Experience a Change of Pace

Get your coastal fix this winter by visiting year-round attractions like the Battleship NORTH CAROLINANorth Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, and area museums and art galleries. Winter days are sunny enough to explore Wilmington by foot, Segway or even horse-drawn carriage on sightseeing tours and trails.

Indulge in a weekend full of tastings and marketplaces full of sips and sweets during the Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival February 2–4, which coincides with the sweet sounds of the North Carolina Jazz Festival February 1–3. See North Carolina through the eyes of photographer and Wilmington native Hugh Morton in the exhibit An Uncommon Retrospective.

Our island beaches get you right in the action with winter sporting events like the Cold Stroke Classic in Wrightsville Beach January 20, Special Olympics Polar Plunge in Kure Beach February 17, or the St. Patrick’s Lo-Tide Run in Carolina Beach March 17.

Or maybe you’re already planning a spring seaside adventure! Azaleas will bloom throughout the city during the North Carolina Azalea Festival, voted a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. Join us for a celebration of gardens and rich history with tours, concerts and more. Craft beer enthusiasts will want to experience NC Beer Month in April by hitting the Wilmington Ale Trail.

Meet the world-famous Weeki Wachee mermaids at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher March 1–4 and 8–11, or be a participant or spectator at sporting events like the Wrightsville Beach Marathon March 16-17 or the Carolina Cup April 18-22.

Enjoy an off-season pace and some sunshine at the coast. Book your getaway now with special rates and a visit to North Carolina’s hottest town this winter.