The wintry weather has arrived here in Porters Neck Plantations, a premier gated community in Wilmington, NC, leaving much of our activities indoors. Days are shorter and nights longer, but the fun still goes on here in Wilmington NC. While we enjoy the sunny outdoors during these months as well, residents take most pleasure in all the indoor activities offered in Wilmington.

Warm-up Indoors by Exploring the Many Wilmington Shops

Come inside for a visit to the many wonderful shops located in Wilmington for some shopping. While downtown, be sure to explore the many interesting shops available at the historic Cotton Exchange. Once the world’s largest cotton exporting company, these eight buildings now house businesses who specialize in handcrafted merchandise. These items are locally crafted and are unavailable anywhere else. If you haven’t already done so, read all of its histories.  

Be A Tourist in Your Hometown

The best time to have an adventure while in your own hometown of Wilmington is during the winter while the crowds are gone. Visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher to learn all about the aquatic animals in North Carolina. In Hampstead, take pleasure by taking a class or view regional and national art at ArtExposure!

A wonderful place for children and adults alike is Battleship North Carolina where the majority of sights are located on the ship. Or, travel over to the Museum of the Bizarre or get excited at Cape Fear Serpentarium.

Off-Season Dining is Entertaining

At one of the many dining establishments in Wilmington, NC, come in and warm up with a glass of your favorite wine and enjoyable meal. Although it can be difficult to decide, do not forget Manna, Aubriana’s, Pinpoint Restaurant, Jerry’s Restaurant, or Port Land Grille for some fine dining.

While in downtown Wilmington, sample exquisite local cuisine at Ruth’s Chris, Elijah’s, Platypus and Gnome, The Pilot House, or Tarantelli’s. Or maybe you are in the mood for some scrumptious pizza located at Slice of Life or stop into Fork’n Cork for a great burger.

Try Pembroke’s, Ceviche’s Restaurant, or Bluewater Waterfront Grill while in Wrightsville Beach. In Scotts Hill, visit The Crab Shack for some mouthwatering crab. On Friday and Saturday nights, come to Mainsail Restaurant to enjoy prime rib. The dining possibilities are endless in Wilmington.


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These are only a small portion of winter activities available in Wilmington, NC to keep you and your family busy at Porters Neck Plantation.

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