are the two words that best describe Wilmington, North Carolina. Rich in history and folklore, the Cape Fear Coast is known for its natural beauty, Southern hospitality and nautical legacy that spans centuries.
Cotton was King and Wilmington was home to some of the largest cotton producers in the world. Today, the Cotton Exchange's restaurants and shopping boutiques fill the buildings.Nestled on the southeastern coast of North Carolina between the Atlantic ocean and the Cape Fear River, the region encompasses Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. There are many opportunities to experience the area's past at historic sites, including museums, churches, cemeteries, historic homes, battlefields and a 230 block National Register Historic District. View the sites from a horse-drawn carriage or take a guided tour with knowledgeable area guides.
You can also see the self-guided tour of the battleship USS North Carolina or take a cruise on the Henrietta III, North Carolina's largest riverboat. Historic downtown also offers three themed shopping complexes: Coast Line Convention Center, Cotton Exchange and the Chandler's Wharf.