Photography experts and neophytes alike will feel right at home in Wilmington. Nestled in the south eastern corner of North Carolina, this scenic coastal town boasts lush gardens, scenic beaches, and a rich history that has been beautifully preserved throughout the years. Wilmington is a photographer’s paradise because it combines entertainment and attractions with beautifully preserved architecture and scenic landscapes, providing an opportunity for visitors to relax and truly enjoy everything the area has to offer.
Wilmington’s rich history is evident throughout the architecture and historical attractions in the area and provides the perfect opportunity for photographers to practice their trade. Restored historic homes in the area offer a trip down memory lane and a rare glimpse at a time that we can only imagine. The Bellamy Mansion, Burgwin-Wright House, and Latimer House are all beautifully restored mansions from different eras that are open throughout the week for tours. Old southern plantation homes also provide a wonderful opportunity to photograph traditional architecture and the Poplar Grove Plantation allows you to do just that. This plantation is one of the oldest existing plantations in North Carolina and was held in the same family for over 6 generations. War fanatics will appreciate the vast military history that Wilmington offers. Visitors are encouraged to visit the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, a genuine WWII vessel. When the keel was laid in 1937, she was the very first battleship to be constructed in nearly sixteen years and became one of ten battleships to join the American fleet in WWII. This vessel was considered the world’s greatest sea weapon at the time and participated in every major naval offensive in the Pacific. After she was decommissioned and on the brink of being destroyed, the state of North Carolina acted to save and restore the ship to its present glory. Other photo-worthy historical sites include Moores Creek National Battlefield, the Fort Fisher State Historical Site, and the North Carolina Military History Museum.
If you enjoy photographing nature, you will have plenty to choose from in Wilmington. Airlie Gardens is a historic site that encompasses 65 gorgeous acres of Gilded Age lakes and gardens. Camellias, azaleas, and magnolias are among the flower varieties that take the spotlight in these lush gardens. This attraction also features a 467-year old Airlie Oak, local art, and native wildlife. Photographers can also venture to the Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve, the Arboretum at New Hanover County, or the Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve and capture all of nature’s wonders. If animals are in the agenda, check out the North Carolina Aquarium. Visitors can photograph various exotic fish varieties, sharks and other water mammals, friendly loggerhead sea turtles, and even an albino alligator named Luna. This is also a great photography opportunity for the family to enjoy as well.
One certainly cannot forget about the beach! What photographer wouldn’t jump at the chance to get up a little early and document a breathtaking beach sunrise? Wilmington is within minutes of three beach communities that all offer a unique feel. Carolina Beach hosts one of the last piers left in the area as well as a scenic boardwalk that boasts a top 10 ranking on Food & Wine’s list of the Top 10 Boardwalks in the country. Kure beach offers a lust oceanfront park that is an incredibly scenic spot for photographers. Both of these small beach communities give you a quaint, small town feel that you just can’t find anywhere else. If you are seeking prime beach photography, head to Wrightsville Beach. This area offers miles of beachfront, fishing piers, and marinas that all provide wonderful photography opportunities. Wilmington itself is a port city and visitors can enjoy the scenic Cape Fear River and a bustling boat scene.
It is not hard to see why the Wilmington area is a coveted location for photographers. The best part about the area is that you can combine a relaxing vacation with your photography journey and truly enjoy everything that Wilmington has to offer. Put Wilmington, NC on the top of your list of photography destinations!