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Exploring the city's National Register Historic District, which spans 230-plus blocks of churches, classic architecture, moss-draped live oaks, brick-lined streets and antebellum homes.  Hopping aboard a fun water taxi ride to the famous World War II Battleship NORTH CAROLINA.

Click the Read More or one of the icons below for a sampling of the many things to do in Wilmington and our island beaches. Or use the Search below to find a complete list of activities.

Stepping foot on a quest to find your treasure amidst an eclectic collection of boutiques, shops, cafes, coffee shops, restaurants, theatres and music venues.

Bringing your family to ride water slides at Jungle Rapids, see the exotic snakes at the Serpentarium or the albino alligator exhibit at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Celebrating top-quality movies at the Cucalorus Film Festival - or from Screen Gems Studios, which have both earned Wilmington the title "Hollywood East."

The Wilmington area is one of the most historically significant African-American regions in the United States. Although much important history left no visible landmark, many historical sites still exist. Download a free Guide to African-American Heritage and begin your exploration today.

Southeast NC played an important home-front role during World War II. Download a free WWII Heritage Guide Map with 47 WWII-related sites around Wilmington.

Awakening your senses at an art unveiling, swaying to music during an outdoor concert, or embarking on a garden tour during the world-famous NC Azalea Festival or other events.

Or hitting the beach for a fresh catch of excitement and relaxation - from sunbathing and lazy kayak excursions to hiking, exhilarating deep-sea fishing, surfing and water sports.

Surprises await you throughout this 270-year-old port city and its colorful island beaches, where Southern hospitality is timeless and the attractions make for an unforgettable vacation experience.

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Three colorful island beaches and a remarkable location make us a beach lover’s paradise. 

Explore the city’s National Register Historic District & visit the floating WWII memorial, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. Click for a list of history-related things to do or read more about the area’s historical attractions and tours.

Find favorite trip ideas for foodies, music lovers, 48 hour getaways and everything to do in between the river and sea, or get off-the-beaten path for the unexpected and quirky things to see and do.

Feed your sensitive side with stirring theatre productions, high quality museum exhibitions and the sounds of live music. Click for a list of arts and cultural events or read more about this ever-growing scene and performance venues.

From our historic riverfront city to our three island beaches, go hiking at our parks, paddle boating on our lakes, and find many ways to play outdoors. Click for list of outdoor things to do or read more about outdoor activities.

Family-friendly attractions and events span a historic river district to quaint seaside towns and everything in between. Click for family events or read more about kid-friendly things to do

Sit down at the water's edge or oceanfront, where your palate will be fed with fresh, local seafood and regional specialties. 

Upscale and specialty boutiques, vintage finds and unique coastal treasures abound in Wilmington, NC. 

Let the water guide you to annual festivals and signature events that make Wilmington and our beaches one of America's most creative destinations.

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