Wilmington, NC and Beaches

From Our Home to Yours

Whether you are spending time at home or your travel plans are on hold, take a break from work, TV, home schooling and more to check out the scenic beauty of Wilmington and our island beaches. Immerse yourself in the best of our virtual experiences and transport yourself from home to our charming coastal destination.

Virtual Views

Take in panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Fear River, Riverwalk and boardwalks, historic homes, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and more.

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Web Cams

Wake up early to watch the sunrise over the ocean.

Zoom Backgrounds

Please find two Zoom background photos for Wilmington and Beaches including our beautiful riverfront and oceanfront for background options.

Zoom Riverfront virtual background     Zoom Beach Background image

Steps to add Zoom backgrounds:

  1. Click on and save images to your computer
  2. Once in a Zoom meeting, click the “^” arrow next to “Stop Video”
  3. Under “Select a Camera,” click “Choose Virtual Background”
  4. Click the “+” sign and select your Virtual Background image from your files
  5. Make sure “Mirror my video” is unchecked
  6. Voila! You have been virtually transported to Wilmington, N.C. and Island Beaches

Throwback Virtual Videos

Enjoy memories or make some new ones by viewing some of our favorite videos filmed before social distancing and stay-at-home orders were put into place.

Yoga on the Beach

Nestled in the historic Fort Fisher area of Kure Beach are quiet swaths of sand where relaxation and meditation are easy to find. Take a break for yoga amongst the gentle waves.

Board Meeting

Professional surfer Tony Silvagni gives a whole new meaning to board meetings in this video that puts you right on the water as a SUP participant.

Joy Rides

Get right on the water – fishing, exploring and just relaxing in the channels and waterways of Wrightsville Beach.

Channel Surfing

Known as one of the premiere watersports destinations on the East Coast, paddle along on this tour of the many waterways in Wrightsville Beach.


Take a guided kayak tour to a wildlife reserve, hike Carolina Beach State Park and experience diverse eco-systems from trail to river to beach.

Kure Beach Aerial Tour

Discover beauty and open spaces as you fly like a bird over this small town gem, Kure Beach, NC.

Majestic Morning

Get a bird's eye view with this drone video of a beautiful morning on the island of Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Discover one of the premier architectural and historic treasures in NC as this video guides you through the historic mansion.

Explore the largest undisturbed barrier island along southern NC's coast. This GoPro style video captures all the fun, nature trails and adventure awaiting you and your best friend.

Island Hopping

This drone video of Wrightsville Beach, NC takes you from Shell Island to Masonboro Island and everywhere in between.

The Basin Trail

Take a round-trip stroll on the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area Basin Trail. Walk through a maritime forest, a sandy beach, a salt marsh and an overlook at the Cape Fear Boat Basin.

Get a bird's eye view with this drone video featuring some of the formal gardens, eclectic structures and fresh water lakes of Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, NC.

Cape Fear River

Explore the Cape Fear River from above as it flows from its basin at the Atlantic Ocean to the port city of Wilmington, NC.

Get a bird's eye view with this drone video featuring hiking and running trails, ponds and the marina at Carolina Beach State Park in Carolina Beach, NC.

Wilmington Riverfront Sunset

Watch the sun set on another beautiful day along the banks of the Cape Fear River in downtown Wilmington.

You can almost hear the big guns boom as this GoPro style video roams the decks of the World War II legend - permanently moored across the river from downtown Wilmington.

Attractions at Fort Fisher

Enjoy the view with this drone video featuring two of North Carolina's largest attractions found at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, NC.

Explore the rich history of the Lower Cape Fear region at the state's oldest history museum. The video showcases just a few of the many fascinating exhibits waiting for you.

Virtual Attractions & Tours

Bellamy Mansion Museum of History & Design
Guests can access a 30-minute virtual tour of the house museum guided by some of the museum's longtime volunteer docents. Educators and parents can download activity sheets for children. Online lectures and more resources will be added as they become available.

Burgwin-Wright House Museum
A superb example of Georgian architecture, the circa 1770 residence is graced by Colonial style gardens.

Cameron Art Museum
Structure in Space and Time - Photography by Phil Freelon - a virtual exhibition. One of the most celebrated architects of our time, Phil Freelon designed spaces that enhanced communities and championed diversity and inclusion. His work, which included museums and cultural institutions, told the story of the American people. Freelon was dedicated to bringing both beautiful and functional high-quality designs into everyday life for all people.

Stories in Print – Prints from the Permanent Collection - a second virtual exhibition This focused exhibition draws attention to the diverse methods of printmaking from CAM's collection from 1891 through 2012. Artists on view include Mary Cassatt, Don Furst, Maud Gatewood, Juan Logan, and Fred Wilson.

The Museum has published a virtual exhibition of works by North Carolina artist Elizabeth Bradford, A House of One Room: Elizabeth Bradford. Bradford's masterful paintings originate from an intimate observation and profound reverence for the natural environment. These selections offer an invitation to share Bradford's journey as she explores the wonder of the natural world.

Greenfield Lake Park & Gardens
Enjoy a virtual eco-tour of Greenfield Lake with Cape Fear River Watch's Educator Kay Lynn Hernandez.

TV Series Filmed in Wilmington
If you happen to be binge-watching iconic TV shows like Dawson's Creek and One Tree Hill, which were both filmed in Wilmington, be on the lookout for these famous locales and put them on your future bucket list to tour in person.
Dawson's Creek Locations Tour
One Tree Hill Walking Tour

Virtual Events

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Registration is now open for the 2021 Race for the Planet hosted by the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Seasoned racers, first-time runners and families can enjoy a flat, certified 5K course and scenic views of the ocean, maritime forest and Fort Fisher on Sunday, April 18 at 8 a.m. Participants will be split into waves of 50 racers to help with social distancing. Those opting for the virtual option can pick their distance and join in the fun on whatever course they want. Anyone, anywhere can register, download the app and complete their race April 16-25. Registration is online only.

Ongoing Events

Cameron Art Museum (CAM)
The following events are part of #ConnectwithCAM, an initiative to connect the community with the museum during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Join CAM for a Facebook Live Meditation session on Mondays at 11 a.m. Take a break and join the Museum for meditation, breathwork and writing from the comfort of your own home.

Art Explorers Thursdays is a program for young children (5 and under) and their caregivers to connect with CAM education staff on Facebook Live every Thursday morning for stories and art activities that make use of items families have at home. In addition, Connect with CAM will include artist demos, artist talks, and art activities for children on social media and on the museum website. Check out the latest project inspired by Michelangelo. Past projects, which are still listed on their site, include: Cubist Collage Painting, Jackson Pollock's action painting, and Symmetrical Painting.

The CAM has new virtual resources for educators and families, including free virtual resources for teaching, lesson plans and virtual events. The School Program Guide is available for download online; registration for the free virtual nights is also available online.

Cape Fear Museum of History & Science
The Museum hosts a Facebook Live session each Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. to read a story and share fun activities with a preschool audience. Each Friday morning at 10 a.m. the Museum hosts a Facebook Live session or shares a video for Little Explorers. 

The Museum has created several activities, ranging from space and astronomy projects to engineering challenges, which are fun and easy to do. Check out the Virtual Learning page on the Museum's website for ideas to try at home.

Opera House Theatre Company
Opera House Theatre Company presents Musical [Theatre] Mondays. Tune in for live virtual performances on Mondays at 7 p.m. Will pause during January 2021 and restart February.

Wilson Center Ghostlight Series
The Wilson Center Ghostlight Series features local and regional artists, with seven different artists performing each week. The series is available on the Wilson Center website and includes comedy, theatre and more.

Social Moments

Follow along with us as we show off photos and video of some your favorite area spots on social media. We hope you’ll be transported to these beloved coastal locales and even experience some new ones along the way.

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Virtually Yours,

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