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
Bijou Park

Bijou Park

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.

Henrietta III

Henrietta III

It's hard to miss the Henrietta III as she cruises along Downtown Wilmingtontowards the open waters of the Cape Fear River. As the largest cruise boat in North Carolina, and the state's only true stern wheel riverboat, the Henrietta III has become a staple of the downtown scene in Wilmington, adding to its historic charm and southern flair for fun.