Wilmington is easily one of the best “beach towns” on the Southeast coast. With summer in full swing we wanted to give you a curated roundup of things to do this summer.





1| Visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. 


2| Take a walk-through Wilmington’s beautiful gardens: The Arboretum and Airlie Gardens. 


3| Catch a fishing charter at the Carolina Beach Marina.


4| Take a day-trip to Historic Downtown Wilmington. Walk the Riverwalk or tour the Battleship North Carolina. 


5| Have a beach day at Wrightsville Beach, don’t forget to leave a letter in the Wrightsville Beach Mailbox at the north end of the beach. 




6| Dine in one of Indochine’s outdoor private cabanas. 


7| Check out the famous pork chops from Freddie’s Restaurant in Kure Beach. 


8| Take a picnic on Wrightsville Beach accompanied with Roberts Grocery’s famous chicken salad. 


9| A few other Wilmington favorites include: Ceviche’s, Copper Penny, Fork ‘n Cork, Something FISHy, Cast Iron Kitchen or Sweet and Savory.


10| Don’t forget desert: Wake n’ Bake, Britt’s, Peppered Cupcake, Celtic Creamery.




11| July 4this a summer staple. Enjoy the downtown Wilmington 4th of July, with live entertainment and fireworks. 




12| Try an Acai Bowl at JuSea in Carolina Beach 


13| Stop by the Veggie Wagon in Carolina Beach for fresh food and local goodies.


14| Visit Fort Fisher during low tide to see the unique coquina rocks and sea life.




15| Go “off-roading” on one of our four-wheel drive beaches: South End Kure Beach or Freeman Park. Note: vehicle permit is required.


16| Take a kayak from Fort Fisher to Zeke’s Island. 


17| Learn to surf with Olympian and World Champion surfer Tony Silvagni at the Tony Silvagni Surf School in Carolina Beach.