Wilmington was settled by the English along the Cape Fear River. The city was named after Spencer Compton who was the earl of Wilmington. Its historic downtown has a 1.75-mile Riverwalk, developed as a tourist attraction in the late 20th century. In 2014 Wilmington's riverfront was ranked as the "Best American Riverfront" by readers of USA Today.
Optional Excursions and Activities
*Optional sightseeing tours are at an additional cost unless otherwise specified.
Battleship North Carolina Tour – Wilmington, North Carolina
Visit the USS North Carolina (BB-55), affectionately known as “Showboat”, the first of the World War II fast battleships to be constructed. As the most decorated American battleship of World War II, and having served through the entire war, BB-55 has a history that includes every major naval offensive in the Pacific Theater of Operations. Upon decommissioning, the North Carolina was saved from the scrap yard by the school children of the state of North Carolina through a campaign called ‘Save Our Ship’. Your tour of the mighty battleship will include the main deck, third deck through 04 level, bridge, living spaces, mess decks, main and secondary plot, 16-inch turret and powder storage, sick bay, officer staterooms, as well 02 through 03 level, 5-inch mount and the navigational bridge. Activity Level – Moderate/Active due high kick plates, steep ladders/stairs. A minimum passenger count of 25 is required to operate this excursion. A maximum passenger count of 47 is allowed on this excursion. Transportation is exclusive to BSSA passengers. All gratuities are included.
Bellamy Mansion Museum Tour – Wilmington, North Carolina
The Bellamy Mansion Museum, one of North Carolina's most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture, is in downtown Wilmington. The mansion, carriage house, and original slave quarters comprise a complete site where visitors hear not only the stories of the Bellamy family, but those of the free and enslaved black artisans who built the home on the eve of the Civil War, and those of the enslaved workers who resided on property. The property now serves as a museum of history and the design arts, offering daily tours and many dynamic educational and cultural programs throughout the year. Tour the magnificent 10,000-square-foot home, visit the meticulously-recreated gardens, and walk through the restored slave quarters, one of very few preserved urban slave quarters in the country. Activity Level – Moderate due to several stairs throughout the mansion. A minimum passenger count of 25 is required to operate this excursion. A maximum passenger count of 47 is allowed on this excursion. All gratuities are included.