A unique blend of beach town and college culture, homes here range from classic Southern-style homes, to beachfront condominiums, to charming cottages, and everything in between. Here, life is idyllic, featuring a blend of natural wonders and metropolitan areas. We're known for our lovely weather, which consists of hot, sultry summers and mild winters. As for campus life, we;re home to both University of North Carolina Wilmington and Cape Fear Community College, which add a youthful edge to Wilmington’s atmosphere. The film industry runs strong in Wilmington—the list of famous movies and television shows shot on location here is endless! Screen Gems film studio is located just past the airport, which helps bring attention and prestige to our city.
Wilmington is synonymous with the beach. People travel from across the country to visit Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach because of their gorgeous weather and awesome waves. It’s not uncommon in any part of town to see surfboards strapped to the tops of cars, or sand on the sidewalks. All types of people readily embrace the beach lifestyle. All the beaches are easily drivable and public. Nature lovers will also appreciate the Carolina Beach State Park nature preserve, and Greenfield Lake in Midtown Wilmington, both of which house rare natural wildlife and opportunities for hiking, fishing, boating, and more.
Because of our proximity to the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, Wilmington has no shortage of fresh, locally caught seafood. We specialize in fresh fish, shrimp, oysters, mussels, and scallops, and our chefs know how to serve it up right. We also haven’t forgotten our distinctly Southern roots, which is apparent whether you are in a seaside cafe or an elegant bistro. In addition to our restaurant and nightlife scene, we also host several local celebrations, including the Cucalorus Film Festival, the Azalea Festival, and Carolina Beach’s Independence Day Bash. Whether you feel like catching a local theatre production at Thalian Hall, attending a professional event at the Wilmington Convention Center, cheering on UNCW’S Seahawks at Trask Coliseum, or perusing the upscale shops at Mayfaire, Wilmington has you covered.
Wilmington attracts young professionals, families, students, and folks looking for their perfect summer home. It’s an excellent place to raise children, and has a variety of public and private school options. Our economy is diverse, and lead industries include healthcare, engineering, academics, film production, and pharmaceuticals. We are proud to call Wilmington home.