Even if you’ve never been to Wilmington, there’s a good chance you’ll recognize its sights. That’s because this region of North Carolina’s southern coast has hosted 400+ TV and film productions. In the mood for action on the water? Try surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking and more on island beaches.

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Highlights

  • 3 Family-Friendly Island Beaches
  • “Hollywood East” TV & Movie Sights
  • Airlie Gardens
  • Wilmington Historic District
  • Surfing & Water Sports
  • Battleship North Carolina

Weather

Winter 58°
Spring 74°
Summer 88°
Fall 76°
  • Wilmington waterfront as often seen in ‘One Tree Hill’
  • Red jeep driving on sand alongside oceanFort Fisher State Recreation Area, where 4x4 beach driving is welcome, in Kure Beach
  • Waiter placing hree-tier seafood tower on table for dinersSeabird in Wilmington, where chef Dean Neff is a 2024 James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Chef
  • Wrightsville Beach, one of three island beaches in the Wilmington area
  • Fort Fisher Aquarium in Kure Beach
  • The Tiki Bar on the remnants of the Center Pier at Carolina Beach
  • Large Airlie Oak tree in distance with flowers in foreground on cloudy day at Airlie Gardens in WilmingtonThe 67-acre Airlie Gardens in Wilmington
  • Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach (photo: Wilmington & Beaches CVB)
  • Try surfing at Carolina, Kure or Wrightsville beaches
  • Aerial, straight-on shot of Battleship North Carolina in river with city in background.Battleship North Carolina on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington

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Interstate 40
Interstate 140
Wilmington International Airport (ILM)

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