Retirees love living in Wilmington! After all, what's not to like about a vibrant cultural hub right on the beach? Whether you'd like to spend your time relaxing by the water with a good book, exploring Wilmington's many historical and cultural sites, or staying busy with local classes and group activities, this town has something for you. Explore our list of fun activities below, and try something new today!
Take a tour of Wilmington's Historic Downtown
Tour Wilmington's Downtown Historic District by carriage or trolley car. The Wilmington Trolley Company narrates sight-seeing tours of the most notable Historic Downtown sites, while horse-drawn carriage tours carry residents between places on the National Historic Register.
Relax on the beach
Attend a show at Thalian Hall
The Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, located in a renovated historic building in Wilmington's downtown, is one of the oldest theaters in the US. Performances range from ballets and plays to musical events and film festivals. In 2015, Thalian Hall put on over 250 shows.
Tour the USS North Carolina Battleship
Moored across the river from Downtown Wilmington, the NC Battleship offers guided tours of the WWII era-ship, featuring oral story-telling, historic photographs, and a collection of mementos. You'll even get to steer the ship!
Take a walk along Wilmington's Riverwalk
A long wooden walkway that borders the Cape Fear River, stretches through Downtown Wilmington past landmarks such as the NC Battleship and Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Residents can pause on the benches to rest and admire the view, or enjoy a special dinner at one of the many restaurants which border the walkway.
Stay fit at the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center
The New Hanover County Senior Center offers a full schedule of fitness and aerobics classes for all skill levels, from Aerobic Dance to Tai Chi.
Attend a class at the Wilmington Senior Center
The Wilmington Senior Center offers a calendar of arts and crafts classes sure to interest every creative. Try your hand at gardening, quilting, or watercolors, or even improve your computer skills.