Wilmington: Where the
River Meets the Sea
Wilmington residents enjoy a relaxed way of living and a good quality of life. This charming forming arts center, a regional medical center and Screen Gems Studios, one of the largest motion picture
port city is located in the southeastern corner of North and television studios outside of Hollywood. Here, many
Carolina, between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic famous movies and the popular TV shows One Tree
Ocean. Wilmington has become a popular destination Hill and Dawson’s Creek were filmed. The city supports
because of its moderate, four-season climate, historic a very active calendar with its showcase theater, the
preservation district, annual events such as the Azalea Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, which
Festival and Riverfest, and numerous championship hosts about 250 events annually. The complex has
been in continuous operation since it opened in 1858.
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington has a
state-of-the-art Cultural Arts Building which opened in
In 2008, The National Trust for Historic Preservation December 2006, and houses a music recital hall, art
named Wilmington one of its Dozen Distinctive gallery and two theaters for major events.
Destinations. Wilmington experienced staggering
growth in the 1990s, ranking at one time as the second- Things to See and Do
fastest growing city in the country, behind only Las
Wilmington offers a historic downtown with a one-
Vegas. Economists have forecast growth in the Greater mile long Riverwalk along the Cape Fear River as a main
Wilmington area to be the fastest in the state up to 2010, tourist attraction. Downtown hosts a variety of excellent
averaging 7 percent.
shops, outstanding restaurants, galleries and specialty
Wilmington is home to a regional visual and per- boutiques, as well as beautiful and historic mansions.