About the Area
Explore North Carolina's Most Accessible Coastal Destination
Boasting a historic downtown riverfront and three beautiful island beaches, Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach offer a destination of endless vacation experiences.
Wilmington features nearly two miles of scenic Riverwalk along the historic Cape Fear River. Lose yourself in a vibrant array of locally owned shops and restaurants as well as colorful attractions - including a thriving arts and cultural scene, riverboat cruises, and a World War II battleship. Stroll along the 230+ block National Register Historic District, brimming with Victorian-era homes and gardens. The brick paved streets of downtown take you back in time as you ride along in a horse-drawn carriage.
Just 15 minutes east, Wrightsville Beach offers a totally different experience - five miles of pristine beaches and marshland, perfect for mild-to-wild adventures. South of Wilmington is Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, known as Pleasure Island. Playful highlights in these two classic beach towns include the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, North Carolina Aquarium and Fort Fisher State Historic Site.
Whether you wish to indulge in the cosmopolitan scene, or retreat to our natural wonders spanning 31 miles of shoreline, Wilmington, NC and our beach towns offer a variety of vacation experiences from the river to the sea.