Let the adventures begin in Wilmington and our three island beaches!
While there are practically endless things to see and do here, we’ve compiled a Social Media Bucket List of 10 activities you must try (and document!) during your next visit. Check off these items by taking a photo as you complete each task. Share the photos on Instagram or post them on our Facebook page, using the hashtags #WILMBucketList and #SpreadtheWILM, and send us a private message on Facebook once you complete the list! Prizes will be awarded to everyone who enters at least five items, but if you complete all 10 you’ll qualify for a Grand Prize package with items such as tickets to local tours or museums, free activity rentals, restaurant gift certificates and more!
From river to sea, an extraordinary adventure awaits you…ready-set-go!
1. Take a photo of a sunrise at one of our island beaches
- Enjoy the views at Carolina Beach, Kure Beach or Wrightsville Beach.
2. Experience culture and history
- From theatre productions to museum exhibitions to live music, Wilmington has a vibrant arts and culture scene. Catch a performance at Thailan Hall Center for Performing Arts or at the new Humanities & Fine Arts Center at Cape Fear Community College, visit Cameron Art Museum or take in a dinner and a show at TheatreNOW. Share a photo of your program or ticket stub!
3. Explore breweries and bottle shops in Wilmington, N.C.
- Hopheads, stout sippers and IPA acolytes know North Carolina is a craft beer haven, and Wilmington is no exception. From breweries to bottle shops to homebrew supply stores and even a Port City Brew Bus Tour, there are plenty of options for a signature cold pint here. Share a photo of your choice of brew!
4. Tour the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA
- Discover how this heroic Ship and brave crew fought in every major naval offensive in the Pacific of WWII, earning 15 battle stars for their valiant efforts. This is an historic adventure you won’t want to miss – find a good spot, and take a selfie. The best view is from Wilmington’s award-winning riverfront!
5. Under the oak tree at Airlie Gardens
- The Historic Airlie Gardens is a fan-favorite landmark in Wilmington and encompasses 67 acres of gardens and lakes. Pick a spot under the 467 year-old Airlie Oak and share a photo of this iconic scene.
6. Pick a water activity of your choice and snap a photo
- Voted as America’s Best Riverfront, Wilmington’s Cape Fear River is the perfect place to enjoy a kayaking excursion. Or head to the beaches to try another water activity like standup paddleboarding (SUP), surfing and more.
7. Enjoy a scenic meal or drink
- What’s better than a delicious meal or a tasty drink? A delicious meal and a tasty drink with a view! Take your pick of breweries in downtown Wilmington or restaurants right on the Intracoastal Waterway or historic riverfront. In fact, Historic Wilmington was recently voted as the #1 Best Al Fresco Dining Neighborhood by USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. Don’t forget to snap a photo.
8. Explore the Riverwalk
- Lined with an assortment of shops and some of the best boutiques and art galleries around, the Riverwalk is home to restaurants with outdoor dining, riverboat cruises and guided tours. Pick your adventure, take a photo and share it with us. Hint: the Southern Hospitality sculpture of the giant Venus Flytrap, located at the foot of Market Street on the Riverwalk, is a great place for a selfie!
9. Become “one with nature”
- Get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings our destination offers. From state parks to walking paths to various waterways, there are plenty of ways to explore the scenery while staying active! Plant enthusiasts and explorers should also check out the indigenous Venus flytrap that grows only within a 75-100 mile radius of Wilmington. See the plant in its natural habitat at Carolina Beach State Park or the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden!
10. Explore our destination with a tour guide
- From Wilmington’s famous ghost and Hollywood location walks, to a horse-drawn carriage or motorized trolley or Segway tour of the National Register Historic District, there are plenty of options to explore our city with a guide. Share a photo of your favorite landmark or view on the tour of your choice!