See Where the Water Takes You

As North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination, Wilmington has everything you love about a historic Southern city, plus three beautiful island beaches – Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. Voted as America’s Best Riverfront, visitors can stroll Wilmington’s scenic Riverwalk lined with boutiques, cafes, and vibrant nightlife.

Celebrate a coastal Christmas with historic holiday charm with these Holiday Highlights including A Christmas Stroll Through the Past at the Bellamy Mansion, Enchanted Airlie, and the Old Wilmington by Candlelight Tour

Carolina and Kure Beach sparkle with the 25th Anniversary of the Island of Lights Festival!  Ring in 2016 with a New Year’s Eve Cruise, a lighted beach ball drop at the Island of Lights and more.

Book your getaway now to spend the holidays with friends and family at the coast!

Start your explorations with the Cape Fear River as your guide on nearly two miles of wooden Riverwalk lined with shops and cafes from Chandler’s Wharf to the Cotton Exchange, to the soon-to-be-opened full-service marina along the northern riverfront. You’ll take an awed breath when you explore the moss-draped, brick-lined streets of the 230-block National Register Historic District, one of the largest in the U.S and featuring a variety of architectural styles.

See the city on a guided tour from haunted or historic walks to Hollywood talks and Segway excursions, or by horse-drawn carriage or trolley ride. Take in the breathtaking view of downtown from the water by riverboat, sailboat or catamaran cruise. From the click of horses’ hooves on the old brick streets to the rhythm of jazz and beach music festivals, Wilmington embraces a combination of influences from both the past and present.

Enrich your artistic spirit through film festivals and science exhibitions or surround yourself by a collection of more than 100,000 azaleas under the enchanting live oak branches at Airlie Gardens.  With the favorable mild climate, varied landscapes and spectacular architecture, it’s easy to see why Hollywood filmmakers have logged more than 400 film-related credits in the area, a testament to our independent spirit and quirky charm.

You’ll love our historic destination combined with a relaxed coastal lifestyle for the perfect getaway filled with unlimited vacation choices.

Just minutes away you’ll find three island beaches, each with their own festivals, fresh seafood, family-friendly attractions, watersports and welcoming social scenes. The area’s natural scenic beauty, culture and history all charm visitors making it the ideal place to get away. Go with the flow and the pulse of coastal life…and see where the water takes you.

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Bread & Lights Gingerbread & Lantern Festival at the CAM

Join the Cameron Art Museum in celebrating the holiday spirit with the Bread & Lights…

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Holiday Train Expo 2015

At the Holiday Train Expo 2015, visitors will be enchanted by spectacular displays of model…

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Enchanted Airlie

A Wilmington tradition started in 2005, Enchanted Airlie is a wonderful opportunity to…

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