
19 reviews
3 stars $88
Comfort Inn University
2.5 / 5
24 reviews
2 stars $63
Jameson Inn Wilmington
3.8 / 5
58 reviews
2 stars $74
Red Roof Inn Wilmington NC
2.3 / 5
46 reviews
2 stars $59
Quality Inn Wilmington
3.4 / 5
68 reviews
2 stars $64
Baymont Inn & Suites Wilmington
3.4 / 5
122 reviews
2 stars $63
Americas Best Value Inn Wilmington
2.9 / 5
51 reviews
2 stars $45
Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR
4.1 / 5
60 reviews
3 stars $85

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Featured Wilmington Hotels

From $55

1 BEST WESTERN PLUS University Inn

3 stars
4.0 / 5 67 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

Room had all that I needed. For my purposes, location was perfect. Room was clean, front desk and housekeeping staff were very cordial. I'm very picky about pillows. They were perfect. Would...
Sep 9, 2014
From $93

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 $81

3 Holiday Inn Express & Suites WILMINGTON-UNIVERSITY CTR

3 stars
4.1 / 5 60 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

nice place
Close to restaurants Walmart and UNCW and best if all affordable and nice.
Aug 31, 2014
From $89

4 Wingate by Wyndham Wilmington

3 stars
4.1 / 5 52 reviews

5126 Market Street Bus 17 Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

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

The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful. The accommodations were top rate and the breakfast was hot and delicious.
Sep 11, 2014
From $92

5 Hampton Inn & Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach

3 stars
4.1 / 5 56 reviews

1989 Eastwood Road Map

Free On The HouseT hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

Wilmington minutes to beach with free breakfast, free Internet, poolTravelers flock to the Hampton Inn and Suites Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach for its extras and close proximity to Wrightsville... More

Great location, old rooms, loud air conditioning. Good not great.
Aug 22, 2014

6 Americas Best Inn and Suites-Wilmington

3 stars
2.3 / 5 12 reviews

2929 Market Street Map

This property is conveniently located between Historical Downtown, Airport, shopping centers, restaurants and University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Beach is 7 miles. All rooms ground floor,... 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 $74

7 Jameson Inn Wilmington

2 stars
3.8 / 5 58 reviews

5102 Dunlea Court Map

Wilmington hotel central to shopping, dining with free breakfast, Wi-FiJameson Inn Wilmington is centrally located off Route 17 in Wilmington, N.C., with easy access to several shops and... More

Convenient to have frig and microwave in room - small rooms - small bathroom - breakfast was ok - staff friendly - would say it just ok
Aug 11, 2014
From $63

8 Baymont Inn & Suites Wilmington

2 stars
3.4 / 5 122 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

Baymount Wilmington NC
Staff was helpful. Room was dirty and the bed sheets never got changed nor did the beds every get made.
Sep 2, 2014
From $95

9 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 $116

10 Hilton Garden Inn Wilmington Mayfaire Town Center

3 stars
3.9 / 5 27 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 location and great amenities
Hotel was great! Staff was great! My only complain is. The children running in the hallway at night.
Jul 19, 2014
From $92

11 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 $45

12 Americas Best Value Inn Wilmington

2 stars
2.9 / 5 51 reviews

2828 Map

Fall Sale - Save 15% on your stay

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 $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 $125

14 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 $129

15 BEST WESTERN PLUS Coastline Inn

3 stars
4.2 / 5 27 reviews

503 Nutt Street Map

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

Lovely spot
We had a lovely view of Cape Fear River and the staff were personable and helpful. I would recommend the hotel to anyone. Very quiet and peaceful.
Jun 25, 2014
From $82

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

3 stars
3.8 / 5 48 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

coulda been better
first thing we see is a sign that says hot tub not working. My wife was looking forward to it all week. disappointment. Open room door and the overpowering aroma of their cleaning equipment. Room...
Aug 18, 2014
From $94

17 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 $89

18 TownePlace Suites by Marriott

3 stars
3.9 / 5 46 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

The overall experience was above excellence. Will continue to shop with you guys.
Jul 18, 2014
From $98

19 Staybridge Suites WILMINGTON EAST

3 stars
4.4 / 5 8 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

Comfortable rooms, very friendly and helpful staff. Enjoyed having the outdoor cooking area. We grilled ribs and burgers. Nice to have access to the free laundry facilities. The evening social time...
Aug 28, 2014
From $44

20 Econo Lodge Inn & Suites

2 stars
1.7 / 5 7 reviews

5025 Market Street Map

Economical Wilmington hotel near shopping with free breakfast, Wi-FiThe affordable Econo Lodge Inn and Suites Wilmington on Market Street in Wilmington, N.C., is only located minutes from the... More

Had to switch rooms due to hair and trash upon arrival, even in ice tray. Staff was nice but everything else was horrible. If there were openings near by I would have left.
Jul 7, 2014