Historic Downtown Wilmington Walking Tour

Wilmington Walking Tour guide:

Nestled on the banks of a river, this city’s historic brick streets and antebellum mansions have made it a charming setting for numerous movies…

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Nestled on the banks of the Cape Fear River, this Wilmington Walking Tour explores a city with a rich past, an exciting future, and a downtown full of charm and character. Tourists are drawn to the area because of its history, its brick streets and antebellum mansions, its varied museums, and its ‘low-country’ restaurants. But there’s another reason people flock here this is the third-busiest film production site in the U.S., after New York and Hollywood. ‘Wilmywood,’ as some call it, has been the setting for numerous movies, including Blue Velvet, Empire Records, Cape Fear, Black Knight, 28 Days, and The Crow, and TV shows such as Matlock, Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill. Explore these and more with your expert personal guide, available 24/7 on your schedule!

Wilmington Walking Tour Highlights

  • Welcome to Wilmington!
  • Heart of Downtown
  • Riverwalk
  • Museums
  • The Architecture of Wilmington
Transportation By Foot – Easy walking
Specialty City/Town, Historical/Heritage
Tour Type Guided Tour – play before & while you tour
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  • Pick up brochures and other valuable bits of information about activities at the visitor's center at the intersection of Market and Water Streets. Ask about coupons for stores and restaurants that might be available.
  • Can't find a parking spot on the street? Try one of the parking garages. There are three that charge by the hour, with the first hour free. Or you might prefer a lot that charges a set fee by the day, anywhere from $3 to $5. There are several. Call 800-222-4757 for details.
  • If you get tired of walking, try the free bus that runs in a loop from Red Cross Street to Ann Street. You will see signs for it along several streets. Go to the WaveTransit website to find a map of the route. Or take a pedicab - a small bicycle-powered open-air cab. There's no charge for the ride; the driver works for tips.
  • It's probably best to tour downtown earlier in the day during the summertime, when afternoons can become sultry. There is also less car and foot traffic during the week. Make sure to check out all the historic markers along your path. You can learn a great deal about Wilmington's past from them.
  • If you are driving and you need to refuel in downtown, there is a Shell Station at the corner of Third Street and Red Cross. It's a landmark because music pours out from the station whenever it is open.

Maria Goudiss

Maria Harding Goudiss has been a writer and avid traveler for more than 20 years. She has written several thousand articles for newspapers and magazines, focusing on many historic landmarks in New York State's Hudson Valley. Maria is the founder of WordSmith, author/co-author of 60+ reading workbooks, and is a senior editor for various publishing companies.


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"Even though I am a local, I thoroughly enjoyed visiting and learning more about the history of the landmarks. The author's interest in the area comes through in his engaging style of writing. Being able to complete the tour at my own pace made it even
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"When the conference ended, I stayed in town on my own and used T4M's self-guided tour to decide which things in town I wanted to visit and what to see/do there. The guide was right every step of the way. Bottom line, this guide helped me make the most of my time in town."
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