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.

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

50+ diverse attractions from river to sea including 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 12 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 55 parks and gardens    

More than 100 annual festivals and events

230+ block National Register Historic District 

Over 60 charter boats and fishing guides

Headquarters for the NC State Ports Authority 

Wilmington, NC is a U.S. Coast Guard City

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: TV series One Tree Hill, 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.

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; the Wilmington Sea Dawgs (minor league basketball); and the Cape Fear Community College Sea Devils.