For Wilmington visitors who are exploring the outskirts of the downtown area, or who are just setting off on a trip to the coastline via Carolina Beach Road, Sub Stop is an easy destination to feast on a big lunch, or pick up a host of goodies for the road. Known for its “mom and pop” atmosphere, and large list of big, numbered subs, this friendly destination has a solid reputation for appeasing the most ravenous appetite.

The subs are the star of the menu, but patrons will also find a unique and classic selection of salads, like the tuna salad and the jerk chicken salad bowl, wraps and roll-based sandwiches, and fast food favorites like cheeseburgers and hot dogs. The subs however, which come in half and whole sizes, are where newcomers will want to start, and there’s a huge variety to choose from. Traditionalists will want to chomp into the roast beef sub, the cheese steak sub, the Italian sub or the chicken or tuna salad subs, while patrons with a more eclectic taste will want to try something different, like the Chicken-Jalapeno Melt, or the Pepperoni Pizza sub. Always decadently filling and served with a wide smile, Sub Stop is where Wilmington’s hungriest sandwich fans go to feast.

  • Monday10:30am-8:00pm
  • Tuesday10:30am-8:00pm
  • Wednesday10:30am-8:00pm
  • Thursday10:30am-8:00pm
  • Friday10:30am-8:00pm
  • Saturday10:30am-3:30pm
Cape Fear Museum

Cape Fear Museum

The Cape Fear Museum, (shorthand for the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science), has been educating and entertaining visitors for well over 100 years. Founded in 1898, the museum is the oldest operating museum in North Carolina, and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Distinguished for its modern structure and Market Street location in the middle of Downtown Wilmington, the museum has a wealth of information on the history, wildlife and culture of the 50-square mile Cape Fear region. More than 50 thousand exhibits can be found within its brick and concrete walls, and patrons of all ages will surely find an exhibit or two that is engrossing, educational, and sheds new light on this essential coastal Carolina region.

Freeman Park

Freeman Park

The northernmost coastal region of Carolina Beach is home to the Freeman Park Recreation Area, a stretch of shoreline that is well known to adventurous, beach-loving 4WD truck owners. Unlike other stretches of the barrier islands off the coast of Wilmington, this park is special because it is completely undeveloped, and allows beach driving to off-roaders who like to cruise along the sand.