What’s New?

Looking for ideas on the latest things to see and do in Wilmington and our island beaches on your next visit? Find the most recent news, updates, openings and additions here! To see what is new in our island beaches, check out our Carolina BeachKure Beach and Wrightsville Beach What's New pages.


Space Place Center at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science

Space Place, a space-themed learning center inspired and modeled after the International Space Station, was designed and fabricated in-house with help from GE employees and features a robotic arm, real-time visuals, and information about the International Space Station's location and how astronauts sleep in space. Visitors are also able to engage in several rotating activities.

New Ways to Defy Gravity

Defy Gravity, a cutting edge trampoline sports park, recently added Euro walls, new Olympic trampolines and a swinging trapeze.


Formerly known as Wilmington History Tours, Wilmington.tours now offers personally guided tours by reservation in addition to its mobile app tours. New tours include the Pub Crawl Wilmington, where visitors will learn about Wilmington’s distinguished history with alcohol and the establishments that serve it.


Wilmington Welcomes PGA TOUR Event 

The Wilmington region welcomed the Wells Fargo Championship in May 2017 at the exclusive Eagle Point Golf Club. It was the first time Wilmington has hosted a PGA Tour Event since the Azalea Open was played on the Donald Ross-designed Cape Fear Country Club course for 23 consecutive years from 1949 to 1971.



Enjoy a colorful and unique dining experience at Savorez restaurant in downtown Wilmington. Latin American-inspired dishes are created with local ingredients and high-quality fare along with creative cocktails and desserts.

Riverfront Eateries

Two upscale Charlotte-based restaurants, Black Finn Ameripub (a lively bar/restaurant) and Vida Cantina (evolved Mexican cuisine; handcrafted cocktails), will open in Wilmington at the Port City Marina in 2017.


Hampton Inn Wilmington Downtown

The Hampton Inn Wilmington Downtown is now open. This new hotel offers 92 rooms and is located within walking distance of the scenic Riverwalk, shops, cafes and the Wilmington Convention Center.

The Top Shelf: A Literary Loft

A new literary-themed vacation rental is located on the second floor of a historic building in downtown Wilmington. The Top Shelf, “Wilmington’s hippest retreat for the literati set,” celebrates North Carolina authors in its décor and sleeps up to 5 adults or 4 adults and two children.