Prepare for a summer of coastal adventure from river to sea. Slide into family fun on the lazy river, down the speed slides and more at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park when its waterpark reopens daily June 9. Can’t wait until then? It’s open select weekends in May! Cruise down the river with Wilmington Water Tours during a special, family-friendly birding eco-tour June 7. Or, head to one of our island beaches for water fun like an all-ages surf camp, a kayaking adventure to a private island or a SUP yoga class. Find high-flying fun along the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach with amusement rides, arcade fun and weekly fireworks shows beginning May 26. In Kure Beach, boogie by the seaside during their weekly summer concert series, which kicks off May 21. Stroll through Wrightsville Beach's history along the scenic 2.5-mile Loop select weekends to find signs featuring vintage Wrightsville Beach photographs and historical trivia. Or, music lovers will want to catch the free summer concerts at Wrightsville Beach Park each Thursday starting June 15.
Do it for the 'Gram
Freshen up your social feed with Wilmington’s top Instagrammable spots. Snap a pic along the Riverwalk during golden hour for a mesmerizing glow. “One Tree Hill” fans can recreate iconic scenes to share on social at the Naley Bench and Sixth Street Bridge. Airlie Gardens offers 67 acres of Insta-worthy sites from the nearly 500-year-old live oak to the Minnie Evans Bottle Chapel and more. Find all the scenic spots and level up your camera roll.
Memorial Day Weekend
Say hello to summer with coastal activities this Memorial Day Weekend. Honor those who gave all in service to our country at area historic sites including Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, Fort Fisher State Historic Site and more. Find local festivals, events and more fun for the whole family like Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast in Carolina Beach May 26 or Orange Street ArtsFest May 27-28 in historic downtown Wilmington.
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Epic Tours & Scenic Cruises
Hop aboard a sunset river cruise with Cape Fear River Boats or Wilmington Water Tours. Go under the sea and into areas typically closed to the public during a Behind the Scenes tour at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Taste your way through island history with Tasting History Tours' Signature Tour in Carolina Beach. Or, check out their new Mural Tour starting June 14 to discover Carolina Beach’s vibrant public art. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy spotting unique coastal flora and fauna and keeping a keen eye out for marine life with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours’ eco-cruises. Step back in time on Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. Request a guided tour in advance to explore the ship from the hull to the control tower. Discover our destination’s coastal charm on a tour or cruise tailored to your interests.
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