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Guide to Historic Downtown Wilmington

Downtown Wilmington is one of the area’s best places to live! Wilmington’s Historic District offers many amenities that make living in the area a pleasant experience. Serving as the cultural center for the region, it houses major arts and cultural facilities, such as Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, along with many private art galleries. The Community Arts Center provides programs and facilities in all the arts.  A beautiful riverfront park functions as a focal point for many downtown activities, as well as the main stage for outdoor entertainment events throughout the year.

Adding to the riverfront’s appeal is the River Walk, a scenic brick and wooden deck walkway along Water Street on the Cape Fear River front. Antique lighting, trees and plantings, mini-parks, and overlooks combine to create a downtown amenity not found anywhere else in the city.

The Coast Line Center, including a convention facility, inn, shops, and restaurants, is housed in a restored railroad facility on the riverfront and is a charming place to host a modern-day event.  Restored historic shopping complexes, are located throughout the downtown area as well and are host to a number of interesting retail businesses and restaurants. Coupled with over 150 of the area’s finest shopping, dining and entertainment spots, these amenities make downtown Wilmington a “place to be” for business, visitors and residents alike.


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