Spring is in the Salt Air

Spring is here, which means sunny skies, live music, and beautiful blooms. Now is the perfect time to plan a trip to Wilmington and see why our coastal city was recently named one of Trip Advisor's 2018 Top Destinations on the Rise. Enjoy one of the best seasons along our river and shoreline.

The city will be full of blossoms and events during the North Carolina Azalea Festival April 11 to 15. Bask in our coastal community's arts and culture, tour historic homes, find your own rhythm at concerts, stroll through immaculate gardens, and celebrate spring and all that is Southern during this award-winning festival.

Spring is a beautiful time to tour Wilmington's Historic District in the comfortable charm of a horse-drawn carriage or aboard a narrated trolley. For a waterfront perspective, board a scenic cruise along the Cape Fear River.

Explore why Wilmington was named one of North Carolina's "Best Beer Towns" and why our area continues to gain notoriety as a craft beer hot spot. Make plans to attend hops-related events like Cape Fear Craft Beer Week March 23 to April 1, Beach, Bacon & Beer Festival April 14, or just sip suds at one of our dozens of locally owned breweries and bottleshops in the area. If you'd prefer to follow a beaten path, take a trip along the Wilmington Ale Trail to celebrate North Carolina Beer Month this April.

No two vacations here are alike, and there is plenty to do this spring on our island beaches. Be enchanted by DINOSAURS! as they rear their heads March 16 to September 30, or watch butterflies take flight in The Butterfly Bungalow April 21 to September 28, both at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

Find your inner naturalist with programs at Carolina Beach State Park like the Star Party on April 20. Gather 'round telescopes with astronomers and science educators by the marina and learn all about our night sky.

If you're seeking island adventure, participate in one of the many signature sporting events coming up at Wrightsville Beach. The Carolina Cup, named one of the world’s top five standup paddleboard races, is April 18 to 22, with races, clinics and hundreds of paddleboarders gathered on our beautiful shores.

Regardless of when you plan to visit, book your getaway now and choose from one of our many full-service hotels, cozy beach cottages or vacation rental properties located from the river to the sea.