Downtown is a dynamic, 24-hour destination that offers something for everyone. Shoppers delight in the eclectic mix of locally owned and operated shops. Foodies savor a variety of cuisines served up in trendy bistros and down-home pubs during lunch and dinner hours. Office workers enjoy the ability to attend to both personal and business matters during the workday within a short walk of their building. Visitors appreciate the ambiance of our nationally recognized historic district during the day and in the early evening hours. Patrons of the arts appreciate theatrical performances offered on weeknights and weekends. Young adults revel in socializing at the late night clubs that are open into the wee hours.
Wilmington is a port city in — and is the county seat of — New Hanover County in coastal southeastern North Carolina, United States. The population is 112,067; according to the 2010 Census it is the eighth most populous city in the state. Wilmington is the principal city of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area, a metropolitan area that includes New Hanover and Pender counties in southeastern North Carolina, which has a population of 263,429 as of the 2012 Census Estimate.
Wilmington was settled by European Americans along the Cape Fear River. Its historic downtown has a one-mile-long Riverwalk, originally developed as a tourist attraction, and in 2014 Wilmington's riverfront was named the "Best American Riverfront" by USA Today. It is minutes away from nearby beaches. The National Trust for Historic Preservation named Wilmington, North Carolina, as one of its 2008 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. City residents live between the river and the ocean, with four nearby beach communities: Fort Fisher, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, and Kure Beach, all within half-hour drives from downtown Wilmington.