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Things to do in Wilmington

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Food
“This is the new kid on the block. Opening just a few months ago, RT 66 Old School Brewing brought some new flavor to Wilmington. Stop in and try a local brew!”
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Home Goods Store
“Ole downtown street with lots of antique stores. Check ahead to be sure they are oen. On Route 66. Eat at Hayden's Crossing.”
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Meal Takeaway
“Great old fashioned custard, with a variety of old fashioned candies and baked goods.”
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Restaurant
“The Launching Pad is a local tourist attraction and home of the Gemini Giant. Stop in to enjoy a hot dog or one of the regionally made sodas and get a picture with the Giant.”
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Restaurant
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“Nelly's has a wide range of options to satisfy every taste. Check out the decor featuring some of our local sports heroes, ask for the stories behind the names of their sandwiches, and enjoy a burger, chicken, or pulled pork.”
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Point of Interest
“The Launching Pad Drive-In Welcome Center and Gift Shop is home to the famous Gemini Giant, a fiberglass ìMuffler Manî sporting a space helmet and rocket ship. It is a remnant of our fascination with space travel in the 1960s. Come on by and visit the Welcome Center and gift shop and get your picture made with the Gemini Giant! The restaurant is currently under restoration and will be open in late 2018!”
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Bar
“The Wine Cafe is a nice little place to hang out and explore some wines, participate in a trivia or paint night, or listen to a local musician.”
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Restaurant
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“This is a cozy little sit down restaurant with a bar. The food is good and the service is friendly.”
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Locality
“Historic Water Street Shopping District ~ Wilmington, IL. Conveniently located off Route 66, downtown Wilmington is home to an assortment of shops offering antiques, collectibles and other unique items, including the Old Theatre Antique Mall, Hayden’s Crossing, Paraphernalia Antiques and the Treasure Cove.”
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Top restaurants

Meal Takeaway
“Great old fashioned custard, with a variety of old fashioned candies and baked goods.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“The Launching Pad is a local tourist attraction and home of the Gemini Giant. Stop in to enjoy a hot dog or one of the regionally made sodas and get a picture with the Giant.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“Nelly's has a wide range of options to satisfy every taste. Check out the decor featuring some of our local sports heroes, ask for the stories behind the names of their sandwiches, and enjoy a burger, chicken, or pulled pork.”
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“This is a cozy little sit down restaurant with a bar. The food is good and the service is friendly.”
  • 1 local recommends

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