A coastal getaway filled with new experiences, exciting events and milder temperatures is on tap to start the new year! Enjoy live jazz tunes at the annual North Carolina Jazz Festival Feb. 2-4. Cast off the winter blues and enjoy outdoor adventures from river to sea including hiking one of Carolina Beach State Park’s nine trails or explore the nation’s first United States Colored Troops Park at Cameron Art Museum. Celebrate Wilmington’s booming culinary scene Feb. 20 – March 6 during Port City Taste Restaurant Week. Or, stay active and lace up your running shoes and race from scenic Wrightsville Beach to historic downtown for the Boston-qualifying Novant Health Wilmington NC Marathon Feb. 25.
Winter Island Excursions
Breathe in fresh, salty air and bask in the sunshine at our three island beaches: Carolina, Kure and Wrightsville. Explore Carolina Beach's colorful island art on a self-guided mural tour and check out Boards Across CB to see surfboards, skim boards and more designed by local artists on display at local businesses through Feb. 5. Hike Kure Beach's scenic Basin Trail and then enjoy pristine ocean views from the Kure Beach Fishing Pier, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2023. Cruise the crystal blue waters of Wrightsville Beach with Epic Excursions on their Oyster Farm Tour & Tasting Feb. 4 or March 18.
A Sweet Escape
No need to limit Valentine's Day celebrations to one day. Celebrate love with your partner all month long in Wilmington. Register for a private carriage ride through historic downtown and then savor Southern coastal cuisine and sunset views at The George on the Riverwalk. Catch a Broadway show at The Wilson Center and then sip classic cocktails at Earnest Money & Sons, a speakeasy owned and operated by the award-winning manna ave.123 team. Stroll hand-in-hand through Airlie Gardens' trails, wildlife and flowers and see filming locations for "Dawson's Creek" and "One Tree Hill."
New flavors to savor, tours to explore, places to stay and more!
With the dawn of a new year, Wilmington is ramping up to welcome a bounty of exciting new experiences for visitors. Explore old favorites in a new way with guided tours on Battleship NORTH CAROLINA or night-time tours at historic homes like Latimer House Museum. Stay active with a Bike & Brew Tour highlighting One Tree Hill filming locations. Raise a glass to hot new cocktail spots like the micro-distillery, Momentum Spirits and The Vibe Music and Cocktail Lounge, both located in the historic Cotton Exchange. The Underfront, which will will open in downtown Wilmington early February, will feature thoughtful craft cocktails with live music performances and a tiki bar during the summer. ARRIVE Wilmington, a boutique neighborhood hotel, is reopening after renovations Feb. 1, or stay on the water in a new houseboat community at Port City Marina!
Discover What's New
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 Feb. 6 to help bring the title of "Best Riverwalk" home to North Carolina. Vote now!

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