About Wilmington

From the downtown river district and Riverwalk that skirts the storied Cape Fear River to the new and modern facilities that are remaking the riverfront’s skyline, Wilmington, NC is the gateway to a must-see southern destination. Rivaling Charleston and Savannah in its charm and history and voted America’s Best Riverfront, Wilmington serves as the portal to all this area has to offer.

You’ll love Wilmington’s riverfront and everything else in between, combined with a relaxed coastal lifestyle for the perfect getaway filled with unlimited vacation choices.

Historic District

The banks of the river embrace a variety of architectural styles and moss-draped live oaks that line the 230-block National Register Historic District, one of the largest in the U.S. The city’s river district pays tribute to the past and the future by seamlessly blending its charming historic district with the more modern architecture of the north end, along with new hotels, restaurants, a performing arts center and a marina.

Shopping & Nightlife

To begin your journey, step foot on a treasure hunt experience in boutiques, eclectic shops and vibrant nightlife venues. Your sensitive side will be fed by stirring theater productions and the sounds of live music heard while strolling along brick lined streets.

Downtown Cuisine

You're welcome to sit down at the water's edge, where your palate will be fed - and thirst, quenched - with fresh local seafood and regional specialties at over 40 locally owned restaurants and pubs in Wilmington's downtown river district, many featuring live music long after the sun goes down.

Historic Tours & Cruises

Let the water guide you across the river and aboard the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, where the distinguished services and sacrifices of sailors live on. See the city on guided tours from haunted or historic walks to Hollywood talks, Segway excursions, horse-drawn carriage or trolley rides. Take in the breathtaking view of downtown from the water by riverboat or catamaran cruises. 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.

Gardens, Arts & Culture

Enrich your artistic spirit through film festivals and museum 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.

Midtown

Moving from downtown Wilmington to midtown, discover a family fun park, golf and shopping villages. Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park features a waterpark with a million-gallon wave pool, speed slides, lazy river and more, along with dry activities including go karts, laser tag, mini bowling, a rock climbing wall and an arcade. Midtown also offers the Donald Ross-designed Wilmington Municipal Golf Course and exceptional shopping opportunities like Lumina Station, where visitors can enjoy locally-owned boutiques and cafes set amidst impeccable landscaping, whimsical sculptures and storybook bridges; and Mayfaire Town Center, featuring over 80 shops and restaurants and the best of cinema at Regal Mayfaire Stadium 16 and IMAX.