Alternative Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Posted Mar 13th, 2020 in Weekend Wish List

If your entertainment plans for the weekend have been canceled or postponed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, you may be disappointed but all is not lost. To keep you from going stir crazy, we have some suggestions for things to do in Downtown Wilmington.

Obviously, if you are feeling unwell or are at risk because of your age or medical condition, the recommendation from the CDC and New Hanover County’s guidelines is that you stay home. If this is you, make the most of your time and catch up on some reading. Find out all the things you didn’t know about your favorite downtown businesses through our blog.

If you are symptom-free, Downtown Wilmington is the place to be. You can park free for the first 90-minutes at any of the City or County parking decks on 2nd Street. On-street parking is also available for $1.50 per hour and you can pay by credit card or with a smartphone app. Parking in private lots is an option as well—be sure to check the signs for rates.

Wherever you park, it is just a short walk to the many shops, restaurants and entertainment venues in the center city. Because most of the businesses are independently owned and operated, we encourage you to support them. Small shops are less likely to be crowded than the big box stores which will make your shopping experience much more enjoyable. Also, several restaurants offer al fresco dining and some have fabulous views across the Cape Fear River.

Being a riverfront city, Downtown Wilmington is very walkable. With Market Street at its center, shops and restaurants are to the south and the north. Make the most of the mild weather and explore the center city. You can also grab a cool treat at the new gelato café near the foot of Market Street and enjoy a stroll along the 1.75 mile-long Riverwalk. This is a fabulous way to get fresh air and exercise while taking in the view.

Downtown is a great place to take selfies too. See, snap and share pictures in front of the Second Street mural at Princess and 2nd Street, inside the circle on top of the City’s 2nd Street parking deck, beside the gnomes in Story Park, in front of the dolphin mural on the Riverwalk, or make it your mission to discover a new selfie spot.

If you’re in the mood to wander further, both the Brooklyn Arts District, which stretches along several blocks of North 4th Street and the Castle Street Arts and Antiques District are very pedestrian-friendly. Another option is to take a self-guided tour of downtown’s historical markers. Click here for a full list and to plan your route.

This way, you can still get out of the house and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day weekend downtown.  




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