The Ultimate UNCW Staycation
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The Ultimate UNCW Staycation

Staying in town this Summer? Not to worry, we have suggestions to keep you busy.

The Ultimate UNCW Staycation

It's not uncommon for college students to stick around for the summer, and take classes or hang out by the beach for a few months. One of the great things about going to school in Wilmington is that the beach is fifteen minutes away, as is the beautiful riverfront of downtown of Wilmington. When I thought about it, I realized how much fun is available to those of us students who decided to stay behind for the summer.

1. The obvious answer: go to the beach!

Weather abiding, the beach is a wonderful place to waste time. But then again is it really wasted if you're laying out on the sands of Wrightsville Beach? Grab yourself a hot dog at Trolley Stop, or maybe some quality bagels from Beach Bagels, and you're in business for the perfect beach day right in your own town!

2. A second obvious option: downtown Wilmington

The enchanting area of downtown Wilmington has a lot to offer, especially for those of us here for the summer. Each Friday the Downtown Sundown concert series happens with cover bands performing for the public. Downtown Sundown is a wonderful way to unwind after a long work or school week and is just another amazing aspect of living in Wilmington.

3. Kilwins Ice Cream

Located in downtown Wilmington by the riverfront is the famous Kilwins Chocolates. They have lots of treats to satisfy your sweet tooth, but of course, the most popular treat is their crowd-pleasing ice cream. Try every flavor. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

4. Airlie Gardens

Created in 1901, the beautiful and enchanting Airlie Gardens, located right down the road from Wrightsville Beach, is a beautiful place to spend your summer. Bring a good read, take some gorgeous Instagram pictures, and pack a picnic. With many attractions inside the gardens, such as a bottle chapel and unique statues, you can't go wrong with Airlie Gardens!

5. Trails, trails, trails!

For those of us that love an adventurous walk or hike, Wilmington has a ton to offer! For starters, there is wonderful access to the cross-city trail right on UNCW's campus. Some trails at the campus lead to the university ropes course, other parts of the trail come out by the cross-city trail! Another fun trail in Wilmington is the Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve, which is located in town, just .5 miles from campus.

So, whether you want a relaxed beach day, beautiful gardens and river fronts to walk around, or an exciting nature hike, Wilmington in the summer has everything you could ever imagine. Grab your camera, go take some killer Instagram photos, and go take advantage of this beautiful city so many of us are lucky to call home!

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