Spring Break is coming up! Have you finalized your plans yet? If you’re still unsure of where to go, Wilmington, NC and the surrounding beaches are great spots to consider. And for all you locals—a ‘staycation’ may be just what you need to relax and recharge! For your convenience, we’ve laid out some of the fun things you can do in the area as well as unique spots to eat and shop. Enjoy!

Places to Eat

Shuckin’ Shack

This local gem in Carolina Beach serves up local oysters, shrimp and fish along with creative cocktails. The casual atmosphere and friendly staff make Shuckin’ Shack a great go-to spot for tourists and locals alike. They even have a downtown location as well!

K38 Baja Grill

Offering Mexican food, K38 Baja Grill prepares all of their dishes to order using the freshest ingredients available. From their homemade salsa and chips to their one-a-kind sweet and sour mix, there’s something on the food and drink menu for everyone.

Chop’s Deli

One of the best places to grab lunch, Chop’s Deli puts a new spin on traditional deli favorites. Their creative combinations are second to none, offering sandwiches, soups, salads and homemade desserts.

Things to Do

Airlie Gardens

This self-guided walking tour features beautiful, blossoming gardens, wildlife, sculptures and breathtaking views of Bradley Creek, making Airlie Gardens a must-see. Not to mention the 100,000 azaleas and the 467-year-old Airlie Oak.

Cameron Art Museum

Featuring 9.3 acres of leaf pine woodlands, outdoor sculptures, nature trails and a historic Civil War site—the main facility is just the tip of the iceberg at Cameron Art Museum. It features two exhibition areas, a gift shop and café as well.

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Hop aboard the Henrietta III to see breathtaking views of the Cape Fear River and Downtown Wilmington, NC. In addition to sunset dinner cruises, you can also enjoy narrated sightseeing tours during the day.

Go Shopping

The Cotton Exchange

A variety of unique boutique shops make up The Cotton Exchange in Downtown Wilmington, NC. And this historical site was, at one point, exactly what you’d think—a cotton export company.

Mayfaire Town Center

If you’re looking for brand-name stores, Mayfaire Town Center has you covered. With stores such as Gap, Pottery Barn and Barnes & Noble, this outdoor center offers various shopping options for yourself, the kids or your home.

Blue Moon Gift Shops

This shopping destination houses over 100 artisans, retailers and entrepreneurs with a wide selection of home accessories, furniture, art, pottery, apparel, jewelry and gifts. Blue Moon Gift Shops is a true Wilmington, NC shopping destination.

When it’s time to finalize your Spring Break plans, Network Real Estate can assist you. We offer a variety of vacation rentals to choose from, so you are sure to find the perfect spot for your family or friends. And when you decide you’d like to live here, feel free to explore our available homes for sale as well!