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From The River To The Sea
One destination. And four unique settings offer extraordinary experiences in the historic river district of Wilmington, N.C., and on three colorful island beaches - Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Proud of its rich history and beach vacation treasures, each is a place to spend time with family and friends in North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination. Known for its gracious Southern charm and often compared to historic cities such as Charleston and Savannah, Wilmington is a hot spot for year-round festivals and events, seafood-rich and coastal-inspired menus, family-friendly museums, classic theatre, as well as shopping and vibrant nightlife.
Spring is the time of year to make a break to this coastal community and experience all things in bloom! Visit Wilmington in April for the world-famous North Carolina Azalea Festival, selected as a Southeastern Tourism Society Top 20 Event. Enjoy the celebration of exceptional artwork, gardens, rich history and culture during its five days of entertainment that include that a parade, street fair, circus, concerts, pageantry, and all that is southern.
In April, experience competitions on the coast as paddleboard and surfing enthusiasts flock to Wrightsville Beach for the largest paddleboard race on the east coast, the Carolina Cup, and the inaugural Wrightsville Beach Waterman Ocean Festival featuring the Surfalorous film festival. Visit Carolina Beach for the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off, where you can vote for your favorite chowder as area chefs showcase their signature recipes.
Transform your spring from riverfront to oceanfront experiencing these Spring Highlights. Book your getaway to Wilmington and our island beaches now with rates as low as $59 per night!
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.