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.

Enjoy the sights, tastes and sounds of fall on the coast.  Visit in October for eight days of culinary delights during Encore Restaurant Week.  See Grammy-Award winning artists at the Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival.  The Taste of Wrightsville Beach celebrates the island’s diverse fare with tasting booths.  Enjoy festivals, seafood, blues, Halloween haunts and more at the coast with these fall highlights and book your getaway now!

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.

Read more about the area.

Read More »


Wilmington Destination Video Wilmington Destination Video
Carolina Beach Destination Video Carolina Beach Destination Video
Kure Beach Destination Video Kure Beach Destination Video
Wrightsville Beach Destination Video Wrightsville Beach Destination Video
See All Videos »

Featured Events

Art in the Arboretum

Join fellow art and nature lovers for one of the leading events of the season. Art in the…

learn more
Aviation Day & 5K

Come celebrate the wonders of aircrafts with the Wilmington International Airport! Bring…

learn more
Residents Of Wilmington Back Door Kitchen Tour

Tour nine featured kitchens in Wilmington's famed Historic District! The self-guided…

learn more
All Upcoming Events »