What to do in North Carolina??
November 17, 2011 11:59 PM   Subscribe

I"ll be in the Willmington, Richlands N.C. area over Thanksgiving and the first week in December to visit my daughter. We both have slight physical problems that make long walks impossible. She is also new to the area and I'm am looking for fun places to go. Restaurants, tourist spots, historical sights, etc. Her husband is overseas in Aftganistgan, so I'm trying to fill a gap and cheer her up. Thanks in advance.
posted by cliffster99 to Travel & Transportation around North Carolina (3 answers total)
Sounds like a situation made for Segway rental.
posted by Iteki at 1:12 AM on November 18, 2011

Used to spend a lot of time in Wilmington because my in-laws lived there for many years. Check out the Riverwalk - area of downtown along the river with interesting shops, restaurants, etc. If you'll have a car and like aquariums the North Carolina Aquarium is very nice and the drive to get there goes through an interesting battlefield park. Airlie Gardens is a beautiful botanical garden. They do have trams so you don't have to walk a lot. I haven't been there this late in the year but they run the trams through New Year's so might be worthwhile. Am guessing the battleship North Carolina is probably not of interest and would be a lot of walking but it's a museum, permanently docked downtown. We also enjoy just going to Wrightsville Beach and walking as little or much as you like and just enjoying watching the ocean and pelicans, dolphins and sky. We used to go for coffee and cake here after walking at Wrightsville Beach. We bought fresh seafood here - set back on a dock behind other stores.
posted by leslies at 5:33 AM on November 18, 2011

Wilmington has the best attractions in the area, but you probably won't want to go every day because it's at least an hour's drive. For things a little closer: the Onslow County Museum is in Richlands. It's not very big, but it's nice enough. If you're into the whole hayride/farm type thing, that's probably a nice time of year to visit Mike's Farm in Beulaville. There's the Duplin County Winery in Kenansville, I've heard good things about it. Jacksonville has any number of restaurants and stores you might like to visit, but not so much in the way of "attractions". There's a race track, and some nice parks, and of course Camp Lejeune, with Beirut and Vietnam memorials.

If you can find a pig-pickin, the culinary delights of Eastern NC are not to be passed up.
posted by makeitso at 8:13 AM on November 18, 2011

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