Downtown Wilmington waterfront

Why Wilmington

Rich history, fine dining, breweries, theater – Wilmington, North Carolina has it all. Not to mention, you’re only minutes from award-winning beaches, golf, and boating.

A CULTURAL DESTINATION

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In this part of the coastal Southeast, entertainment is plentiful. Cultural attractions such as the Cameron Art Museum, Thalian Hall, Bellamy Mansion and Gardens, and the Battleship USS North Carolina await you. Annual festivals bring even more fun to town, like the beloved Azalea Festival and Riverfest.

If enjoying delicious food is a favorite pastime, look no further than Wilmington, North Carolina. High-caliber dining spots attract celebrities like Guy Fieri of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” And for television and film lovers, you can spend multiple weekends visiting the locations for major productions like “Dawson’s Creek,” “One Tree Hill,” “Iron Man 3,” “We’re the Millers,” and more.

Get your fill of music, movies, and more: Take in new bands or listen to old favorites at the Brooklyn Arts Center, Greenfield Lake Amphitheater, Thalian Hall, and more venues. The Downtown Sundown Concert Series and the Airlie Gardens Concert Series occur annually. Wilmington also now boasts three movie theaters, so you won’t miss any new releases.

Sports fans can watch the Wilmington Sharks and Hammerheads play baseball and soccer, respectively, while all residents can partake in bowling, billiards, cornhole, and more at various establishments. Looking for kid-friendly fun? Ride go-karts and play laser tag at Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, or jump up and down and up again at one of Wilmington’s two trampoline parks.

Looking for continuing education? Look no further. With 17,000 students the University of North Carolina Wilmington, with about 15,000 students the Cape Fear Community College and several other colleges are local. Click Here to go to the resource page.

Concerned about Health Care? Several large hospitals and Physicians groups are in town. Click Here to go to resource page. 

Many of us in Town have come from Northern States and usually name a few other good reasons for living in Wilmington and Porters Neck Plantation. Can you guess? Ok, we will tell you. Low taxes, incredibly mild weather, extraordinary home values, low cost of living and “Southern Coastal Living at its Best”.

The Wilmington area is loaded with an extraordinary number of fun things to do from Bike and Natural trails, award-winning Golf courses, Outdoor and Indoor activities, performing arts and Museum exhibits. Far too many fun things to do for us to list so we would like to introduce you to the outstanding “Wilmington and Beaches” and “ Chamber of Commerce” websites for lots more information!

A PLAYGROUND DESTINATION

Local Beaches

A colorful sunset over the Intracoastal Waterway at Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach is one of several local beaches in the Wilmington area. Known for its cleanliness and accessibility, it’s the ideal spot for swimmers, surfers, and beachcombers alike. Rather just sit back in the sun? Relax in the sand and get your glow on! There are also plenty of food options within walking distance.

Ocean waves in North Carolina

Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach, a quick half-hour drive from Wilmington, is known for its boardwalk, which features souvenir shops and eateries, including the very popular Britts Donuts Shop. The area hosts events all year long, from concerts to an annual flotilla. Kids will especially love the Ferris wheel and other amusement park rides!

Topsail Beach

You won’t find any high-rises dotting the coast at Topsail Beach, where such development is prohibited. Those willing to make the trip – about 35 minutes from Wilmington – are treated to free parking. Dogs are also welcome year-round. Residents and visitors should make stops at North Topsail and Surf City, too, for the full experience.

Golf

The award winning Fazio Porters Neck Golf course offers impressive course challenges and extraordinary facilities which include driving range, practice areas, pro-shop, members lounge, grill, locker rooms and southern hospitality at every turn. However, if you are searching for more there are over 27 Award winning Golf courses in the area. A golfer’s paradise.

PNCC Golf Club in Bloom

Marinas and Boating

Wilmington Marina downtown by convention center

There are over 18 Marinas in the local area as you would expect with Wilmington being on the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River. If you are interested in Power or Sail boating there are many Marinas, new and used boat brokers and service support to find everything you need to be in Boater heaven. Boat size does not matter since there is a Marina for all and we now have small cruise liners making Wilmington a destination. If you want to leave the Boat ownership to someone else, there are a large number of Charter companies for deep-sea or local fishing which operate almost all year round. Did we tell you about our incredible mild weather all year round?