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, Wilmington's scenic Riverwalk invites visitors to stroll along its 1.8 miles lined with boutiques, cafes, and a 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. Taste and sip your way around town during Wilmington Beer Week and Encore Fall Restaurant Week. Our island beaches offer coastal celebrations including the Cape Fear Kite Festival.

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 guided tours from haunted or historic walks to Hollywood talks, Segway excursions, horse-drawn carriage or trolley rides. Take in the breathtaking view of downtown from the water by riverboat or catamaran cruises. 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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Encore Fall Restaurant Week

Eat. Drink. Indulge! Some of the area's finest restaurants will offer awe-inspiring,…

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Cape Fear Fair and Expo

Since 1964 this county fair has been bringing friends and family together to celebrate the…

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Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival

Explore the world of hops, grapes and grain at the Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival…

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