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Cheap Things to Do in Wilmington NC

Cheap Things to Do in Wilmington NC

After Covid-19 we are all still recovering. "Ballin" on a budget is something we all hope for. Going out to a fancy restaurant and paying top dollar for amazing food is great. But, will you sit back 20 years from now and remember that juicy steak? Will that fancy cocktail forever be on your mind?

I will always remember a quote that I read in a bowling alley, "the rich have comfort but budgets have adventures”. With that being said, let us look at all the ways you can indulge yourself in a little adventure. This article is Cheap things to do in Wilmington NC.

Airlie Gardens

Picnics are a great way to spend a day, whether you are out with family, friends, or your special person. Picnics also allow you to work around your budget. You can decide on the types of eats and drinks to take with you.

Airlie Gardens provides the perfect picnic spot. Their entire garden is beautiful beyond words and needs to be seen to be appreciated. Besides working around your budget, you can also structure it and plan it out where you have set things to do.

For example, a romantic picnic with your partner could be a whole day event. The morning could be coffee from a flask you packed with some sandwiches. After breakfast, you could take a romantic walk around Airlie Gardens, which takes 1.5 hours. After such a calming walk and looking at all the scenery, you can have a light picnic lunch. How about some crackers and sour cream dip from the cooler? The rest of the time can be spent enjoying each other’s company.

If this sounds lovely to you, then head on over to 300 Airlie Rd, Wilmington, NC, and spend a day at Airlie Gardens.

Bellamy Mansion Museum

A big, historical mansion with 22 rooms. Normally, one would have to read a history book to learn about it, but you? No. you get to relive history at the Bellamy Mansion Museum. You get to see the genius and skill of African American artisans from the 1800s here.

The mansion endured a terrible fire in 1971 and has continued to exist in modern times as a museum. A complete museum of design arts and history is now housed in the Bellamy Mansion. The museum is one of the best cheap things to do in Wilmington, NC because of its many different admissions.

Admission prices differ for:

  • Groups
  • Student premium tours/Adult premium tours
  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Active/Retired Military
  • College Student/Students and
  • National Trust Members.

Each item on my list has a different price to help cater to each individual. Their tours include:

  • Premium in-person tours
  • Self-guided tours with a pamphlet or
  • Audio tours.

As you can see, The Ballamy Mansion Museum caters to all and all are welcome. Head on over to 503 Market Street, Wilmington, NC, and check it out!

Battleship North Carolina

The Battleship North Carolina is the most decorated battleship from World War 2 is in Wilmington. The ship's construction began in 1937, and it was finished in April 1941. Tours are relatively cheap, especially for the amount of history you learn. Admission prices are based on your status, such as military, adult, student, or child. So it's catered for all. Here is the exciting part, on a tour you get to:

  • Walk through 9 decks filled with history
  • See what crew quarters were like, and
  • Encounter real gun torrents

This tour is great to learn about our history and see amazing exhibits. It's a piece of history that makes it easier to picture what those heroic sailors went through while out at sea.

Safety measures need to be taken seriously when visiting the Battleship. Shoes with hard soles are not permitted, as are heels and sandals as well. You will need to wear something with grip, such as sneakers or shoes with a rubber sole.

You can enjoy this beauty at 1 Battleship Rd NE in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The Cape Fear Museum of History and Science

The Cape Fear Museum is a museum of history and science. This year marks 124 years since it first opened. During the last 124 years, the museum has moved around the city. But, since 1970, it has been located at 814 Market Street, Wilmington.

Originally, it was opened just to preserve artifacts from the civil war. As time went on, the museum's mission changed. It now preserves historical and scientific artifacts. Internationally and locally. Admission to The Cape Fear Museum is low and focuses more on you getting to learn about the history of America.

This is a must if you are in Wilmington, it is also family-friendly, so take the whole group!

Historic District

Take a walk down the Historic District of downtown Wilmington. It is on the national registry of historic districts. Get to see the architecture that makes this city so beautiful. It has a very 18th and 19th-century style. A shrine of Saint Mary with colorful stained glass in a Spanish baroque style Basilica can also be seen. Head downtown and take in a breath of fresh air as well as everything the Historic District has to offer.

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Author: ENC Explorer

After getting accepted to ECU, I started looking for things to do in and around Greenville, NC. However, my searches kept taking me to places in South Carolina! There must be things to do around ECU, so I started asking other students. They kept telling me to graduate and move away! This inspired me to begin exploring eastern North Carolina and build this website as a showcase of the places to go, sights to see, and things to do all over eastern NC. I have fallen in love with this region and started taking up roots here. After graduating, I didn't move away - I bought a house here and continue to explore eastern North Carolina.

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