Bijou Park is a hidden gem of a "blink and you'll miss it" attraction in Wilmington, and is a perfect spot for weary shoppers and strollers to find a quiet bench, stretch out their legs, and relax. Located in a rare gap in between downtown buildings on 225 N Front St, the park straddles the heart of Downtown Wilmington and a Riverfront parking area, but the section in between is quiet, peaceful, and buffered from the sound of the downtown traffic by the two tall but historic buildings on either side.

Home to a bike rack, a courtyard, plenty of well-maintained greenery, and a handful of benches, the park is more of an idyllic pit stop for pedestrians than a park designed for sporting events and avid activity. Bijou Park, in fact, is only 1/5th of an acre in area, which makes it both hard to find and a peaceful getaway for passer-bys who want to pause for a spell. Ornate street lamps that run through the center of the park keep it well-lit at night, and on occasion, strollers will even notice temporary art installations, added sporadically as part of the "Pedestrian Art Program" in Wilmington. A line of shrubs provide a makeshift border against the buildings, and small ferns and other seasonal greenery in cement pedestals are carefully placed alongside the wooden benches.

All in all, Bijou Park is a perfect attraction for shoppers, diners, and tour-goers to take a load off before launching off to their next Wilmington adventure. Serene and inviting, Bijou Park allows busy pedestrians to enjoy a break in perfectly landscaped, southern style.

 

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Wilmington, NC Kayaking Guide

Wilmington, NC Kayaking Guide

With easy proximity to Masonboro Island and the outlying beaches, the Cape Fear River, and miles of creeks and bodies of water in between, kayaking is a dream in the Port City. Wilmington is home to a wide range of kayaking clubs, equipment providers, and miles and miles of trails, which means that any outing can turn into a kayaking adventure in no time. Explore the various guided tours and clubs available, or find a boat ramp and / or launching site and embark on your own adventure. No matter what kind of excursion you crave, Wilmington always sets the stage for an exceptional paddling adventure.

Wilmington Riverwalk

Wilmington Riverwalk

The Riverwalk in Downtown Wilmington is a showstopper of a stroll that is a distinctive attraction all its own. Originally conceived in the 1980s as a way to generate more interest and tourism to the Cape Fear River waterfront regions of Wilmington's historic Downtown, today the Riverwalk encompasses a full mile of scenic boardwalk, hugging the borders of the riverfront, and providing visitors with endless views and easy access to some of the Downtown's most beloved attractions.