The heart of Wilmington is concentrated in its lively, walkable river district, which showcases the city’s progressive culture and historic setting. Defined by its rich past and a bright future, Wilmington, NC, is a vibrant riverfront city with timeless character that has preserved its historic places, while fostering an ever-evolving independent spirit. From the charm of its moss-draped, brick-lined historic district to the evolving north-end of its river district, there are new things to discover around every corner. As history moves forward with each exciting new addition, the city mingles historic architecture with modern design and new attractions like an event pier near the Port City Marina, hotels and restaurants, and a waterfront park – all connected by the nearly two miles of scenic Riverwalk making it easy to move around. At the center of it all is the river that inspires new experiences and fresh ideas, as seen from the local storefronts and cafes, to the film industry, and local arts and music scene.
Lose yourself in a vibrant array of locally-owned shops and restaurants as well as colorful attractions - including a thriving arts and cultural scene, scenic cruises, and a World War II battleship. Stroll along the 230+ block National Register Historic District, brimming with Victorian-era homes and gardens. The brick-paved streets of downtown take you back in time as you ride along in a horse-drawn carriage.
Just minutes and ten miles east, Wrightsville Beach offers a totally different experience - five miles of pristine beach and marshland, perfect for mild-to-wild watersports adventures. South of Wilmington is Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, known as Pleasure Island. Playful highlights in these two classic beach towns include the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, North Carolina Aquarium and Fort Fisher State Historic Site.
Whether you wish to indulge in the cosmopolitan scene of the city, or retreat to our natural wonders spanning 31 miles of shoreline, let the welcoming nature and diversity of this coastal community and its offerings free you to be spontaneous… and stray off course.