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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 in USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, visitors can stroll Wilmington’s scenic Riverwalk, lined with boutiques, cafes, and vibrant nightlife.
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.
Spring blooms and beach fun kicks off the season. Attend festivals like the Wilmington Wine and Food Festival, watch some of the largest surfing competitions on the East Coast and more. It's the perfect time to enjoy the area’s family activities including visiting the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, or cruising the Cape Fear River aboard a river tour. Enjoy outdoor activities including trying your hand at a new watersport, reeling in a big catch aboard a fishing charter, or touring Airlie Gardens.
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.