From the River to the Sea

The historic port city of Wilmington has so much to offer! From the historic downtown, settled in the early 1700’s, to scenic beaches and waterways…Wilmington and the surrounding areas have something for everyone!

Downtown
There isn't anything quite like the downtown's waterfront charm. Shoppers will not be disappointed by the many unique local boutiques and shops lining the streets, including the historic Cotton Exchange. Speaking of history, take the chance to explore downtown Wilmington’s National Register Historic District, spanning over 230 blocks of churches, classic architecture, moss-draped live oaks, brick-lined streets and antebellum homes. Immerse yourself in the rich culture of the old South by touring historic Bellamy Mansion or the Burgwin-Wright House. Hop aboard a fun water taxi ride to the famous World War II Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, a monument 70 years standing dedicated to the proud American military.

Food
From its riverbanks to its beaches, Wilmington is renowned for some of the South's best restaurants and eateries. Dine on fresh local seafood and regional specialties at more than 40 locally owned restaurants and pubs in downtown Wilmington's historic river district alone, Feast on down-home classics such as fried shrimp or pulled pork. Dine outdoors and indulge in excellent seafood creations at a popular riverfront or oceanfront spot. Craft beer aficionados can quench their thirst at local breweries and area top hops spots. There's a little something for everyone, appetites big and small!

Arts & Culture
Did you know that Wilmington is often referred to as "Wilmywood"? From screen to stage, Wilmington is renowned for its dedication to the arts. Get your tickets to a show at historic Thalian Hall or the new Humanities & Fine Arts Center at Cape Fear Community College. If you're lucky, you might even bump into a film crew for popular television series such as "Sleepy Hollow" or "Under the Dome." More of a fine arts aficionado? Wilmington harbors a myriad of stunning galleries. See the unique exhibits on display at the Cameron Art Museum or even take one of their classes!