Wilmington is a popular destination because of its moderate, four-season climate, historic preservation district and annual events such as the Azalea Festival and Wilmington Riverfest. Wilmington also has numerous championship golf courses in and around the city. Screen Gem Studios where TV shows and movies such as Dawson's Creek, One Tree Hill and Iron Man 3 were filmed, calls Wilmington home.
Wilmington, the county seat of New Hanover County, was incorporated in about 1739 and was originally situated on seven hills located on the east side of the Cape Fear River. It was named in honor of Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was a patron of North Carolina's Governor at the time. To this day, visitors are reminded of its rich history by the grand old homes and tree-lined boulevards making Wilmington one of the most beautiful small cities in the south.
Wilmington area residents have enthusiastically generated and supported artistic endeavors throughout the city’s history. They embrace theater arts in all its forms, from amateur shows held throughout the area, to musicals and dramas that originally earned Broadway awards, to thriving comedy clubs that attract performers who have appeared on Comedy Central. Theater support in Wilmington has existed so long, in fact, that Wilmington is home to the oldest community theater in North Carolina.
The mile-long Riverwalk area runs along the Cape Fear River in historic downtown Wilmington. Sitting across the river is the World War II era battleship USS North Carolina, which is now a memorial and museum. Other popular attractions include Airlie Gardens, historic mansions and nearby Wrightsville, Carolina and Kure Beaches, which offer a wide range of water sports. For beachcombers and sunbathers, the soft sand and warm breezes make for a relaxing day at the beach.
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As North Carolina’s most accessible coastal destination, the Wilmington area’s location, natural beauty, culture and history charm visitors and residents alike, making it the ideal place to get away.