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Cradled between Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, Wilmington has a strong nautical influence. Dubbed "The Coast Guard City", the City's history as a shipyard is preserved in locations like the USS North Carolina battleship moored as a museum outside of the central core.
Wilmington's scenic river boardwalk is rated among America's best and rolls through the downtown. Narrated riverboat cruises amble up and down Cape Fear River while ferries provide service to Wilmington's island communities and beaches. Nearby Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville beaches offer great locations for sun seekers, surfers and anglers.
Wilmington is also a great destination for deep sea fishing, paddle boarding, watersports and waterparks. Aquariums and museums are also around for travellers looking to stay dry.
Proximity to both rivers and the oceans inspires the menus of the over 40 restaurants and bars in Wilmington's river district. Local seafood and chowder cook-offs are a few of the tasty treats that you can expect to sample.
With a staunchly independent past, Wilmington was the site of important events in the Revolutionary War, Civil War and civil rights movement. The city contains historic sites and museums to each of these major points in American history. Antebellum architecture, southern plantations and naval heritage is readily visible in historic neighbourhoods and the downtown port area.
Wilmington's heritage sites, skyline and beaches has made it a popular spot for movie and television production. Small-screen standouts include One Tree Hill, Sleepy Hollow and Under the Dome. To date, Iron Man 3 is the largest production to be based in Wilmington, helping to verify its claim as Hollywood East. Wilmington is also home to the largest underwater special effects set in the U.S.
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