Thrill your senses with a vacation to Wilmington and our three island beaches. Discover scenic beauty from the vibrant butterfly wings in Airlie Gardens’ Butterfly House, opening June 1, to the coastal blue hues of the water from river to sea. Savor locally sourced seafood at local restaurants like Seabird and Catch or indulge in island flavors with a side of history on a Tasting History Tour in Carolina and Kure Beach. Hear live music of all genres like jazz concerts on the grounds of Bellamy Mansion Museum of History & Design, which kick off May 12. Dive into world-class water activities in Wrightsville Beach, known as one of the best SUP hubs in the U.S. Find adventure for all ages at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park or venture through Carolina Beach State Park in search of the native Venus flytraps.
Oceanic Pier Music
Coastal Concerts
Jam out by the water in Wilmington and island beaches. Hear national acts like Dierks Bentley June 3, The Black Crowes June 18 and more at Live Oak Bank Pavilion in Riverfront Park. Dance to local bands on The Pier at Port City Marina for Friday Night Live! Enjoy tunes while you dine at Bluewater Waterfront Grill or Oceanic in Wrightsville Beach or SeaWitch Café and Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar in Carolina Beach. Boogie by the seaside in Kure Beach for their summer concert series. 
Summer Kick Off
Jump start your summer fun with a coastal getaway this Memorial Day Weekend. Honor those who gave all in service to our country with visits to area historic sites, including the celebrated Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, Fort Fisher State Historic Site and more. Discover festivals, events and activities the whole family will enjoy including Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast May 27 in Carolina Beach or the Orange Street ArtsFest May 28-29 in historic downtown Wilmington. 
Wilmington's Cargo District
Where historic charm and modern flair meet, Wilmington’s vibrant neighborhoods each feature their own unique character and vibes. Go on a guided tour through Wilmington’s Historic Downtown and River District on a horse-drawn carriage with Springbrook Farms. Savor gourmet grilled cheese at CheeseSmith or sample rum and gin at Wilmington’s first craft distillery, End of Days, in the Cargo District. Taste your way through noteworthy noshes in the South Front District. Embrace your artistic side with some craft brews when you check out the rotating art exhibitions at Flytrap Brewing in the Brooklyn Arts District.
A Guide to Wilmington's Districts

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