Amp up your coastal getaway with action-packed events, activities for all ages, live tunes and more in Wilmington and island beaches. Take your yoga practice to historic heights with Battleship Yoga offered select days through May. Elevate your SUP skills with a clinic and then cheer on competitors during the Carolina Cup in Wrightsville Beach April 26-30. Celebrate the arts in vibrant Carolina Beach May 5-6 at the Island Arts Festival filled with fine arts, creative demonstrations, kids interactive art area and more. Enjoy live jazz on the grounds of Bellamy Mansion when their summer concert series kicks off May 11 or bring the whole family to Kure Beach’s summer concert series Boogie in the Park, which starts May 21.
Elevated Excursions
Try something new with under-the-radar and over-the-top experiences! Go behind the scenes at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher or step into One Tree Hill’s TRIC Nightclub for an exclusive tour. Charter a private yacht for a day of island hopping or an enchanted romantic sunset cruise. Enjoy a culinary experience on a private island with Epic Excursions and True Blue Butcher & Barrel or indulge in a beach chic picnic with custom charcuterie boards and set up wherever you choose from Seaside Charcuterie.
Culinary Diversions
The culinary scene in Wilmington and our island beaches is every foodies’ dream. Find award-winning chefs and restaurants from river to sea. Savor farm- and sea-to-table dining at hotspots like Seabird, EAST Oceanfront Dining, Catch, PinPoint Restaurant and more. Nosh on a delicious burger featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives.” Enjoy authentic Thai food while sitting in a Thai Hut on the patio at Indochine or take in stunning water views at one of our island beaches’ local favorites.
Embrace the season with outdoor activities from river to sea
Take time to reconnect with nature in one of our coastal destination’s scenic natural spaces. Set out on a guided kayak tour to an uninhabited island and hunt for shark teeth with Wilmington Outdoor Adventures’ newest offering. Or, relax and take in spectacular sunset views aboard Cape Fear River Tour’s sunset cruise. Stroll through Airlie Gardens to marvel at seasonal blooms and wander through the garden’s Butterfly House, which reopens for the season May 27. Or, find your Zen with a special Earth Day Yoga class April 22 on the Oak Lawn. See the native Venus Flytrap at Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden and visit June 3 for their Flytrap Frolic featuring garden hikes, arts and crafts and more.
Spring into Outdoor Activities

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