Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
While the U.S. Civil War looms large in Wilmington’s history, the city’s biggest piece of history is the battleship USS North Carolina. Located just across the Cape Fear River from the city’s Riverfront Park and River Walk, the battleship serves as a memorial and floating museum of the most decorated American battleship of World War II. Walking the decks and cabins of the behemoth is fascinating, and provides an up-close and personal feel for what it must have been like to be one of the 2,300 officers and crew to serve aboard her during any of her numerous battle tours. While the onboard displays of her numerous battle activity is intriguing, perhaps more interesting is the extent to which she represents military efficiency. Oh, and while your walking the main deck, make sure you pause from time to time to look at the water below, as you will likely catch sight of a resident alligator or two.
Speaking of alligators, you can catch a close up view of a couple across the river, back on Wilmington’s waterfront at the “Cape Fear Serpentarium.” The perfect museum to excite the kids and/or scare the wife or girlfriend into your arms, the Serpentarium contains a collection of more than 80 of the most exotic, venomous and dangerous reptiles in the world. Not only do you get face-to-face with these scary looking serpents, lizards, crocs and gators, but you get to learn all about where you might run into them in the wild, and how few steps you’ll likely be able to make should one take a bite out of you.
After the past couple posts on Wilmington, pretty certain readers might want a little commentary and recommendations on all of the delicious food and places to hang your hat for the night in the area. We’ll get to it shortly, so stick around for more on the area and North Carolina in general.