Discover Adventures from River to Sea
Adventure abounds in the city, at the beach and beyond this season. From outdoor activities on land and sea to live music and beautiful blooms on display at the North Carolina Azalea Festival April 6-10, Wilmington and island beaches is the perfect destination for your spring vacation. Enjoy concerts on the riverfront with national acts like H.E.R., Bon Iver, Widespread Panic and more at Live Oak Bank Pavilion. Hit the water with five days of nonstop SUP action and clinics during the Carolina Cup April 27-May 1 in Wrightsville Beach. Celebrate Kure Beach’s 75th anniversary with live music seaside, street festivals and more April 29-30. Experience Carolina Beach's good vibes and vibrant colors during their Street Arts Festival May 7.
NC Azalea Festival
Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the North Carolina Azalea Fest returns April 6-10 with an exciting lineup of live music, garden tours, street fairs, parades and more. See spring blooms in all their glory with the Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden Tour. Peruse more than 250 vendors while enjoying live music and performers at the DGX Street Fair or explore the days of old during the Historic Home Tours.
Spring is Island Time
With three island beaches just minutes away, Wilmington provides a vacation where no two getaways are alike. Escape to the beach for walks on scenic boardwalks, picnics at playgrounds and high-end adventures in crystal blue water. Venture out on sunset cruises or with surfing or paddleboard lessons from local outfitters. Wander through state parks and take in the natural beauty of protected shorelines.
Top Adventures for Kids of All Ages
From the beaches to the city, find a vacation filled with family-friendly fun. Splash down at our three nearby island beaches - Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville - or cruise along the lazy river in the water park at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park. Fuel up for adventure with buttermilk waffles or kids' quesadillas at Blue Surf Café. Head downtown and see the World's Longest Model Train, as certified by Guinness World Records, at the Wilmington Railroad Museum. Kids and parents alike will love the horse-drawn carriage tour through Historic Downtown Wilmington. Visit Airlie Gardens to explore beautiful blooms and wildlife including the seasonal open-air Butterfly House. Savor something sweet with a treat from GelaRto, who serves up more than 24 flavors of award-winning Italian gelato. Find fun for all ages with our curated guide to the top things to do with kids.
Guide to Family Fun

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