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Planning a Wilmington, North Carolina Vacation!

By Meg Brunson

Wilmington, North Carolina has topped my list of dream vacation destinations for over a decade. One of my guilty pleasures since college has been getting lost in a Nicholas Sparks novel. Many of Sparks' books are based in the Wilmington, and he paints such a beautiful picture of the area that I simply had to visit!

We planned on spending 4 days in the area and wanted to have a day on the beach, but also explore some other local attractions. I reached out to the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau to discuss our upcoming trip and to seek out some unique ways to spend our time in the area. If you've never requested the assistance of a Visitors Bureau - you're surely missing out! The staff is so knowledgable about all the local venues and activies, and everyone we spoke to was excited to help us plan the perfect visit!

The Visitors Bureau can help you with all aspects of your visit - from finding the perfect place to stay, to finding places to play! They provided us with a list of a dozen (or so) family-friendly destinations for us to consider. Then, after when we shared the things we were most interested in, they encouraged us to reconsider the Railroad Museum, which did not make our initial list - and I am so glad they did - it was a BLAST! 

If you're looking for a beach vacation that you'll remember for years to come - you absolutely must consider Wilmington, North Carolina - with it's 3 ocean beaches and award-winning river front there are endless opportunities for making memories on the shore or in the ocean... plus, they have an aboslutely beautiful historic district and tons of museums and family-friendly venues!

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Wilmington, North Carolina is a vacation destination with a LOT to offer families, and it's also got a ton of restaurants and venues that would be perfect for a getaway without kids. Planning such an amazing vacation would not have been possible without the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau - they provided a ton of information that allowed us to plan a vacation that was enjoyable for all the different personalities in our family!  When you're ready to start planning your next beach getaway, definitely start with

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© 2019 Meg Brunson

Thanks to Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau for sponsoring this review. All opinions expressed are my own. See more on Instagram!

Meg is a mommy blogger, Facebook marketer, and much more. She is a mom to four kids who live full-time in an RV exploring the US! As a former Facebook employee, Meg remains a Facebook addict and handles's Social Media Marketing in addition to providing freelance services for other small businesses on how to best leverage Facebook as a part of their marketing strategy. Meg also hosts the FamilyPreneur Podcast, a podcast for parent entrepreneurs raising entrepreneurial children. Learn more about Meg at!