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2021 Best Places to Raise a Family in the Wilmington Area

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  1. Myrtle Grove

    • Suburb of Wilmington, NC
    • Rating 3.8 out of 5  15 reviews
    #4 Best Places to Raise a Family in Wilmington Area

    Niche User: I have been in Wilmington, NC for just over a year now. I live near the water which has proved to be a wonderful perk. It has enabled me to discover new things such as kayaking (admittedly my dismount needs work!), the fact that the beach can be fun, wonderful birdsong early in the morning out on the porch with my coffee (a great way to start each day), wildlife I did not see much of at my last residence such as lizards and tree frogs, and sunsets that are truly awe inspiring

    Downtown has a lot going on. Cape Fear Community College, which I attend, has a campus there and the streets are always busy with students and patrons visiting the myriad of coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, galleries and shops of every kind. It sits on the Cape Fear River and many afternoons local artists and musicians can be found on the water walk sharing their talents in the hopes of earning a little extra cash. It's a nice stroll in the evening or on the weekend. People watching is quite entertaining. Really. There's a farmer's market on the weekends that provides a wide selection of fresh produce and baked goods, flowers, jellies, and honey, and proprietors who are always happy to share tips on growing and harvesting.

    Wilmington has several museums full of art and local history. There are lovely gardens and an arboretum, all open to the public. Each season offers a new and fascinating look at Mother Nature. These places are always buzzing with volunteers and it's a nice way to meet new people. The opportunities to get involved here are abundant. There's something for every interest anyone can have. Gardening, art, history, Veteran's Affairs, Habitat for Humanity are just a few of the things the local population embraces. Many people are eager to find a way to give back and help those who need a hand up. It has reinvigorated my faith in humanity.

    I made the right choice coming here. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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