WATER, HISTORY AND NATURAL BEAUTY ABOUND

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.

Hot trip ideas for a cool summer include hopping aboard one of the area’s many scenic cruises or splashing in the water park at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park. Tour the historic sites by carriage or trolley topped off by hearing the sounds of signature summer concerts. Watch fireworks as you listen to live music at the Boardwalk Blast series in Carolina Beach, enjoy family-friendly attractions like the North Carolina Aquarium in Kure Beach, or ride the waves at a surf camp in Wrightsville Beach.

Check out our Summer Highlights and book your vacation with a variety of lodging options from waterfront hotels and historic B&Bs to quaint beach houses!

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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