Port City Trolley

Wilmington, NC 28401

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CATEGORY: Transportation

Current As Of 01.16.2020
Contact Telephone (910) 343-0106
Contact Email wavetransit@wavetransit.com

The new vehicles are now circulating to connect all the Downtown districts. The FREE Downtown Trolley serves the City and County parking decks, City Hall, Thalian Hall, the New Hanover County Courthouse, Cape Fear Community College, and the many shops and restaurants found among the five districts. Passengers can board the trolley at any intersection or by waving to the driver. For safety purposes, Wave Transit encourages passengers to board at intersections, but with slower-moving traffic, especially on Front Street, hailing the trolley is perfectly safe. 

The new Wave Multi-Modal Transit Center will be open at 520 North 3rd Street on Friday, January 17th, after which the new map below becomes effective.

See 2020 Route Map

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Downtown Districts

DOWNTOWN DISTRICTS NORTH WATERFRONT Along the Cape Fear River, between the Wilmington Convention Center and the Isabella Holmes Bridge, a visionary transition is well underway. From its roots as industrial and warehouse, this area has undergone a full rebirth. With the recent opening of the Embassy Suites Hotel to the Port City Marina, Pier 33 Entertainment Venue and beautiful new contemporary restaurants, this District is now a true destination.

BROOKLYN ARTS Located in the northeastern sector of downtown, this district is home to concert venues, art studios, restaurants, neighborhood pubs, bottle shops, and contemporary luxury housing. It lies between the Cape Fear River and Smith Creek and is further defined by the railroad lines that many once deemed “the wrong side of the tracks.”

CENTRAL BUSINESS The (CBD) encompasses the most historic aspects of the Port City, including architectural structures and porticoes that have existed since the city’s inception in 1739. Besides shopping and dining, the CBD is also a destination for entertainment. Music venues, theaters, museums and historic markers add to the rich culture.

CASTLE STREET Since the late 18th century, Castle Street has always been a mixed-use street – an eclectic street at that – and, since the late 19th Century, a very well-integrated street, entirely unique to the Wilmington landscape. Today, this diverse District includes outstanding historic buildings such as the Firehouse at 5th and Castle and the yoga center located in the old white church. You’ll also find unique businesses including a record shop, a wine bar, coffee shops, wonderful antique shops, retro furnishings and clothing, hair and beauty salons, artist studios and galleries plus some outstanding restaurants.

SOUTH FRONT Early twentieth-century brick warehouses were once downtown’s industrial ports district. Today it tells a different story. With the complete revitalization of old ports housing and the Block Shirt Factory to Wilmington’s most unique apartments with a newly crafted commercial element imbedded, this District is something you don’t want to miss. You’ll find nationally-recognized, chef-driven restaurants, coffee shops, bakery, brewery and beer garden, community bar, yoga center, salon, and an outstanding art studio/ gallery home to 50+ local artists. Across the way sits the jewel of Wilmington, the 250-acre Greenfield Lake Park and an amphitheater hosting theater production and concerts.