Wilmington NC is wonderful place to live, work, stay, and play and Historic downtown Wilmington is our favorite place to spend time either alone or with loved ones. Whether you are a resident or visitor to the Port City, grab your sweetie and choose from one of these romantic date ideas in Downtown Wilmington NC.

A Romantic Dinner Overlooking the Cape Fear

As the winner of USA Today’s “Best Al Fresco Dining” Wilmington has many options for enjoying a delicious meal while taking in the scenery.


A few of our favorites include:

  • Dine on the balcony of Riverboat Landing – looks like a scene from a romantic comedy – an experience not to miss for all couples.
  • Dine on the riverwalk at Elijah’s, The George, Pilot House, Ruth’s Chris

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Play a Game of “Riverwalk B-I-N-G-0”


There’s a little bit of everything to see in downtown Wilmington, NC as you stroll the Riverwalk! Play our version of Riverwalk B-I-N-G-O!

Picnic on the Captain J.N. Maffitt, John Knox or Jacob’s Run

A smaller boat offering daily, hour long sightseeing tours of the Cape Fear River and Downtown Wilmington. While the Maffitt does not provide food and drinks, we do allow guests to bring food and/or a cooler as well as the ability to purchase snacks or drinks from The River Grill, located on our floating dock. Pack a cheese plate and wine or a full picnic for a creative and romantic date night on the water.

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Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

You can never go wrong with romance when it involves snuggling close together and having a new experience. A bit stereotypical of a romantic outing? Maybe. But there is a reason for that – it’s Fun! You’re close together, learning new things, and there are many opportunities to take photos of the sights and (of course) selfies.

Build Your Own Brewery Tour

There are several breweries that have “hopped up” (pun intended) in the last few years in Downtown Wilmington. Show your SO how thoughtful you are by mapping out a walking or driving tour to some of the areas best. Go the extra mile and call ahead to have a reserved bar seat or table for two.

A few of our favorites are:


A Walk in the Park

You can never go wrong with a romantic walk through nature. Pack a picnic, rent a kayak, bring the dogs, and enjoy each other while taking in some Vitamin D and in the great outdoors.

A few of our favorites are:

Get an Ice Cream and Stroll the Cape Fear Riverwalk

In 2014, voted “Best American Riverfront” by USA Today, so needless to say, it will be a beautiful way to spend a morning, afternoon or evening strolling the Cape Fear Riverwalk. Stop a a local ice cream shop and enjoy a waffle cone as you stroll

A few of our favorites are:

The Barge Ice Cream

Catch a Live Show

Skip the movie theater and take them out to a live performance. Live, local theater is abundant in Wilmington.

A few of our favorites are:

Mix and match these downtown Wilmington romantic date ideas and you’ll never run out of things to do on your next night out!

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