Drink in the Sights in Wilmington and Island Beaches

Explore the sights, sounds, sips and flavors from the river to the sea.

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Catch a Wave of Color in Carolina Beach

Get on board with outdoor adventures, hiking and biking trails, alfresco eats and seasonal fun.

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Unwind in Kure Beach

Relax surrounded by unmatched scenic beauty and outdoor bliss.

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Enjoy the Ride in Wrightsville Beach

Elevate your coastal escape with outdoor adventures, stylish stays, open-air fare and more.

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Visit Wilmington, NC

Discover Adventure & Renewal

From Wilmington’s vibrant riverfront and scenic Riverwalk that winds around the storied Cape Fear River to three colorful island beaches, there’s something about the water here that surrounds, transforms, and enthralls visitors. One destination with four unique settings creates a bounty of vibrant vacation experiences. Come explore North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination flowing with energy and creativity.

A variety of architectural styles and moss-draped live oaks line the city’s National Register Historic District, spanning more than 230 blocks. From horse-drawn carriage rides on the old brick-lined streets to the rhythm of live music along the riverfront, Wilmington embraces influences from the past and present. As history moves forward with each exciting new addition, the city mingles Victorian and historic architecture with modern design and new attractions like a performing arts center, waterfront park and amphitheater, an event pier near the Port City Marina, hotels and restaurants.

Voted as America’s Best Riverfront, Wilmington’s scenic Riverwalk offers easy access to boutiques, cafes, and vibrant nightlife. See the city on a scenic cruise, guided walking tour, via a Segway excursion, or by horse-drawn carriage or trolley ride. Enjoy fresh local seafood and regional specialties at locally-owned restaurants in downtown Wilmington’s walkable river district and see a Broadway show after dinner. Board the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, where distinguished services and sacrifices of World War II sailors live on, or visit our family-friendly museums.

Just minutes and up to 18 miles away, soak up the sun at Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Discover family-friendly attractions and programs, from a vintage seaside boardwalk to surf lessons at one of the world’s nationally recognized surf destinations to under-the-sea animals at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. With so many one-of-a-kind festivals and events and options for outdoor play both on and off the water, each beach offers signature things to do.

Stray off course with new experiences in a destination that’s flowing with culture and style. Whatever you choose, no two getaways here are alike. Check out our seasonal highlights, and book your vacation with a variety of lodging options from waterfront hotels to vacation rentals and historic B&Bs.

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One destination, four unique experiences

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