99 Days of Summer Fun from the River to the Sea

Selected as a Trip Advisor travelers' choice Top Destination on the Rise, Wilmington is the perfect destination for both city-lovers and beach-combers. With 99 days full of summer experiences from riverfront to oceanfront and everywhere in between, no two vacations here are alike.

Squeeze every last moment out of your summer vacation with our 99 Days of Summer roundup of things to do! All season long, we’re highlighting exciting events and experiences in Wilmington and our Island Beaches. Maximize your trip with our list of must-do coastal vacation staples and off-the-beaten-path hidden gems.

Set sail this summer on a scenic sunset cruise along the Cape Fear River and our award-winning riverfront, discover our 230-block National Register of Historic Places district on a guided tour in a horse-drawn carriage or trolley, or lace up your walking shoes and stray off course on a self-guided tour. When the sun begins to set, foodie and craft-beverage vacationers love our outdoor downtown restaurants with river views, craft beer breweries which earned us "Best Beer Town" bragging rights and celebrated farm-to-table and sea-to-table restaurants.

From seasonal Broadway shows and outdoor concerts, to art exhibits and film screenings, exciting events are happening all summer long. Water lovers will want to check out our family-friendly waterpark, hop on a guided fishing charter, cast a line off the oldest fishing pier on the Atlantic Coast or dive a Civil War-era shipwreck. 

If you're looking for a beach vacation like no other, there is no shortage of signature fun on our Island Beaches. Whether you prefer the small town, natural beach allure of Kure Beach, strolling the famous Carolina Beach Boardwalk or seek an active vacation at a water sports haven like Wrightsville Beach, there is truly something for every lifestyle.

Your summer vacation fun starts here. Choose from one of our many full-service hotels, B&Bs, cozy beach cottages or vacation rental properties located from the river to the sea. We will see you at the coast!