Indulge Your Special Interests

Wilmington is a year-round destination boasting an explore-worthy Historic District, a vibrant arts and culture scene, farm and sea-to-table fare fit for a foodie and experiences that transcend beyond just coastal experiences. Sip craft cocktails on rooftop bars, in brewpubs or glamorous speakeasies. Catch a waterside concert and experience eclectic nightlife. Find wellness activities that embrace the active lifestyle found in our island beaches. Tour around town to discover unrivaled adventures around every corner.


Craft Cocktails, Ale Trails & Drinks with a View

Sip in the city life and immerse yourself in the local craft cocktail and beer scene that's as well known for its locales as its drinks. Try craft concoctions at rooftop bars, speakeasies and farm-to-table restaurants or hop on the Wilmington Ale Trail where craft brews await. Libations and good times abound in Wilmington and beaches. 

Cocktails & Ale Trails

Fit for a Foodie

Discover epicurean experiences with a renowned foodie scene that boasts locally sourced, upscale cuisine alongside laid back eateries with Diners, Drive-In and Dive-worthy dishes. From traditional southern fare to farm and sea-to-table cuisine, the area's food scene is bursting with one-of-a-kind eats within unrivaled locales.

Savor Local Flavor

Active Lifestyle and Wellness

Stay active on vacation with abundant health and wellness activities. Savor river and ocean breezes biking along scenic trails, find your seaside Zen with yoga by the shore or in an enchanted garden, hit the water on standup paddleboard or ride the waves with a surf lesson. 

Find Active and Wellness Vacation Ideas

Hidden Sanctuaries and Hidden Gems

From a premier garden in the South to carnivorous plants, one of the most historic theaters in the country and North Carolina's oldest rural cemetery, take the path less traveled and explore another side of town.

Discover Hidden Gems

Eco-Adventure, Parks and Gardens

Explore on a nature walk, see a new perspective of historic downtown on a scenic sunset cruise, visit area gardens blossoming with fauna and flora then relax at waterside parks. Experience nature around every corner.

Eco-Adventure and Gardens

Nightlife and Live Jams

From free Downtown Sundown concerts to a music scene brimming with local talent in eclectic indoor and waterfront venues, make the most of your night soaking in the sights and sounds when the sun goes down. 

Live the Nightlife

Water Experiences

Make the most of the abundant opportunities for water-based experiences from the river to the sea. Explore the Cape Fear River and area waterways on a scenic tour or toast to views on a riverboat sunset cruise. Venture to our island beaches for surfing or sailing lessons, guided stand up paddleboard tours and ways to reel in a catch.

Dive in to New Experiences

Tours and Cruises

Explore historic downtown on a horse-drawn carriage ride or cruise around on a guided Segway tour. Learn about surrounding waterways from expert guides and even get spooked on a haunted ghost walk. Take your vacation to the next level with immersive tours and cruises. 

All Aboard Tours and Cruises


Live like the locals do exploring area neighborhoods steeped in history and unique culture. Find one-of-a-kind antiques, dine at a celebrity chef owned restaurant then hop next door for live Bluegrass jams, visit a bar-meets-art gallery and take in historic architecture on neighborhood tours. 

Discover the River District and Downtown

Arts and Culture

From an internationally renowned film festival to weekly gallery crawls, Broadway plays and catching a movie in a historic theatre, Wilmington is brimming with an arts and culture scene that begs to be experienced.

Explore the Arts Scene

Themed Vacations and the Offbeat

Between finding musings in a mailbox on the beach to planning the perfect solo retreat, take the road less traveled to discover off-the-beaten path activities, hidden gems, events and themed vacation trip ideas.

Stray Off Course

Family Trip Ideas

Speed down a waterslide, go under-the-sea at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, hunt for treasure with a pirate on a deserted island, bounce around at trampoline parks, hop on board at the Railroad Museum, hang ten with a surf lesson and so much more.

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