Downtown Wilmington visitors who want to cap off a full day of shopping and exploring can make a stop at the homegrown Ironclad Brewery for a wonderfully crafted pint or two in a casual, spacious, and all-around historic environment.

The brewery is located in an ancient brick building along 2ndStreet, and is easy to reach for any downtown explorer who is strolling along the waterfront. The interior is both sprawling and cozy, with natural brick walls, towering ceilings, and a long wooden bar and accompanying tables that’s perfect for settling in with a cold drink. There’s more than 10,000 square feet of space that’s spread out across two floors, which ensures that even on busy days, patrons will still find plenty of elbow room.

While there’s a full bar to cater to drink fans of all tastes, the big draw at Ironclad Brewery is naturally the beer, and while the taps rotate regularly, patrons can expect to find plenty of staples including an English style pale ale, a Northern English brown ale, an IPA, a golden ale, and even a chocolate stout and / or coffee porter. With so many varieties to try and plenty of room to relax, Ironclad Brewery is worth multiple visits to taste just how good local homegrown beers can be.

  • Monday12:00pm-12:00am
  • Tuesday12:00pm-12:00am
  • Wednesday12:00pm-12:00am
  • Thursday12:00pm-12:00am
  • Friday12:00pm-12:00am
  • Saturday12:00pm-12:00am
  • Sunday1:00pm-12:00am
Shell Island

Shell Island

Shell Island may not be a familiar term for new visitors to Wrightsville Beach, but it’s certainly well-known among locals and historians who like to explore the original roots of the area. Referring to the northern tip of Wrightsville Beach which was once the site of a popular resort, “Shell Island” is still an attractive destination for shell-seekers, fishermen, beachcombers, and anyone who likes a little peace and quiet in this otherwise bustling beach town.

Airlie Gardens

Airlie Gardens

Arlie Gardens is home to a stunning collection of natural gardens and eye-catching artworks which continually impresses visitors to the Wilmington area. Established in 1901, and originally used as a private garden for the wealthy Pembroke family, the garden has since been transformed into a public attraction that’s dotted with thousands of camellias, magnolias, wisteria, azaleas, and other southern blooms that thrive in the warm coastal climate. The azaleas are arguably the star of the show, as there are more than 100,000 red, white, and magenta hued-azaleas to admire.