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.

Mild fall weather, fewer crowds, and a feast of fall festivals make for a perfect getaway with someone special or with a group of friends.  For the ultimate riverfront celebration, attend Riverfest with craft vendors, live music, fireworks and more. Our island beaches offer coastal celebrations including the Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival at Kure Beach and the Taste of Wrightsville Beach.

Check out all of the food, festivals and fun fall has to offer at the coast with these Fall Highlights and book your getaway now!

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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Art in the Arboretum

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

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Join in celebrating Wilmington's Annual Riverfest! This festival includes a street fair…
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American Craft Walk

Come walk the streets of Wilmington to view different types of artwork and mediums for FREE…

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