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Wilmington Farmers’ Markets



Wilmington’s Local Farmers’ Markets

Wilmington has several great Farmers Markets where you can buy products and produce from actual local farmers and crafters. These markets serve as a seasonal destination for locals and tourists alike. Here you can meet local farmers and shop a variety of local produce and arts and crafts. The community setting and social atmosphere promote quality of life in Wilmington while offering a venue for local growers and crafters to sell their products.

Open air markets provide a unique summer shopping experience. Spend a few hours outside at one of the following Wilmington Markets browsing the freshest produce around, listening to music and checking out local artists work.

Riverfront Farmers’ Market

  • When: Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Where: Located along the Cape Fear River in Historic Downtown Wilmington in Riverfront Park; 00 block of N. Water Street
  • Info: Situated in Historic Downtown Wilmington along the scenic Cape Fear River featuring local farmers, producers, artists and crafters. Products offered include fresh vegetables, fruits and berries, herbs, flowers, plants, eggs, cheeses, farm raised meats, seafood, honey, baked goods and confections, legumes, pickled items, jams & jellies, arts & crafts, and more. Musical entertainment is provided to set the mood and customers can take advantage of special events, activities and seasonal projects.

Lewis Farms Market

  • When: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Where: Lewis Nursery & Farms, 6517 Gordon Road, Wilmington NC
  • Info: This unique market features “pick your own” blueberries, strawberries and blackberries. You have the opportunity to pick the fruit fresh yourself. In addition to produce, the market also has a great selection of annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetable plants including gorgeous hanging baskets and potted plants. Before you leave, grab an ice cream cone or milkshake because this market is known for their homemade blueberry and blackberry ice cream (made with their own fresh berries).

Wrightsville Beach Farmers’ Market

  • When: Mondays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Where: Seawater Lane at the Town of Wrightsville Beach municipal grounds
  • Info: Provides an opportunity for residents and visitors of Wrightsville Beach to purchase fresh, locally grown produce and meet local farmers. Features vendors offering fresh and local produce, plus flowers, crafts, bread and other baked items, herbs, dairy products, meat and seafood, treats for dogs and more.

Carolina Beach Farmers’ Market

  • When: Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Where: Along the shores of Carolina Beach Lake; Highway 421 and Atlanta Ave, Carolina Beach NC
  • Info: This outdoor “island style” market is right on the shores of the scenic Carolina Beach Lake. There is an abundant selection of fresh and local fruits and vegetables, dairy products, wines, meats, baked goods and natural soaps. Local artists and crafters also have their items on display and available for purchase. Local musicians provide live music while you shop.

Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher is one of the most visited historical sites in North Carolina. During the Civil War its job was to protect blockade runners containing supplies for the Confederacy en route to Wilmington, NC. The fall of this Fort in 1865 was the event that opened the way for the Union victory.

Today, the Fort Fisher visitor center has an exhibit hall that details the battles and presents the history of the fort. A half-mile outdoor tour trail takes you through the lasting remains of part of the fort. Visitors may enjoy the scenic views of both the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean as they explore the site.

Whether you are a “history buff” or not, a visit to Fort Fisher is a great way to spend a day. Explore the museums at Fort Fisher State Park, take a guided tour of the Fort, witness Civil War history, or take self guided walk through the scenic trail right by the water. Go back in time and experience a monumental part of American history.


To get there from downtown Wilmington:  take U.S. 421 south through Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Fort Fisher will be on the right just south of Kure Beach.


Fort Fisher was the “Last Major Stronghold of the Confederacy,” and the scene of the two largest naval bombardments of the Civil War. At the beginning of the American Civil War the Confederacy took control of a part of land in southern North Carolina near the mouth of the Cape Fear River and constructed what was to become the largest and most important earthwork fort in the South.  The official website states that: “Ft. Fisher kept Wilmington’s port open to blockade runners supplying necessary goods to Confederate armies inland… this was the last remaining supply route open to Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War. When Ft. Fisher fell after a massive Federal assault on January 15, 1865, its defeat helped seal the fate of the Confederacy.”

Battle Facts

  • Location: New Hanover County, North Carolina
  • Dates: January 13 – 15, 1865
  • Union Commander: Alfred H. Terry, David Dixon Porter
  • Confederate Commander: Braxton Bragg, Robert F. Hoke
  • Forces Engaged: 9,632 Union; 1,900 Confederate
  • Estimated Casualties: 1,341 Union; 583 Confederate
  • Result: Union Victory

Outdoor Exhibits

  • A tour trail with 12 exhibits throughout the remnants of historic Fort Fisher. Trail has gorgeous views of the Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean.
  • Shepherds Battery: This restored gun emplacement features a reconstructed, fully operational, heavy seacoast cannon. This is fired for the public during special events.

Indoor Exhibits

  • Fiber-Optic Battle Map: This audiovisual map gives the history of the battle at Fort Fisher.
  • There are several exhibits that display all the history and information you could ever want to know about Fort Fisher. Everything is covered from the soldier’s lives at the Fort to the weapons that were used in the battles. Some of these individual exhibits are:  Blockade-Runners, Fort Construction, Weapons and Technology, Preparing to Fight, The First Assault, The Second Assault, and The Ladies of Ft. Fisher.
  • Numerous notable artifacts from the Civil War are on display inside the museum.

General Information

The visitor center hours are 9-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. You can take your own time and go on a self guided tour; however, if you would prefer a guided tour, these are given daily as well. Monday- Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Sunday: 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. There is no admission fee. Call (910-458-5538) more information.

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Wilmington Beaches: Spotlight on Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach NC

Location and General Info

Located to the North of Wilmington, Carolina Beach is a family-friendly beach town that has something for everyone. With a historical beachside boardwalk, a state park, miles of white sandy beaches, world-class fishing, and tons of events; Carolina Beach is a tourist attraction with fun activities for the whole family.

To get there from Wilmington: take Carolina Beach road, (also known as Highway 421). It will take you about 20 minutes from the downtown area.

The Beach

The white sands of Carolina Beach are perfect for a leisurely day of soaking up the sun. The ocean is inviting, especially at low tide where there are numerous tide pools to relax in. There are also a many water based activities for you to try out, such as kayaking and paddle boarding.  Surfing is also popular in Carolina Beach when the conditions are right. Fishermen can cast into the surf from the beach or hangout at the local pier and toss a line into the water.

The Town

After a day of fun on the beach, enjoy a stroll around the town center and boardwalk. Check out numerous jewelry, local art, and clothing shops; then walk out on the pier to watch the fisherman or catch live music. Numerous restaurants and bars line the streets and several attractions including a historical boardwalk (listed below) can be found in the town.


  • Britt’s Donuts– This bakery is known for its fresh, homemade, hot donuts on the Boardwalk. They’ve been written up by newspapers and magazines all over the state and a lot of the nation.  You will likely see a line outside this little establishment when its open but there is certainly a reason why. This is a local favorite and shouldn’t be missed; make sure to eat one while it is still hot!
  • The Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar– If you are looking for fresh steamed seafood and a few beers, this is the place to go. A casual, laidback oyster bar; Shuckin’ Shack serves oysters, shrimp, crab, clams and features daily specials (like 50 cent oyster Monday). Towards nighttime it turns into more of a bar atmosphere with several televisions for sporting events. Nothing fancy, just a fun place to hang-out and eat delicious seafood. Keep in mind this is a small dive-style bar and not appropriate for children.


  • Carolina Beach Boardwalk– The bustling historic boardwalk is lined with pizza, donut and ice cream stands, and numerous entertainments for the entire family. Choose from miniature golf, batting cages, an arcade, and an amusement park. This is one of the last remaining beach boardwalks on the East Coast. Get your fill of donuts, ice cream, and fudge, play in the arcade, watch an outdoor movie, see the ocean from the Ferris wheel, dance to live music, and end your day with a display of fireworks.
  • Carolina Beach State ParkConsists of over 760 acres of unspoiled natural wilderness. With over 6 miles of trails, you can enjoy a walk while taking in the scenery. Packed with birds and other wildlife, the park consists of several coastal ecosystems including dunes, swamps, so the variety of inhabitants is quite varied. You can even find a Venus Fly Trap growing in its natural habitat. The park also has a marina providing access to some of North Carolina’s best fishing spots and a camping ground.
  • Fishing, boat, kayak, surfboard and bicycle rentals are also available in the town center


  • Carolina Beach Farmer’s MarketSupport local farmers, bakers, and craftsmen at this Farmer’s Market held every Saturday from 8:00am – 1:00pm, May through September.  Shop an abundance of fresh and local fruits and vegetables, dairy products, wines, meats, baked goods and natural soaps while listening to live music; a great way to get outside and spend a Saturday morning.
  • Beach Music FestivalThrown annually for almost 30 years, the Carolina Beach Music Festival is one of the top beach music festivals in the United States. The event is held on the beach every year in June and promises a full day of live outdoor entertainment from the best beach music bands in the South. The whole family is welcome at this Festival and you may want to bring a cooler along with beverages and food. Tickets are $15 in advance. Children 12 and under are free.
  • Fireworks By the Sea and Boardwalk Blast MusicEnjoy free fireworks on the beach near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk at sunset every Thursday night during the Summer Months. The fireworks will begin at 9:00 pm. There is also live music on the boardwalk these nights from 6:30-9:30pm. The fireworks and music entertainment are free and open to all.
  • Movies at Carolina Beach LakeThe town has a free movie showing throughout the summer on Sunday nights at Carolina Beach Lake Park. Bring your chairs or blanket and find a spot on the lawn where the whole family can enjoy a newly released movie. Typical move refreshments such as soda, popcorn, and candy are for sale but you are also welcome to bring your own food and beverages. Movies start at dusk.=

For more information about Carolina Beach on the Visit Carolina Beach website.