Satisfy Your Wanderlust in Wilmington and Island Beaches

Where historic charm meets island relaxation, discover new ways to escape from river to sea.

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Escape the Ordinary in Carolina Beach

Savor the sunshine on hiking and biking trails, eco adventures & greenway journeys.

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Dwell Peacefully by the Sea in Kure Beach

Whether nature, rich history or scenic beauty, find your muse.

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Embrace Beauty and Relaxation in Wrightsville Beach

Escape to sunlit sojerns, wellness activities and stylish stays all season long.

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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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