Run to Summer Coastal Fun
from Boardwalks to the Riverwalk

Named North Carolina's Coastal Star by Coastal Living, Wilmington is the perfect destination for city and beach lovers alike. Make the most of your precious getaway hours this summer by including top picks of things to do like summer concerts, seaside amusement rides and fireworks, a family fun water park, historical museums and cruises, new and foodie favorites, sipping local suds along the Wilmington Ale Trail and so much more.

The best of summer is still yet to come in Wilmington and our island beaches. Kids and adults alike will have a blast splashing in Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park's water park and taking a swing at their miniature golf course. For a break from the sun, beat the heat with extreme indoor sports at Crossfire Indoor Paintball and Defy Gravity. Check out the new restaurants located on the Riverwalk offering breathtaking sunsets and views of the Cape Fear River and enjoy a vibrant nightlife long after the sun goes down. You'll find it all from riverfront to oceanfront whether you want to tour historic downtown, beat the heat with family-friendly attractions, or escape from it all to one of our island beaches.

Our island beaches offer so much more than just a relaxing day by the ocean. Attend the weekly Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and take a spin on the amusement rides while you're there, or Boogie in the Park at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park with an endless view of the Atlantic while you dance the night away. Walk The Loop in Wrightsville Beach over to the Farmers' Market for lunch while the kids enjoy playing on the newly-renovated playground and return for the Sounds of Summer concerts at Wrightsville Beach Park.

Book your family summer vacation now to Wilmington and our island beaches before the kids head back to school and see where the water takes you!