Wilmington’s Favorite Date Ideas – The Seahawk

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The Seahawk has a few dating ideas for students on a budget. Here is a list of things you can do if you are tired of staying at home.

Wrightsville Beach at sunset. (Lauren Wessell)

Sunset over the south end of Wrightsville Beach

The south end of Wrightsville Beach has stunning open water views. It’s a great place to get comfortable with someone on a first date or someone you’ve been dating for a while. Bring a blanket and pizza and watch the sunset. After sunset, take a romantic walk with the stars leading you to the end of the island. Put your hand in the water and move it with a little force, until you can see the bioluminescent algae.

Inside PT Grill in Wilmington, NC (Alyssa Douglas)

PT grid

This old-fashioned grille offers a relaxed experience. The simple interior expresses coastal colors of blue and white with a touch of sentiment, as if you were picnicking outside. They serve burgers, chicken sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, BLTs, grilled cheese, and chicken fillets. The restaurant opened in 1990 and strives to present a family environment. They also have fresh squeezed lemonade.

The Pepper Cake in Wilmington, NC (Lillianne Hogsten)

Pepper cupcake

This cupcake shop has a little something for everyone. Peppery cupcake has both sweet and savory flavors, or the ability to combine the two depending on preference. Flavors like ShockO’lata, Turtle, Tuxedo, Vanilla Bean, and Strawberry Basil Cobbler are just a few of their flavor options.

Zeke’s Beans and Bowls at Wrightsville Beach. (Lillianne Hogsten)

Zeke

Located near Wrightsville Beach, Zeke’s offers smoothie bowls, poke bowls, pitas and breakfast. Zeke’s has a very clean and simple modern look. Brazilian bowl, sweet and spicy bowl, kale salad, and California pita are just a few items on their menu.

Cafe social in Wilmington, NC (Lillianne Hogsten)

Social cafe

Social Coffee also has a modern and welcoming atmosphere. Their menu is extensive, ranging from cold brew coffee to rosemary and vanilla lattes. They also have a store where they sell their signature coffee blends and coffee related decorations for your home. They also organize occasional quiz evenings.

Walk down the Carolina Beach boardwalk. (Lauren Wessell)

Carolina Beach Walk

The promenade is full of activities such as small shops, restaurants and an arcade. Located seconds from the beach, this boardwalk has wooden chairs for sitting and swinging while listening to the ocean. They host events like turtle talks, live music, and stargazing.

Admire the view at the Fort Fisher NC Aquarium. (Courtesy of NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher)

Fort Fisher Aquarium

Marine life, including sharks, fish, sea turtles, jellyfish, stingrays and seahorses, is here to be seen by the public. The aquarium is small, but worth the 30-minute drive, located right next to the historic Fort Fisher site and Fort Fisher itself. Stroll along a beach path when you are done looking at the wonders of the ocean.


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