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North Carolina itinerary: Wilmington and Island Beaches


Wilmington, North Carolina, is a “Top Destination on the Rise,” according to TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travelers’ Choice awards. Wilmington ushers in a new era of vitality with its renewed riverfront in a walkable river district and an award-winning riverwalk.

“A not-to-be-missed Southern destination, Wilmington’s picturesque waterfront seamlessly blends historic charm and genuine hospitality with modern hotels, restaurants, rooftop bars and entertainment venues,” said John Sneed, vice president of sales & services with the Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Each beach has its own coastal vibe with sightseeing and nature cruises, a state aquarium, Civil War battlefield, fishing charters and a historic boardwalk. To experience the best the South has to offer, bring your group to Wilmington and its beaches.”

Michael’s Seafood Restaurant

Michael’s Seafood Restaurant in Carolina Beach, North CarolinaPhoto: Wilmington and Beaches CVB

Michael’s Seafood Restaurant, Carolina Beach, N.C.


With award-winning chowder and fresh seafood, groups will enjoy Michael’s Seafood Restaurant, located between the oceanfront Carolina Beach Boardwalk and Carolina Beach State Park (where rare Venus flytraps grow wild). Fort Fisher attractions — a Civil War historic site and the North Carolina Aquarium —are nearby in Kure Beach.

Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington

Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington in Wilmington, North CarolinaPhoto: Wilmington and Beaches CVB

Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington, Wilmington, N.C.


Experience detailed history with a fun and spooky twist on a tour offered by the Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington. In addition to the Ghost Walk, groups may choose the Hollywood Location Walk, Haunted Pub Crawl, Unusual History of Old Wilmington or Pirates of the Cape Fear tours — or a combination tour among the five.


Battleship NORTH CAROLINA in Wilmington, North CarolinaPhoto: Wilmington and Beaches CVB

Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, Wilmington, N.C.


Moored in quiet dignity along the Cape Fear River and across from Wilmington’s award-winning Riverwalk, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is a World War II memorial. Tours of the ship’s nine decks interpret the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during WWII. Advance reservations are encouraged.

Blockade Runner Beach Resort

Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach, North CarolinaPhoto: Wilmington and Beaches CVB

Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.


The Blockade Runner Beach Resort is Wrightsville Beach’s classic boutique resort with oceanfront and sound-side rooms. Group adventures include sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and cruise excursions. East Oceanfront Dining features a fresh breakfast buffet and menu using locally sourced ingredients.

Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau


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