The focul city in coastal New Hanover County is Wilmington. Known for its close proximity to local beaches, vast history as a port, and thriving arts industry, Wilmington, North Carolina has everything you're looking for. Dozens of museums, cultural facilities, and walking tours are open year-round for the curious newcomer. The USS Carolina Battleship, Airlie Gardens, and nearby Fort Fisher area mong the can't-miss destination in this area.

The downtown district is the heart of the city. Stroll through the residential area and observe the beautiful, Victorian-influenced architecture and aged, moss-draped oak trees. Nearby, an ever-evolving commercial section offers specialty shops and business space, restaurants and bars. A stand-out feature of this section of the city is the meandering river walk, spanning roughly a mile from Walnut Street to Nunn Street. It was named "Best American Riverfront" in 2014 by USA Today.

Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach are mere minutes outside the city limits, so there's always a place to feel the sand beneath your feet. Each offers its own culture, with a unique set of locals and dedicated seasonal residents. Wrightsville Beach offers upscale boutiques and eateries, as well as a variety of water sports, welcoming surfers, students, families, and affluent retirees alike. Carolina Beach is a vacation destination year-round, thanks to a mild climate and assortment of resorts, family-friendly boardwalk, state park and fishing pier. Kure Beach is a peninsula formerly known as Federal Point, and is home to the Civil War museum, NC Aquarium, and historic Fort Fisher site.

Cities & Towns Include:

Wrightsville Beach
Carolina Beach
Kure Beach