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The Top 4 Reasons to Love Winter in Wilmington


It’s winter in Wilmington, and you may find yourself wondering what to do with your time now that our warm summers have come to a close. Fear not! With its mild temperatures, rich history, and fun attractions, Wilmington offers plenty to see and do all year. To get you started, here are UNCOMMON Wilmington’s top four reasons to love Wilmington, North Carolina, in the winter.

Like Having the Beach All to Yourself?

Sure, the days are a little shorter, and the temperatures aren’t quite as inviting, but winter in Wilmington still brings plenty of sunny days that are perfect for beach time. And even though you might miss summer sunbathing, winter at Wilmington’s beaches means far fewer crowds – so you’ll have more space to explore. Looking for some active fun? Get out on the water with a kayak or stand-up paddleboard rental from PaddleNC, or trek through 9 miles of amazing trails at Carolina Beach State Park. Even in winter, you can’t beat the views!

Winter Is for Digging Into Local History

As lovely as the beaches are, Wilmington has so much more to offer, and winter is the perfect time to do some exploring around town. From the historic district and the Burgwin-Wright House & Gardens to the World War II naval history embodied in the Battleship North Carolina – you’ll find all kinds of gems from Wilmington’s past. Take a stroll along the downtown Riverwalk. Visit the first history museum in the state, the Cape Fear Museum, or try something a little offbeat and take a trip through the Museum of the Bizarre. Wilmington has a lot more to see than just sand!

Where Can You Enjoy the North Carolina Jazz Festival?

Only in Wilmington! Every winter Wilmington hosts the North Carolina Jazz Festival, and this year’s iteration will be held Feb. 3-5, 2022. Since 1980 locals have been treated to amazing performances by world-class jazz musicians at this annual event, and the festival is back this year after an abbreviated live-stream edition in 2021. For the chance to see top-tier musical talent and participate in a rich Wilmington tradition, the North Carolina Jazz Festival is one event to look forward to every winter.

Cool Weather Means Bigger Meals

Foodies aren’t like bears. We come out of hibernation in the winter, when the temperatures are cool and nothing sounds better than a delicious meal. And lucky for us, Wilmington is home to some exceptional eating. Head downtown to Seabird for fresh oysters and seafood, dig into beautifully prepared dishes in a funky setting at Rx Restaurant & Bar, or peruse the shops and cafes in The Cotton Exchange, a venue housed in eight historic buildings that date back to the late 19th century. Shorter days make the perfect excuse to fill up on some good eats around Wilmington!

Looking for more things to do in Wilmington, North Carolina? Check out our UNCOMMON Wilmington Neighborhood page and our blog to find more great spots near home.


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