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10 September . 2021

Family Fun

Wilmington is a city full of family fun everywhere you look. Whether it’s a museum, or outdoor park, there is so much to offer for families right here in our backyard. Some of our favorites are listed below.

Museums

Children’s Museum of Wilmington - Wilmington’s only museum dedicated for children up to age 10! With over 15 exhibits, daily programs, and monthly special events, the museum is full of excitement and fun for the kiddos.

Children's Museum of Wilmington

Cape Fear Museum of History & Science - Founded in 1898, this is the oldest museum in the city of Wilmington. A list of the museum’s exhibition schedule can be found here. One of our favorites is the Michael Jordan: Achieving Success exhibit that features memorabilia from the basketball legend who grew up in Wilmington.

Cape Fear Museum of History & Science

Wilmington Railroad Museum - Fun and educational, this museum has a play area for kids, more than 20 operating scale model trains, a real life caboose, and much more! Another fun event is story time, which occurs on the first and third Monday at 10:30 am.

Wilmington Railroad Museum

Outdoor Fun

Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park - Bring on the fun! Jungle Rapids is voted the “Best Water Park in Eastern North Carolina” and it definitely lives up to the hype. In addition to water fun, the park also has go karts, laser tag, mini golf, mini bowling, rock climbing wall, and an arcade! View their schedule and hours here.

Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park

Fort Fisher State Historic Site - The tour trail is approximately one-quarter-mile long and encircles the remains of the fort on the river side of the highway. Exhibit panels containing photos and text are located at many locations along the tour trail. A restored gun emplacement is located on top of one of the batteries. Battle Acre, a monument to Confederate dead, is located on the ocean side of U.S. 421. A pavilion located at the northern end of the parking lot houses a display on underwater archaeology. Bring your family to this historic site to learn about the deep rooted history of Carolina’s coast.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

Battleship NORTH CAROLINA - Step back in time and let history come alive through the crews’ stories. Imagine yourself steering the ship, starting her engines or even firing the guns. Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is a family favorite for those visiting Wilmington. Learn about their upcoming special events here.

Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

Indoor Fun

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher - Visitors of the area continue to vote the NC Aquarium as a top regional and national attraction each year. While visiting, you can truly explore the wonders of aquatic environments from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, reefs and the open ocean, discovering unique habitats and animals from North Carolina and around the world.

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Wilmington Ice House - Open year round, this indoor ice skating rink offers group and private lessons, public skate times, camps, figure skating, and hockey. Their monthly schedules with public skate times can be found here.

Wilmington Ice House

Defy Gravity - Fun for the entire family, and varied enough to be a challenge for jumpers of all ages, Defy Gravity Wilmington lives up to its name as a unique destination for active play. All ages love to visit Defy Gravity!

Defy Gravity

Flip N Fly - This 28,000 square foot state of the art facility with wall-to-wall trampolines has the safest shock spring technology system, making it safe for the whole family! A great place for indoor fun in the Wilmington area.

Flip N Fly