- Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing Type
- 2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
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The 230-plus blocks that comprise Wilmington's historic district are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and they contain everything from mansions to museums, as well as a host of restaurants and shops. One of the best ways to see the district's highlights is via a guided tour. Some traveler-approved operators include Haunted Wilmington and Wilmington Trolley Company. But you can also download the Wilmington.tours app to your smartphone, which includes four tours, including one with a pub crawl theme and another with a Civil War slant, if you'd rather take a self-guided tour.
One visitor says it well when describing Wilmington as a "fascinating" but "under-appreciated" Southern city, citing the history that occurred on the port city's cobbled streets. Others say the historic district is charming and quaint, yet still feels cosmopolitan.
The historic district is bounded by the Northeast Cape Fear River to the west, Wright Street to the south, South Seventh Street to the east and Harnett Street to the north. The area is free to visit but individual shops and restaurants operate different schedules. For more information, visit the visitor's bureau website.
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