Summer Bucket List

Trip Ideas in Wilmington and Island Beaches

Squeeze every last moment out of your coastal vacation with our bucket list of things to do this summer in Wilmington and our Island Beaches. We’ve highlighted a summer full of places to go, must-try experiences, things to see, dishes to eat and hidden gems you won't want to miss. Discover tried and true classics or experience new things to do.

 

Tried & True Classics 

Wilmington 

 

Wrightsville Beach 

 

Carolina Beach 

 

Kure Beach 

 

New Favorites

Wilmington 


Stay up-to-date on all things new in Wilmington on the What's New page.


Carolina Beach 

  • Snap a photo in front of vibrant murals installed by Carolina Beach Mural Project including “Marine Magic," “This Must Be The Place,” “Indigenous Fly Feaster” and “Summer on the Boardwalk” with more to come
  • Try new food options like Butts-N-Such, offering home-cooked meals in a family-friendly atmosphere
  • Stop in for a tasty dessert like flavored cobblers, cinnamon rolls or banana pudding at The Peach Cobbler Factory
  • Discover Carolina Beach's first distillery, Four Hounds Distilling

Discover what's new and what's coming to Carolina Beach here.


Kure Beach 

  • Visit a new exhibit showcasing South Atlantic White Shrimp at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
  • Enjoy breakfast, brunch and lunch favorites at the island's newest restaurant, Ocean View Restaurant, located across from the Kure Beach Fishing Pier 
  • Learn about the island's history while sampling local beers, distilled spirits and wine with Tasting History Tours' newest tour, History in a Glass

Find more new and upcoming exhibits, attractions, restaurants and more in Kure Beach here.


Wrightsville Beach 


Stay in the loop on all things new in Wrightsville Beach here.


 

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