North Carolina's Cape Fear Coast includes the Historic City of Wilmington and the island communities of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, the exclusive Figure Eight Island and Wrightsville Beach Our fair area features beautiful beaches with very different personalities, but something for everyone! The nearby estuarine reserves provide a truly delightful experience for sun-seekers, beachcombers and nature lovers. We offer a real sportsman's paradise for anglers, mariners and all sorts of water sports enthusiasts.
Along the Cape Fear River you will find the picturesque Historic Wilmington Waterfront and its vibrantly blooming downtown area, complete with a plethora of interesting restaurants, live-music opportunities, shopping and great theatre. Wilmington has one of the state’s largest historic districts, numbering approximately 230 blocks. You can see the historic district's graceful old southern mansions and landmark buildings via horse-drawn carriage tour or on the trolley. You can take a riverboat cruise, or take a walking tour given by some of the Port City's most intriguing residents. Across the river on Eagles Island, the fierce Battleship NORTH CAROLINA, is moored, providing a World War II memorial. There are a number of interesting museums for children, fine art lovers, railroad and history buffs-- including North Carolina 's oldest history museums.
20 minutes up the road and through the town of Wilmington, you will find Pleasure Island which embodies coastal Americana. Divided into Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, you can find what appeals to you on the island. Its gazebo, Boardwalk, piers, marinas and amusement park add to its nostalgic appeal. To satisfy your side for celebration and fun, there are party cruises, deep sea fishing excursions, shopping and attractions galore. One of the neatest things about this island is the amount of maritime forest you will find. There is a state park where you can wind your way through nature trails in search of the rare indigenous Venus Flytrap. There is a fabulous Lake Park that has a walking trail, paddleboats, and family movies in the summer. Step back in time at the Fort Fisher Civil War battlefield and museum, and get up close and personal with the sea creatures at the NC Aquarium’s state-of-the-art ocean and Cape Fear River habitats.
North of Pleasure Island is Wrightsville Beach, where island life is distinguished by its unique village charm and elegant but relaxed lifestyle. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride, get some exercise walking the loop, or take a harbor cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway. Visit the island's history museum or spend the day shopping, or playing tennis at the park, or volleyball on the beach. From sea turtle-watches to exciting water sports, there's something for those seeking a quiet visit or for those who are just looking for fun.