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Wilmington is a vibrant riverfront city and was named one of “America’s Coolest Southern Towns” by Jettsetter.com. A pedestrian-friendly Riverwalk connects many of the city’s shops, cafes, and nightlife with waterfront hotels, parks and the Port City Marina. Here, historically, architecture and charm mixes with modern design, arts, and music. Just minutes away, three colorful island beaches – Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach - offer additional options for festivals, dining, kid-friendly attractions and watersports.

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WILMINGTON’S AWARD-WINNING RIVER DISTRICT

Wilmington’s #1 Best American Riverfront (USATODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice) keeps getting better. Renovation and expansion along Wilmington’s 1.75-mile Riverwalk include the riverfront Embassy Suites (late 2017) and two upscale restaurants next to Port City Marina’s event pier. More than 200 shops, restaurants, attractions and cruises are within walking distance. Explore via horse- drawn carriage, Segway tours, river cruise, walking and trolley tours. Theme tours include ghost walks, culinary, literary, history, craft beer and movie locations. 

ISLAND BEACHES ARE JUST MINUTES AWAY!

Just minutes from Wilmington’s award-winning river district are the island beaches of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach, each with its own coastal vibe. With the ocean to the east, the Intracoastal Waterway and Cape Fear River to the west and marshes in-between, our beaches invite surfing, boating, swimming, kayaking, fishing and standup paddling. Two state parks offer nature trails and recreation. For beach story ideas, click on these links: Carolina BeachKure Beach and Wrightsville Beach.

BOOMING CRAFT BEER SCENE

Wilmington is among craftbeer.com’s roundup of “America’s Beeriest Beach Towns.” In recent years Wilmington’s craft beer scene has boomed, going from one craft brewer to 10 breweries (with more on the way), as well as bottle shops from the river to the sea. Visitors can board the Port City Brew Bus for guided tours.

FOODIE DESTINATION

A dining Renaissance is underway with outstanding restaurants and chefs. Southern Living named PinPoint Restaurant among the Best New Restaurants in 2016. Scoutology.com recommends manna and Rx as “Top 21 NC New American Restaurants.” Savor award-winning crabcakes by former BRAVO “Top Chef” contestant Chef Keith Rhodes at Catch Modern Seafood. The list of standouts is extensive. Visitors can take a guided culinary tour or visit during a signature food event.

HOLLYWOOD EAST

Wilmington’s nearly 400 film/TV credits include Ironman 3, A Walk to Remember, The Choice, We’re the Millers, “One Tree Hill,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Sleepy Hollow,” and TNT’s “Good Behavior.” Starring Cape Fear! is Cape Fear Museum’s new exhibit (through Sept. 2017) that interprets Wilmington’s filmmaking history. Learn more by taking a guided TV/movie location tour or request our Hollywood East online film trail.

GET OUTDOORS & KEEP ACTIVE

Triathlete magazine ranked Wilmington as the #11 “Best Places to Live.” Beaches, mild winters, a 1.75-mile Riverwalk, a cross-city bike trail, golf courses, dozens of parks and outdoor outfitters encourage a year-round fitness culture. Sports events include 5k/10k races, marathons and triathlons, fishing and golf tournaments, standup paddle (SUP), beach volleyball, tennis, cycling and more.

TEE PARTY: WILMINGTON WELCOMED 2017 WELLS FARGO CHAMPIONSHIP

Wilmington rolled out the “green” carpet May 1-7 for the 2017 Wells Fargo Championship, a PGA TOUR event held at the exclusive Tom Fazio-designed Eagle Point Golf Club (Golf Digest Top 100). Golfers can tee-up year-round thanks to a mild, subtropical climate. In addition to private courses, there are five public courses in Wilmington and more than 50 courses within an hour’s drive.

COASTAL PARADISE

Scenic vistas abound. East-facing beaches offer spectacular sunrises and the Cape Fear River affords breathtaking sunsets. Botanical gardens, state parks, national estuarine research reserves, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and two NC Scenic Urban Byways enhance this coastal paradise. 

STEP BACK IN TIME

Wilmington’s attractions and tours interpret nearly three centuries of history, including the Cape Fear Museum of History, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and Fort Fisher State Historic Civil War Site. Guided tours explore Wilmington’s 230+ block National Register Historic District.

ART & CULTURE AT THE COAST

In addition to beaches, Wilmington is known for museums, art galleries and performing arts. Cameron Art Museum is the pinnacle of visual arts in southeastern North Carolina. Year-round festivals, craft fairs and more than 35 galleries feature local art. A vibrant performing arts scene encompasses music, dance, theatre and film festivals at venues such as historic Thalian Hall and the new 1,500-seat Wilson Center, outdoor stages, renovated buildings and college auditoriums.

COOL & QUIRKY

Wilmington and its island Beaches offer well-known attractions such as the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, Fort Fisher Civil War Battlefield, Airlie Gardens, historic homes and museums. In contrast, there’s a quirky side. Did you know about our nearly 400 movie/TV credits, ghost and Hollywood location walks, haunted pub crawls, surf/SUP camps, pirate cruises and serpentarium? There are also places to see carnivorous plants, endangered sea turtles, sharks, alligators, prehistoric creatures and more. Even our region’s history is intriguing. The Cape Fear River was named by early explorers as ships ran aground and sank due to dangerous shifting shoals where the river meets the sea.

MEMORABLE FAMILY GETAWAY

Clean, family-friendly beaches and a historic riverfront welcome all generations. Pre-schoolers love the children’s museum, state aquarium and railroad museum. Older kids delight in our WWII battleship, history museum, serpentarium, and water park. Hard-to- impress teens/‘tweens enjoy surf camps, tours of movie locations and haunted sites, river cruises, Segway tours, laser tag, paintball and trampoline venues.