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Wilmington Downtown Riverwalk

Wilmington, NC, United States
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The Wilmington Downtown Riverwalk is one of my favorite places to spend an afternoon or even a weekend. There’s so much to see and do in such a short space of less than two miles. It’s artsy, it’s fun and there are lots of unique shops and waterfront restaurants to enjoy.

One year, we went there for my birthday and spent a couple of days just eating, drinking and hanging out. We took an evening river cruise which was fun, but mostly we strolled the 1.75-mile boardwalk that runs beside the river. Lovers of the 1990s TV series Dawson’s Creek may recognize some of the scenery as the show was filmed here.
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Bars and nightlife

Front Street Brewery
Front Street Brewery is a craft bear place that is hard to get into in the summer.


Best Western Plus Coastline Inn
We stayed at the Best Western with a room overlooking the river. Fabulous!

Points of interest

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge
Cape Fear Memorial Bridge
The Cape Fear Memorial Bridge can be seen from the Riverwalk (see my story
Wilmington Downtown Riverwalk
Wilmington Downtown Riverwalk
Scenes for the TV show Dawson’s Creek were shot along the Wilmington waterfront.


Le Catalan
Le Catalan is a French restaurant that serves delicious meals and has a great wine list.
Elijah’s is one of our favorites. It has riverfront seating and serves fresh local seafood.


The Cotton Exchange
The Cotton Exchange is an old warehouse that was converted into dozens of gift and clothing shops. It’s a Wilmington must-do.

Special activities

Battleship North Carolina
Battleship North Carolina
Across the river is the Battleship Park and the USS North Carolina.
Wilmington Water Tours
Wilmington Water Tours
We took an evening cruise on the river with Wilmington Water Tours.

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