Beaches, Concerts, Festivals and Fireworks Make a Splash This Summer

Wilmington and our island beaches offers the perfect coastal destination for your summer vacation with activities and events from riverfront to oceanfront and everywhere else in between. Whether it's the historic sightsscenic tours and cruises, endless family-friendly attractions and events, or the island life that draws you here, you'll find everything you need to keep your family and friends entertained, please the palate and beat the summer heat. Check out the Wilmington Boat Show September 9-11 featuring hundreds of boats, live entertainment and more to get you out on the water.

Trip ideas to keep cool include visiting Defy Gravity, a cutting-edge trampoline sports park featuring one of the largest Trampoline Dodgeball cages in America or embrace the heat at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park where all can splash in the water park, play in the arcade, race go-carts, play miniature golf and more. Summer still simmering with live music and a vibrant nightlife keep the pulse of coastal life beating long after the sun goes down. You'll find a variety of tunes ranging from reggae to rock at signature summer outdoor concert series around the area including the Downtown Sundown concert series every Friday night through September.

There's still time to book your summer getaway with special rates and last minute deals so come and see where the water takes you!

Make a splash at our three island beaches, CarolinaKure and Wrightsville Beach and take a surf lesson taught by certified instructors or cast a line off of area piers. Enjoy family-friendly "Beach, Soul & Rock n' Roll" concerts at Boogie in the Park in Kure Beach. If beautiful ocean views, fresh seafood and live music pique your interest, visit local tiki bars and island restaurants such as The Oceanic, Bluewater Waterfront Grill and Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar. School's out and camps and programs offered at Wrightsville Beach's full service hotels are in with activities including sand castle building contests, scavenger hunts and more.

Want to see what our visitors and locals are experiencing right now? Follow the love of Wilmington and our island beaches on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. If you're posting photos of your visit, be sure to share them with us and others using #WilmingtonNC!

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