Fast Facts

  • New Hanover County, a.k.a. Wilmington, NC’s River District & Island Beaches, encompasses the City of Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, as well as a number of unincorporated communities, including Figure 8 Island.
  • Wilmington is situated along NC's southeastern coast, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway to its east and the Cape Fear River to its west, making for beautiful ocean sunrises and river sunsets.
  • Three island beaches (Carolina, Kure, Wrightsville) are just minutes away from Wilmington.
  • More than 50 diverse attractions from the river to sea include the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, Fort Fisher State Historic Site & Civil War Museum, the Cameron Art Museum, mansions, parks, gardens.
  • More than 15 marinas
  • Nearly 8,000 guest rooms and suites
  • 400+ dining establishments
  • More than a dozen bed & breakfast inns
  • Over 50 area championship golf courses / year-round play 
  • More than 150 annual festivals and events
  • 230 block National Register Historic District 
  • Over 30 charter boats and fishing guides
  • Headquarters for the NC State Ports Authority 
  • Wilmington, NC is a U.S. Coast Guard City
  • Wilmington is one of the most haunted cities in the South, with nightly ghost walks and weekend haunted pub crawls.
  • Referred to as "Hollywood East," the region boasts nearly 400 film/TV credits and its own movie studio. Appeared as the fictitious town of "Capeside" on the popular TV series Dawson's Creek, which was filmed at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington and at various locations. Other productions include: DC Universe's new streaming series Swamp Thing, TV series One Tree Hill, Stephen King's Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, Good Behavior, Matlock and the feature films Iron Man 3, Safe Haven, The Choice, We're the Millers, A Walk to Remember, Tammy, and many more. 
  • The rare Venus flytrap only grows naturally within a 60-mile to 100-mile radius of Wilmington. Places to see the Venus flytrap and other carnivorous plants growing in the wild include Carolina Beach State Park and the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden, the only public carnivorous plant garden in the world.
  • Among the most historically significant African-American regions in the United States.
  • Committed to preservation efforts; architecture includes Antebellum, Italianate, Georgian, Gothic, etc.
  • Home to the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) & Wilmington International Airport (ILM).
  • It is believed that early explorers named the Cape Fear River for its foreboding waters and rough currents where the river meets the sea.
  • Present or former home to many celebrities such as actress Linda Lavin, musician Charlie Daniels, Red Sox sensation Trot Nixon, athlete Sonny Jurgenson, football player Roman Gabriel and basketball legend Michael Jordan, as well as the late journalist Charles Kuralt and journalist/commentator David Brinkley, artist Minnie Evans, baseball player Willie Stargill, actor Pat Hingle, Sammy Davis, Sr., and others.
  • Sports teams include UNCW Seahawks, Wilmington Sharks Baseball and the Cape Fear Community College Sea Devils.

For more background information, contact Connie Nelson 1-866-266-9690, ext. 120