Wilmington visitors who want the appeal of an oceanfront beach restaurant without taking a spin across the Wrightsville Beach Bridge can pop into the Dockside Restaurant. Located on the waterfront border, with a cool exterior that boasts an ocean-blue facade and a handful of palm trees, this eatery brings seaside cuisine to the edge of Wilmington.

Overlooking a small collection of marinas and open waters, the menu at Dockside Restaurant perfectly complements the coastal locale. Patrons will find a nice selection of seafood starting with the extensive appetizers list which boasts everything from blue crab dip to Oysters Rockefeller. There’s also a fine selection of salads and steamer plates, like shrimp and clams, to whet an appetite before moving onto the entrees. In this main section of the menu, patrons will have a hard time deciding whether to satisfy an appetite with a burger or fresh sandwich, or to go for the gusto with a sea-faring entree. When in doubt, go for something local and fresh, like the Southern Hoppin’ John with grilled shrimp, or the Low Country Succotash with fried oysters and Texas Pete aioli.

Boasting a nice blend of Cape Fear classics and traditional beach fare, Dockside Restaurant presents a fine opportunity to enjoy coastal and waterfront cuisine without leaving the edge of Wilmington.

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Wilmington Educational Activities

Wilmington Educational Activities

Considering that Wilmington is home to the renowned University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), it should come as no surprise that the city is packed with educational activities of all varieties. From historic antebellum homes to local museums where the regional history comes to life through a variety of intricate displays, there’s always an engaging activity – as well as a learning opportunity – to be uncovered with every visit to Wilmington, NC.

Wrightsville Beach Park

Wrightsville Beach Park

The sunny Wrightsville Beach Park, conveniently located in the heart of town, is a fantastic destination for an outdoor adventure that doesn't necessarily entail a trip to the beach. Adjacent to the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation's main facilities, the Wrightsville Beach Arboretum, and plenty of wide open green spaces, this park is a perfect spot for enjoying a little free fun in the sun, without the risk of getting sand in the shoes.