Friday, January 1, 2016

Top Reasons to Visit Wilmington North Carolina in 2016

Recently voted Best Riverfront in America, Wilmington, North Carolina is home to breathtaking beaches, captivating attractions and exciting annual events. Tour the USS North Carolina, enjoy live music and beautiful blooms at the North Carolina Azalea Festival and celebrate your favorite holiday in our remarkable coastal city.

Make your hotel reservations today with the Holiday Inn on Market Street so that you can experience all that Wilmington has to offer in 2016!

Top Reasons to Visit Wilmington in 2016:


Voted Best Riverfront in America
In 2014, readers of USA Today and 10Best voted Wilmington, North Carolina the Best American Riverfront! Travelers from around the world fell in love with the cafes, bars and shops that line the Riverwalk, Wilmington's spectacular annual events and our captivating attractions including the USS North Carolina.

Wrightsville Beach

Enjoy breathtaking scenery and a vibrant social scene at Wrightsville Beach! From sunrise to sunset, Wrightsville Beach will captivate visitors with its clear waters and wide beach. Soak in the sunshine, build a sand castle and try out your favorite water sports at this family friendly beach along the Carolina Coast! From surf competitions to fishing tournaments to beautiful harbor cruises, there are activities and events happening year round in Wrightsville Beach.

USS North Carolina
Watch history come alive before your eyes as you walk the decks of the USS North Carolina. Battleship exhibits feature oral histories, photographs and mementos that paint a picture of the daily life and fierce combat that crews faced during World War II. Plan ahead so that you can enjoy special annual events at the Battleship. Celebrate Easter, Memorial Day, Halloween, Christmas and more aboard the USS North Carolina!

Outdoor Sports and Competitions
The Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon, PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon and Wrightsville Beach SUP Surfing Pro-Am are just a few of the exciting annual competitions held in Wilmington, NC. From surfing contests to fishing tournaments, there are athletic events for people of all interests and skill levels. Compete for your chance to win a prize or cheer on your favorite athlete!

North Carolina Azalea Festival
Celebrate spring Southern style at the best party in the South! The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington's premier event and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Every April, thousands of visitors join the local Wilmington community for a full week of natural beauty, live entertainment and family fun events at the NC Azalea Festival. Kick off the festival with the traditional arrival of Queen Azalea and let the celebration continue all week long with concerts, arts shows, street fairs and a spectacular parade.

Tours
Tour Wilmington by foot, horse-drawn carriage, trolley, boat and more! From historic walking tours to haunted ghost tours to exciting boat tours, Wilmington has it all! Plan a romantic night on the town for you and your loved one with a horse-drawn carriage tour or mesmerizing sunset cruise. Zip around the city on a Segway tour and learn about Wilmington's haunted past on a ghost tour.

Historic Downtown
Museums, theatres, shops, restaurants, bars and more! Whether you are planning a romantic getaway for you and your significant other or a week long family vacation, historic downtown Wilmington features special events and unique attractions for people of all ages and interests.

Fort Fisher Aquarium
Touch a live shark, meet an albino alligator, talk to a scuba diver and come face to face with a sea turtle at the Fort Fisher Aquarium. Voted one of TripAdvisor's Top 25 U.S. Aquariums and one of Travel Channel's Best U.S. Aquariums, the Fort Fisher Aquarium is a must see Wilmington attraction!

Wilmington International Airport
Traveling to Wilmington has never been easier! There are now five nonstop flights to our beautiful coastal city. Delta and American Airlines have made it possible to fly directly to Wilmington, North Carolina from Atlanta, Charlotte, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Catch a flight today and book your stay at Wilmington's premier airport hotel. The Holiday Inn Wilmington located on Market Street offers a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport, free WiFi and free parking.

Holiday Celebrations
Celebrate your favorite holiday in Wilmington, North Carolina! July 4th fireworks, haunted Halloween attractions, Thanksgiving Day turkey trots, Christmas light displays and New Year's Celebrations are just a few of the exciting holiday events scheduled for 2016. Plan a romantic getaway with your significant other, a family friendly holiday adventure or a long weekend with your friends to experience the holidays in Wilmington, NC.

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