From Wilmington’s vibrant riverfront and scenic Riverwalk that winds around the storied Cape Fear River to three colorful island beaches, there’s something about the water here that surrounds, transforms, and enthralls visitors.
A variety of architectural styles and moss-draped live oaks line the city’s National Register Historic District, spanning more than 230 blocks. From horse-drawn carriage rides on the old brick-lined streets to the rhythm of live music along the riverfront, Wilmington embraces influences from the past and present. As history moves forward with each exciting new addition, the city mingles Victorian and antebellum architecture with modern design and new attractions like an event pier near the Port City Marina, hotels and restaurants.
Voted as America’s Best Riverfront, Wilmington’s scenic Riverwalk offers easy access to boutiques, cafes, and vibrant nightlife. See the city on a scenic cruise, guided walking tour, via a Segway excursion, or by horse-drawn carriage or trolley ride. Enjoy fresh local seafood and regional specialties at locally owned restaurants in downtown Wilmington’s walkable river district and see a Broadway show after dinner. Board the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, where distinguished services and sacrifices of World War II sailors live on.
Just minutes and no more than 17 miles away, soak up the sun at Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, and Wrightsville Beach. Discover family-friendly attractions and programs, from a vintage seaside boardwalk to surf lessons at one of the world’s nationally recognized surf destinations to under-the- sea animals at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. With so many one-of-a-kind festivals and events and options for outdoor play both on and off the water, each beach offers signature things to do.