What is there for a Mission Team to do in Wilmington, NC (assuming the team has some “down time”)?
Located at 1516 Market Street, the Sisson House is located within the Historical District of Wilmington. The Historical District begins at the Cape Fear River and runs eastward for roughly twenty three blocks. This area is filled with most interesting homes, the museum, three “stage theaters with a full slate of great performances, and the one mile long Riverwalk.
The commercial district, which borders the Riverwalk, is filled with fine restaurants and neat stores. One can also spend hours touring the battleship USS North Carolina, right across the river from the Historical District. It is fitting that the USS North Carolina’s last port of call is here, for Wilmington was the last port open during the War Between the States.
Wilmington’s Screen Gems Studios is the largest full-service motion picture facility on the east side of the U.S. One Tree Hill, Dawson’s Creek, and Revolution are three TV hits to be produced in Wilmington as well as numerous movies (including Ironman 3).
The best way to gain access to detailed, timely local information is to search “Things to do in Wilmington NC” on your favorite internet search engine.
Then, of course, are the nearby beach towns:
• Wrightsville Beach is about twelve miles away;
• Carolina Beach is about eighteen miles away; and
• Kure Beach is about twenty three miles away.
Of the three beach towns, only Kure Beach features free parking, and the excellent NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is nearby. Fort Fisher guarded the entrance to the Cape Fear River during the War Between the States.
But if your group brought or rents boats, canoes, or kayaks, New Hanover County is a peninsula (it’s almost an island). There are about 31 miles of ocean frontage (roughly eight miles of which is the undeveloped, pristine Masonboro Island). The Intracoastal Water Way cuts through the wide sound between the barrier islands from the mainland, and is the entrance to five estuarine creeks just waiting to be explored!