It may be April Fool’s Day, but these spots in Wilmington are no joke. Since today is a day of jokes and all things unbelievable, we asked our staff to tell us about their most unique or unusual finds in Wilmington. Check out the list below! And, in the spirit of fun, we’ve also included the best reviews we could find along with some personal tips.
Museums & Activities
Museum of the Bizarre
This is perhaps the best $3.00 you can spend in Wilmington. While the museum is small, there’s plenty to see and it is a perfect place to stop when you’re downtown.
201 S Water Street Wilmington, NC 28401
Most promising review: “It’s been almost 48 hours since my visit to the Museum of Nightmares, and I’m still processing what an amazing experience it was!”
More information: Get a head start on North Carolina ghost stories and urban legends here.
Cape Fear Serpentarium
Yes, this a whole museum of reptiles, and a vast one at that.
Most promising review: “You will never in your life find another collection of reptiles as impressive.”
More information: The museum is cash only. If reptiles give you the heebie-jeebies, check out this guide to managing your fear.
Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden
No, they can’t really eat you, but this garden does feature a wide variety of carnivorous plants.
2025 Independence Blvd Wilmington, NC, 28403
Most promising review: “The experience was really cool! It was free, and self-led. I highly recommend checking this place out. Please remember not to pick any of the carnivorous plants- it’s a felony in NC! Imagine having to explain that story to your cell mate if you get caught.”
More information: Avoid being eaten by becoming familiar with local carnivorous plants here.
North Carolina Ukulele Academy
Forget guitar, you’re in a coastal town after all. If you’re in the market for a new ukulele, or if you’re looking to learn how to play, North Carolina Ukulele Academy has you covered.
Most promising review: “One of my favorite places to go to! Kent is great and a wonderful teacher. I love coming here to check out their amazing collection of ukuleles and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. This place will lower your blood pressure, guaranteed.”
More information: Check out the inside of the Academy here. Not familiar with the ukulele sound? Start here.
Athletic & Outdoor Endeavors
Yes, REALLY. There is a Jazzercise studio off of Oleander Drive where you can break out your best jazz hands (I assume).
Cape Fear Circus Arts
If you ever wanted to run away with the circus when you were little, you can test your performance chops with a trapeze or aerial skills class (and so much more).
The group offers a diverse array of classes at various Wilmington and Carolina Beach studios, see class descriptions and locations on their website.
Most promising review: “The people, the classes, EVERYTHING! I was looking for a fun way to get active again and I’ve found it! Take a class, any of them, one time and you will be addicted!”
More information: Check out their impressive Instagram posts.
Cape Fear Segway
You’ve likely seen Wilmington by foot and by car. But have you seen it by segway? Didn’t think so.
Most promising review: “When I first arrived in Wilmington, I wasn’t too impressed. But after the Segway tour, I was very very impressed.”
More information: They also offer demo rides for $25, which provides basic training and a short cruise through part of the riverwalk. Before you go, make sure you know the greatest segway reference in pop culture*.
New Ways to Unwind
Drift & Dream – Offering Floating
I first heard about floating or sometimes called “Floatation Therapy” when looking up things to do after running a half-marathon with my dad in Portland, OR. It was something I was not surprised to find in Portland, but it was definitely an unexpected find in Wilmington. Basically, you get into a tub of water saturated with Epsom salt that allows you to float. You are also in a sound proof room with no lights, which is supposed to provide a meditative experience.
Most promising review: “Touched by an angel is an understatement… I found this little jewel when I was looking to recover after a 50k run. I can’t wait to try each treatment offered there.”
More information: Buzzfeed recently had people try floating for the first time. This informational video for first-time floaters (featuring some great mustaches, too).
Watering Holes & Good Bites
The Browncoat Pub & Theater
Enjoy live performances or sing your heart out with regular karaoke nights at this downtown bar and entertainment venue.
Most promising review: “Karaoke every night of the week is insane.”
More information: This guide may help you sing karaoke with more confidence. This list provides the best songs for drunken karaoke. Also of note, the bathroom door at Browncoat Pub is a Tardis.
One of the most exciting finds we’ve made in Wilmington is Saigon Market. Not only do they offer Asian groceries, they also have a great fresh produce section!
Most promising review: “I can find Indian and Vietnamese specialty items that I can’t find anywhere else in Wilmington. The staff is very nice and friendly. Love the Vietnamese coffee and Café Du Monde, New Orleans coffee in the orange can makes the best (can’t get it anywhere else here).”
More information: Check out this roundup of easy Asian meals you can make at home.