Wilmington, NC and Our Island Beaches
Heed the Call of the Water
From the historic downtown river district and Riverwalk that winds around the storied Cape Fear River to three colorful island beaches, Wilmington and our beach towns, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach, all charm visitors and residents alike with an independent spirit and energy that nourishes and recharges the soul. Surrounded by water, history, and natural beauty, it's the ideal place for a vacation or weekend getaway.
One destination and four unique settings . . . from the river to sea . . . create a boundless bounty of experiences.
The scenic Cape Fear River, drifting at its own pace just two hours from Raleigh, first introduces you to its breathtaking historic river district, where nearly two miles of Riverwalk will have you wishing for once that something was never-ending.
The banks of the river embrace antebellum architecture and moss-draped live oaks that line the 230-block National Register Historic District, which has been recognized as a "Dozen Distinctive Destination" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
And step foot on a treasure hunt experience in boutiques, eclectic shops and vibrant nightlife venues. Your sensitive side will be fed by stirring theatre productions and the sounds of live music heard while strolling along brick lined streets.
Or you're welcome to sit down at the water's edge, where your palate will be fed - and thirst, quenched - with fresh local seafood and regional specialties at over 50 locally owned restaurants and pubs in downtown Wilmington's historic river district.
Finally, let the water guide you across the river and aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, where the distinguished services and sacrifices of sailors live on - 70 years later.
Come flit and float ashore our colorful island beaches, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach - no more than 25 minutes apart. Each beach a place to splash and laugh together with family. Each beach proudly boasting its own personality and fresh catch of vacation treasures - from lazy kayak excursions to exhilarating deep-sea fishing - surfing and water sports to interactive adventures at renowned Civil War sites and one of the state's three aquariums. And anytime of year, you'll find there are plenty of one-of-a-kind festivals and events - both on the island beaches and off.
Wilmington, North Carolina is one destination - and four unique settings with unlimited vacation choices . . . where, if you listen closely and heed the call of the water, you will rediscover those little pieces of life in need of some TLC.
Navigate toward what's important to you.