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Y’all spring break is HERE!! Time to take a break, get away, and take some time to relax with the kiddos. What better than a beach trip? I’m here to share with you some of my faves so you’ll be confident (and not have to s Do something special with them to make this week a super fun time.

So here it is, the best of the best Wilmington, NC restaurants, and things to do as curated by me!

Top 11 Restaurants & Things to Do in Wilmington, NC

1. K Bueno /Tower 7/ K Bueno– This is really my fave ever mexican place, which really qualifies as tex mex. The roadside tacos & bbq chicken nachos are LEGIT. Also checkout the mexican street corn which is just delish. / 

2. Boombalattis – While you’re at K Bueno, make sure to make a stop into Boombalattis which has some of the most delish ice cream from grass-fed NC cows, and lots of vegan flavor options! Definitely try the cinnamon oatmeal caramel cookie, my fave (but sadly not gluten free, which means I can’t eat it anymore, so please enjoy it for me!!!) /

3. Osteria Chiccetti– You must try the parma pizza which is a flatbread with prosciutto, topped with fresh arugula. So delish!!! /

4. Indochine – Prob the best pad thai I’ve ever had, they also have a really cute outdoor seating area with separate huts. /

5. Chops Deli – really great sandwiches with boars head meats, my favorite is the Jackson. /

6. Drift Coffee & Kitchen– Such a great little coffee shop. They have super early hours so just make sure to get there before they close. And make sure to try the oat milk latte./ 

7. USS Battleship NC– This is a fun trip to explore a real actual battleship docked on the cape fear river. /

8. Downtown Wilmington, NC Riverwalk & Farmers Market – Really such a special place, with a great view and breeze, and the farmer’s market on Saturday and Sunday mornings is great along the riverwalk, make sure to check out the flower vendor. /

9. Airlie Gardens– beautiful paths and trails through flowers, a play area for the kiddos, picnic tables, and you can feed the fish! /

10. The Aquarium– This is just a fun one for the kiddos, if you’re there at 10:30am & 2:30pm you can catch the show with the diver in the big tank with the sharks, Shelldon the turtle, and sting rays. /

11. The Beach!I know this one is obvious, but I wanted to give you some insider info! Parking at Wrightsville Beach is $3 for an hour or $17 for the day so if you’re staying more than 5 hours – just pay for the whole day. Make sure to get there early for parking! If you park at access 4 (L shaped lot) there are showers, bathrooms, and changing rooms – basically a must if you’re on a day trip with kids. Carolina Beach is great too, and parking is free – and you’re also close to the aquarium, so if you’re into batching, try that one out! 

Places to Stay

If you’re looking for places to stay, my friend has an awesome AirBNB, you’ve gotta check it out! Use this link and get $40 off!