Themed events and bar crawls run rampant



The eclectic bar scene of Downtown Wilmington lends itself to many themed bar crawls and events throughout the year. From St. Patrick’s Day festivals, Halloween parties, bachelor/ette parties and Santa Con, you learn to enjoy and sometimes partake!

Businesses are always inventing new ways to experience downtown

Trolley Pub


The newest addition to Downtown’s bar scent is the Trolley Pub, that is a self propelled bar that allows guests to see the sites while enjoying a pint and burning some calories.

You can check out a new brewery every month

The last few years have brought in a huge influx of micro breweries to Downtown Wilmington. Whether you tour them all with the Trolley Pub, Event Shuttle Service, Port City Brew Bus, a walking tour, or visit them one by one at your leisure, you can be sure a Downtown Wilmington resident will investigate them all.

You never know what you’ll see arriving down the Cape Fear River

Every few years, we’ll see a new ship visiting our docks. In 2015, it was the El Galeon, a pirate shipped that drew thousands to the foot of the Cape Fear River.

The aroma from Kilwin’s can make you salivate from across the street

It’s truly hard not to walk by without gasping with delight at the buttery, sugary, sweetness filling the air. And even though your will power to avoid going in over time will increase, the scent of fresh, hot waffle cones never gets old.

Every visitor has to take a selfie in front of the Cape Fear River

Young couple taking selfie in the park

It’s easy to spot a visitor to the area. They are so appreciative of our surroundings and it’s impossible for them to leave without snapping a few pics in front of the Cape Fear River. We recommend they do it aboard one of our tour boats but there are many ideal backdrops along our award winning Cape Fear Riverwalk.

This building will always be “Karen’s Cafe” from the series One Tree Hill


One Tree Hill finished their 9th season of filming back in 2012, but the memories live on for locals and visitors alike. The iconic, Karen’s Cafe, is now home to Outdoor Equipped.

The Battleship North Carolina is spectacular from any vantage point


You really don’t have to live in Downtown Wilmington to know this. We never get tired of looking at her from across the Cape Fear River.

We forget there is a Beach across town

Wrightsville what? Why would we leave downtown?

Dining Al Fresco with Mans best friend is a welcomed endeavor

With Downtown Wilmington’s award winning Al Fresco dining scene, our furry companions are a welcome addition to any outdoor meal.


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