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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 at locally-owned restaurants, innovative art and family-friendly museums, classic theatre, as well as shopping and vibrant nightlife.
Come celebrate the season coastal-style with more than 40 festive events from an old-style Christmas by the river to holiday flotillas on the sea. Whether you are coming to experience candlelight tours, festive 5k races, holiday markets and lights along the river to the Island of Lights Festival, let the water guide you to new adventures around every corner.
Book your holiday getaway to NC's most accessible coastal destination and find the best holiday event packages and special rates now starting from $55 per night. Find our top picks for things to see and do with these holiday highlights.
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.