Leave the highways behind for the waterways in Wilmington and our island beaches. Tour Wilmington’s historic riverfront aboard Cape Fear Riverboats’ “Henrietta,” or kayak at Greenfield Park’s urban lake. Sip champagne aboard “Zoe,” Blockade Runner Surf to Sound Adventures’ newest sailboat, for a sunset cruise. Catch a wave with surfing lessons from Tony Silvagni Surf School or Odysea Surf School in Carolina Beach. Go on an Aquatic Safari underwater exploration with local outfitters to discover Megalodon shark teeth or historic shipwrecks including The Condor, North Carolina’s first heritage dive site in Kure Beach. Make a splash this spring with water fun all across our coastal destination.
Elevate Your Stay
Whether you’re looking for historic charm or spectacular waterfront views, find the perfect accommodations for your next vacation. Feel at home with an oceanfront vacation rental fit for the whole family including your four-legged members. Or, experience the days of yesteryear in a downtown Wilmington historic bed and breakfast or riverfront hotel steps from live concerts at Riverfront Park. Discover a roundup of some of the area’s best lodging options, as identified by a local, and make your reservations now for your spring and summer vacation!
Peak Alfresco Season
Savor the sunshine and vibrant views with alfresco dining. Take in spectacular riverfront views at aView Rooftop Bistro at Aloft, or from a private balcony at Floriana. Go oceanfront with the Oceanic in Wrightsville Beach or Hurricane Alley's in Carolina Beach. Embrace the sights and sounds of downtown on the patio at Front Street Brewery or Beer Barrio. Indulge in fine French fare surrounded by twinkle lights and sculptures on the patio at Brasserie du Soleil in Lumina Station. It’s easy to pair great food with great views when in Wilmington.
Find Trip Ideas Tailored to Your Interests
Whether you want to lie in the sand or explore the destination's rich history, you'll find plenty to fill your vacation itinerary. Dine in a Thai hut at Indochine or savor authentic Italian flavors at Tarantelli's Ristorante Italiano. Take a stand-up paddleboard lesson from Cape Fear Paddleboarding or go on a guided kayak tour with Paddle NC. Explore our 230-plus-block National Register Historic District with a Springbrook Farms carriage ride. No matter what piques your unique interests, Wilmington and island beaches offer experiences for all travelers.
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Riverwalk in USA Today's 10Best Finals
With nearly two miles of scenic walkway along the historic Cape Fear River, it's no wonder our Riverwalk was nominated as one of the best in the U.S. Vote daily through April 11 to help bring the title of "Best Riverwalk" home to North Carolina. Vote now!

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