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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.

Trade those winter blues for water views. Explore many year-round attractions including the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, area museums and art galleries, and enjoy seasonal events like the NC Jazz Festival and Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival.

Warm up your winter by heading to our three island beaches for hot events happening all season long.  Head to Kure Beach and run a 5K that ends in a dip in the ocean at the Polar Plunge or groove to the hottest beach music bands at the East Coast Shag Classic at Wrightsville Beach. 

Book your getaway now with these great special deals and check out our Winter Highlights of top things to see and do this season from the river to the sea.

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.

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Wilmington Wine and Chocolate Festival
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UNCW Intercultural Week & Festival: 22nd Annual
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