Find endless ways at the beach and beyond to escape the summer heat. Slide into water fun on the dual lane speed slides, lazy river or wave pool at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park. Sign the kids up for the Blockade Runner Beach Resort’s Sandcampers half-day camps featuring kayaking, touch tank experiences, island hopper excursions and fishing. Hear pirate stories and search for stolen treasure aboard Island Cruises’ new family-friendly Pirate Cruise each Friday in Carolina Beach. Explore indoors and bring the little ones to Toddler Time at the Children’s Museum of Wilmington each Friday or discover the small wonders of the world with games, hands-on activities and stories each Saturday at the Cape Fear Museum of History & Science. Register your tweens for summer camp at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher where they come face-to-fin with sharks, sea turtles and more.
Guide to Good Eats
Foodies, your Wilmington culinary adventure is all mapped out! This summer, eat your way through our coastal destination with a local’s guide to Wilmington’s dining scene. Featuring must-try restaurants like the award-winning Seabird and hidden gems like Cousin’s Deli, this itinerary will leave your mouth watering and ready to savor local flavors from fresh-to-table eats to authentic international bites.
Fun for the Fourth
Celebrate Independence Day on the coast. Enjoy family-friendly activities, live entertainment and fireworks on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk July 1. Hear the North Carolina Symphony perform your favorite star-spangled tunes at The Wilson Center July 2. Marvel at a spectacular fireworks show on the Wilmington riverfront July 4. Add in baseball games, a patriotic road race and live music to make your 4th of July celebrations epic.
Make a splash on the water this summer from river to sea! Learn how to hang ten with a surf lesson from an Olympic gold medalist in Carolina Beach. Cast a line off a historic fishing pier in Kure Beach or charter a deep sea fishing excursion from area outfitters. Hop aboard a private sunset sail with Soundside Adventures at Wrightsville Beach. Learn about local flora and fauna on an eco-tour cruise to Eagle island with Wilmington Water Tours. Rent a kayak and look for local wildlife at Greenfield Lake. Whether standup paddleboarding or diving underwater to explore historic shipwrecks, find a bounty of aquatic adventures in Wilmington and our island beaches.
Dive into Adventure

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