- Greenfield Park- 1739 Brunett Blvd, Wilmington, NC
Greenfield Park is located near downtown and has a wide variety of wildlife and activities to enjoy. Greenfield Park has amenities such as walking/biking trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters, public restrooms, boat ramps, fishing, and tennis courts. The park also offers activities such as a skate park and boat rentals but those you have to pay for. Greenfield Park is also home to wide variety of wildlife such as beautiful cypress trees and flowers, lots of turtles, birds, fish, and alligators! This park doesn’t just offer daily activities either, it also has a great nightlife because it is home to the greenfield park amphitheater that has a wide variety of shows and concerts going on year round.
- Empie Park- 3405 Park Ave, Wilmington, NC
Empie Park is located near Oleander and Independence. This park may be small but it is packed with activities. Empie Park offers a wide range of tennis courts, two full-sized basketball courts, a playground, shuffleboard, baseball fields, picnic shelters, public restrooms, and a walking trail that connects to the cross city-walking trail. The park is also in a great location because right across the street is a huge shopping center with Harris Teeter in case you get hungry while playing. This park is especially great because it offers one of the most popular dog parks in Wilmington so if you want your best friend to get in on the action then this is the place for you!
- Hugh Mcrae Park-314 Pine Grove Drive, Wilmington, NC
Hugh Mcrae Park is located near where College Road turns into Carolina Beach Road. This is one of the largest parks in Wilmington and offers a wide array of activities. The walking trail is very extensive here and this is why a lot of walk/run charities and festivals are held here annually. Other amenities the park offers are tennis courts, baseball fields, playgrounds, fitness area, picnic shelters, public restrooms, a scenic pond with gazebo, Dog Park, and an area for horse shows. The dog park here is also very popular so don’t forget to bring your best friend here too and your prize horse if you have one.
- Wrightsville Beach park- 1 Bob Sawyer drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC
While technically not located in Wilmington, it is still close enough that you should go there. This park is located near Causeway drive and is home to a lot of great activities. The park offers amenities such as a modern playground, tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer/football fields, a fitness area, picnic shelters, public restrooms and volleyball courts. This park has a great location because it is located on “the loop” which is a popular walking trail. This park is also located half a mile from beach access and right around the corner is Wrightsville Beach museum so you can see how Wrightsville Beach came to be such a great town. This park also offers nightlife because it is home to an amphitheater that has concerts weekly during the summer.
- Fort Fisher Park- 1000 Loggerhead Rd, Kure Beach, NC
This park is also not technically in Wilmington but it is too great not to tell you about. Located at the very end of Pleasure Island, this park is a long drive from Wilmington but it is a nice scenic drive along the coastline towns. This park offers 5 miles of walking trails, which are popular for photography and bird watching. One of the trails has an interesting World War 2 bunker that you can go inside of. The park itself offers picnic areas with grills and public restrooms. The park sits off the beach so you can lie on the beach or go fishing. You may also take your 4×4 and trek across 6 miles of land and go camping for the night (seasonal and permit required). The park is located near the NC aquarium, which is home to lots of aquatic wildlife, which is fun for the whole family. Fort Fisher also has a great historical background that you can learn about at the Fort Fisher Civil War Museum, which is located right near the park.