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Sports and
    Badminton (49 bytes)Baseball and Youth
              Leagues (49 bytes)Basketball (49 bytes)Bicycling (49 bytes)Bowling (49 bytes)Boxing
     Disc Golf

     Fitness Centers (49 bytes)Flying (49 bytes)Football (49 bytes)Horseback Riding (49 bytes)Hunting (49 bytes)In-line and Roller    
             Skating (49 bytes)Kite Flying (49 bytes)Lacrosse (49 bytes)Marksmanship and

Martial Arts (49 bytes)Racquetball (49 bytes)Rugby (49 bytes)Running and Walking (49 bytes)Skateboarding (49 bytes)Soccer (49 bytes)Softball
      Squash (49 bytes)Tennis (49 bytes)Triathlons (49 bytes)Ultimate (49 bytes)Volleyball (49 bytes)Wrestling
    Yoga, Pilates and
Tai Chi

Parks (49 bytes)New Hanover County
     Wrightsville Beach (49 bytes)Carolina Beach and
           Kure Beach (49 bytes)Brunswick County
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Sports, Fitness & Parks

Sports are very big on the southern coast. Whether you want to participate or just be a spectator, you'll find almost everything you want right here. In this chapter, we've included information about most of the area's sports and recreational activities. Look for Golf, Fishing and Watersports in separate chapters. A section on fitness centers and descriptions of area parks with their facilities follows the sports listings in this chapter. Related businesses and services are described along the way.

University athletics and professional team sports are popular, as are auto racing (especially NASCAR) and other motor sports. Because we mention only a few local teams in this chapter, you may want to explore what's available in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area and the cities of Charlotte and Fayetteville. The area's major phone books provide a surprising amount of useful information, such as how to obtain tickets, driving directions and stadium/arena seating plans.

Look in Wilmington's daily paper, the Star-News "Sports" and "Today" pages plus weekly "Currents" and "Neighbors" sections to find announcements about sports clubs and events throughout the region. Increasingly, groups and organizations are publishing information about their activities on the Internet, so check for a website if you're unable to find what you need in this section. New Hanover County has an excellent online listing of local participation sports activities, clubs and programs which will give you a good starting place Be sure to check the "Summer Camps" section in our Kidstuff chapter for summer sports camps.

Parents should note that registration fees for youth league sports are often discounted when registering more than one child in the same league. Frequently, seniors get discounts, too. Be sure to inquire.