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Popular amenities for Wilmington vacation rentals

Stay near Wilmington's top sights

Battleship North Carolina435 locals recommend
Mayfaire10 locals recommend
Johnnie Mercers Fishing Pier46 locals recommend
Airlie Gardens234 locals recommend
Wilmington Riverwalk138 locals recommend
Independence Mall40 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Wilmington

  • Total rentals

    2K properties

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    1K properties have a dedicated workspace

  • Rentals with a pool

    250 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    740 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    1.3K properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    105K reviews

Your guide to Wilmington


Wilmington is a colonial city with a cosmopolitan heart. Officially established in 1739, the city is integrated with the Cape Fear River and has a popular 1.75-mile Riverwalk, considered one of the best in the country. But it’s Wilmington’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean that lures many visitors. Bordered by 31 miles of shoreline defining Cape Fear, the city boasts a trio of popular beaches whose recreational activities draw vacationers from all over. Downtown Wilmington’s cobblestone streets and pre-Victorian architecture are reminders of the city’s long and colorful past.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Wilmington

Given its location along the Gulf Stream, Wilmington experiences a humid subtropical climate characterized by incredibly mild winters (highs in the mid-50s Fahrenheit) and hot, sticky summers (highs in the lower 90s). It seldom snows during the cold months, and when it does, it’s generally light and melts quickly. More notable for Wilmington is its lengthy spring, beginning in late February and lasting through May, with a beautiful show of flowers. With summer comes heat and humidity, together pushing Wilmington’s heat index toward 100 degrees at its peak, driving many visitors to the beaches. The push and pull of warm Atlantic Ocean waters and the city’s geography in relation to storm system tracks puts it in prime tropical-storm territory. If you’re staying in one of the Wilmington’s vacation rentals during hurricane season, which peaks in September, make sure you pay close attention to local weather.

Top things to do in Wilmington

Carolina Beach and Kure Beach

Located on Wilmington’s southeastern shore, these neighboring beaches comprise an area aptly named Pleasure Island for its bounty of coastal escapades. Popular with ocean sports enthusiasts, these beaches are lined with rental shops offering kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and surfboards; each has its own boardwalk.

Downtown Wilmington

Even if you’re staying on the beaches, it’s worth going out of your way to stroll downtown Wilmington’s historic district. Marking its roles in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and WWII, this living museum spans more than 230 blocks, making it one of the largest National Register Historic Places in the country. Explore on your own, or book one of the neighborhood’s many popular walking tours or horse-drawn carriages to learn as you go.

Airlie Gardens

To get an authentic taste of Southern scenery, book a ticket to Airlie Gardens on the banks of Bradley Creek, tucked onto Wilmington’s northeast side. Self-guided tours and bird hikes wind through an expansive 67 acres of paths, lakes, and landscaped gardens. Immaculately maintained for year-round visits, the gardens are filled with mossy oaks, an array of flowers and plants, and charming historic structures.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Wilmington?

    Wilmington has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid with daily highs of 90°F (32°C), while winters are mild, often hovering around 60°F (15°C). Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with occasional snowfall in winter. In any season, it's a good idea to pack layers and rain gear.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Wilmington?

    Enjoy exploring the historic Riverwalk, a scenic waterfront trail lined with shops and cafes. Visit the USS North Carolina Battleship to learn about naval history. Enjoy the vibrant flora at Airlie Gardens, or spend a day on Wrightsville Beach surfing, swimming, or simply soaking up the sun.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Wilmington?

    The most popular time to visit Wilmington is from March to May when temperatures range from 60°F (15.5°C) to 80°F (26.7°C). The Azalea Festival in April draws many visitors for its music, art, and garden tours. Autumn, particularly October, is also a popular time with cooler weather and the annual Riverfest event.

  • What are the best places to stay in Wilmington?

    Downtown Wilmington is a popular area to stay due to its close proximity to shops, restaurants and historic sites. River District is another frequently suggested area, known for its charming riverfront views. For beach lovers, Wrightsville Beach is a popular area to stay, boasting beautiful sandy beaches and water activities.

  • What are the best places to visit in Wilmington?

    Popular places to visit in Wilmington include the historic Bellamy Mansion Museum, Wilmington's Riverwalk, and the breathtaking Airlie Gardens. The Battleship North Carolina and the Cameron Art Museum are also frequently suggested places to visit. For beach lovers, Wrightsville Beach is a must-see.

  • What are some hiking trails in Wilmington?

    There are a few trails to explore in Wilmington. The Cross City Trail offers a 15-mile (24 km) path for walkers, runners, and bikers. Carolina Beach State Park features various trails showcasing diverse ecosystems. Or hike through the lush maritime forest in Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

  • What are some family activities to do in Wilmington?

    Wilmington is a family-friendly city with a variety of family activities. Explore the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, where kids can learn about sea life. Wilmington Railroad Museum is a fun educational experience, and Airlie Gardens provides a beautiful outdoor setting for a family picnic. You could also visit the Cape Fear Museum to delve into local history.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Wilmington?

    Consider a day trip to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina, which is a three-hour drive from Wilmington. Another option is Myrtle Beach, known for its vibrant boardwalk and amusement parks. Alternatively, you could visit the serene Outer Banks for a day of beach relaxation.

  • Are there vacation rentals near Wilmington's top attractions?

    You're in luck! Stay at the heart of it all with our vacation rentals near Wilmington's top attractions. We offer over 2,990 vacation rentals near Indochine Restaurant, over 2,510 vacation rentals near Battleship North Carolina, over 2,240 vacation rentals near Airlie Gardens, and over 2,510 vacation rentals near USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial Park, and so much more! Experience the best of Wilmington right on your doorstep.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Wilmington?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 1,050 vacation rentals in Wilmington featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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