Today is the first day of summer! It’s time to head out on some fun summertime getaways. Still looking for a place to go or things to do? Visit one of North Carolina’s most beautiful coastal towns—Wilmington. In this North Carolina Coastal Getaway spotlight, you will find our list of suggested attractions and activities for your vacation in this vibrant riverfront city.

With both village charm and a cosmopolitan lifestyle, the Wilmington Historic River District and nearby island beaches offer a variety of dining and shopping options for anyone to enjoy. Downtown, stop at a quaint café, take a garden stroll, tour local film sites or board Battleship North Carolina. Three island beaches offer even more dining, attractions, and sight-seeing opportunities. Cast a line off the Atlantic’s oldest fishing pier at Kure Beach, learn to sail at Wrightsville Beach, or explore one of Food & Wine magazine’s top 10 boardwalks at Carolina Beach.

Here’s our list of can’t-miss-activities for visiting the old port town of Wilmington:

Step back in time while taking a tour of one of the most decorated battleships of World War II.

Image from VistNC.

Prepare to be charmed when you explore the Wilmington historic district by open-air trolley, horse-drawn carriage, or Segway.

Image from VisitNC.

You can also take a scenic cruise aboard a sailboat or riverboat. There’s much to appreciate from the river to the sea.

Image from Wilmington Tourism Authority.

Check out the North Carolina Aquarium to catch a glimpse of a variety of sea life, with everything from stingrays to baby sea turtles and eels to sharks. This attraction was recently named a top 20 aquarium in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.

Image from North Carolina Aquarium website.

Take a tour of the site of the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War at Fort Fisher.

Image from NC Historic Sites.

Enjoy dinner over the water while you observe breathtaking views at the Oceanic restaurant in Wrightsville Beach.

Image from VisitNC.


I hope you enjoyed my list of fun things to see and do in the Wilmington area. Now get out there and explore! Then report back to us with where your travels have taken you. We can’t wait to hear all about your own adventures. Share them with us in the comment section below.

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