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.

Cape Fear Craft Beer Week

Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance will hold its inaugural Cape Fear Craft Beer Week, March 24 - April 2, 2017. Signature events include the Ultimate Brewing Championship competition on March 24 and a Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine beer and food pairing event at Airlie Gardens on April 1.


North Carolina Azalea Festival

Southeast North Carolina’s largest and oldest festival celebrates 70 years April 5-9, 2017. The five days of Azalea Festival entertainment include a parade, a 5k/10k fun walk, street fair, garden tours, concerts and more. After a long hiatus, the festival’s popular Riverwalk Shag Contest (shag dance) returns to the Hilton Wilmington Riverside ballroom.

Wilmington Welcomes PGA TOUR Event 

The Wilmington region will welcome the Wells Fargo Championship May 1-7, 2017 at the exclusive Eagle Point Golf Club. Pro-Ams and practice rounds will take place Monday through Wednesday of tournament week. Official competition will be held Thursday through Sunday.

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 early 2017.


Hampton Inn Wilmington Downtown

The Hampton Inn Wilmington Downtown is anticipated to open in the first quarter of 2017. The new hotel will offer 92 rooms and is located within walking distance of the Wilmington Convention Center. Reservations are presently accepted for April 19, 2017 and beyond.

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.