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8 Nearly Free (And Awesome) Summer Date Ideas In Wilmington

Did you know there were so many fun activities to do in Wilmington without breaking the bank! We believe everyone should take advantage of these beautiful summer days and nights and explore what Wilmington has to offer. That’s why we crafted some inexpensive date night plans for you and your sweetie! Leave the Netflix and Chinese food for another night and let’s get you two out on the town!

Laugh out Loud (literally) at Dead Crow Comedy Club

Have a night full of laughter at The Dead Crow Comedy Club in downtown Wilmington. Wednesday nights are Encore Award Winning Improv nights, 3 Improv shows for only $3! They also have great food and drink specials. Thursday nights are FREE Open Mic nights, with $3 drink specials, you can’t beat that. Doors open at 7pm during on weeknights.

Take a Sunset Sightseeing Cruise of the Cape Fear River

Feel the romance in the air as the sun sets on the Cape Fear River with your loved one. Get a one-hour sightseeing cruise of the Cape Fear River on The Maffitt for only $10. Pack a cooler and bring your own drinks on the boat!

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Take a Stroll at Sunset on the Cape Fear River Walk

Voted “Best American Riverfront” by USA Today – a fun and FREE way to spend quality time together. Take a walk on the Cape Fear River Walk- window shop, people watch, take a few selfies, and maybe get ice cream! The Cape Fear River Walk is surrounded by plenty of fun little shops and boutiques for you two to browse and enjoy. Stop for ice cream at Kilwin’s Chocolates or Tar Heel Creamery for dessert.

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Source: cfrboats.com

Browse Mayfaire and Catch a Matinee

Mayfaire is is full of great shopping and window browsing. Burn some calories walking around Mayfaire then go to an early movie showing, matinee movie tickets are much cheaper. Click here for movie show times at Regal Mayfaire.

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Get in Touch with Your Artistic Side at 4th Friday Night Art Gallery Walk

Have a taste for the arts? Every 4th Friday Night there is an Art Gallery Walk featuring: Theatre, Music & Preforming, Film & Media, Visual, and Community Art. Check out what’s featured in the next Art Gallery Walk.

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Partake in Free Live Music Around Town

Do you two like live music? We do. Wilmington is packed full of free and inexpensive concerts. There are over 100 different concerts going on here in Wilmington this summer, a few different concerts every week! Pack a cooler and enjoy an outdoor, live concert for little to no money. Check out previous post Wilmington NC 2015 Live Music Calendars  to find the next concert you two would like to enjoy.

Walk the Loop

The Wrightsville Breach loop is 2.5 miles of pure bliss. Enjoy each other’s company while taking in the beauty of the island. With the calories you burn on the walk, you don’t have to feel guilty grabbing a beer in the beer garden at Lighthouse Beer & Wine when you’re done. The Lighthouse has an extensive selection of beer and wine from all over the world. They have a stock of 700 different kinds of beer in the store, and hand selected wine you will not find in the grocery store; they even have wine on tap!

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Self Guided Wilmywood Tour

Wilmington is known for the many movies and television series shot here, right in our own back yard. But do you know where the actual film locations are? Check out Wilmywoodnc.com and take a self-guided tour of the film locations. Don’t want to drive your self? We’ve got you covered.


In fact, if you would like to spruce up any of these low cost date night ideas with superb transportation, just contact Event Shuttle Service , we will be thrilled to chauffeur you and your love around. We have transportation that’s perfect for any occasion including date nights on the town- check out specifically riding in our elegant Mercedes E350.

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Amanda Baker

I'm the founder of Event Shuttle Service. I'm a Mom. I'm a huge Carolina Panthers fan. KEEP POUNDING! :)