The largest coastal city in North Carolina, Wilmington offers residents a comfortable compromise between small town charm and large city atmosphere. As cheerful and welcoming as its residents, Wilmington embraces its historic roots demonstrated by attractive and sophisticated historic buildings, cobblestone streets, and classic southern architecture leftover from the Civil War era of merchants and cotton.
Located along the banks of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington addresses the needs of families seeking a cosmopolitan atmosphere, without the congestion of a large city. The arts and entertainment are an integral part of the Wilmington experience. Boasting a thriving artist community, the Wilmington art scene offers theatre, festivals, comedy clubs, live music, galleries, museums, as well as a respected and burgeoning film industry.
Thalian Hall, one of the oldest operating theaters in the country has been a top North Carolina venue for plays, ballet, music, and film since 1858. The recent addition of Screen Gem Studios’ state-of-the-art sound studio, Wilmington has made a name for itself as a rich cultural destination.
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, is a welcome asset to the Wilmington community, especially for those individuals that enjoy having access to campus activities and academia, including theatre, music, sports, lectures, and courses of study. The synthesis of students, working professionals and retirees make Wilmington a dynamic and diverse environment.
The recent changes to historic downtown Wilmington have been amazing. The introduction of the popular River Walk boardwalk allows residents and visitors to stroll along the Cape Fear river front, enjoying the scenic view, abundant restaurants, amusements and shopping. Spend the day touring through the streets of downtown marveling at the historic homes, take-in a production at Thalian Hall, shop until your hearts content or enjoy one the many highly regarded waterfront restaurants.