The North Carolina Coast: Places to Explore



The city's long history, including its part in the American Revolution, is revealed in sights downtown and in the surrounding area. The Cotton Exchange is a complex of old mills, warehouses and cotton export buildings now used as shopping and entertainment centers. Henrietta III, a boat resembling paddle wheelers that once plied the Cape Fear River, has been put into service as a tourist vessel. Wilmington, also a college town, hosts special annual events such as the Azalea Festival, North Carolina Jazz Festival, Christmas candlelight tours, fishing tournaments, and the Cucalorus Film Festival. The city also hosts EUE/Screen Gems Studios, which claims more than 300 film, television, and commercial productions, including the popular CW network shows Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill.



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