Wilmington, NC to Myrtle Beach, SC
Wilmington, NC, recently named North Carolina’s most popular city, is the queen of spring. In late
March and early April, a;er thawing from the few winter days that dip below 40, which inevitably sends locals
hunting for wool sweaters and pu;er jackets, the city
comes alive in both o;cial and uno;cial celebration.
Starting late March, spring-blooming Camellia Japonicas hang heavy and full, ;opping shades of pink, coral,
and red from their extended branches next to beach cottages and historic downtown homes. And, azaleas are
spring’s ;reworks, speckling nearly every landscape just
in time for the world-renowned Azalea Festival in April.
If you’ve never been one of 60,000+ Azalea Fest attendees, you’ll de;nitely want to venture to Wilmington to
discover it, and if you’ve been, then you’ll likely be back.
Green;eld Lake, Wilmington’s bite-sized ‘central
park,’ is home of the annual Azalea Festival ribbon
cutting, and is an electri;ed Monet painting in early
spring, ;lled with nearly every color in nature’s palette.
From March on, Wilmington-area beaches - Wrights-
ville, Carolina, and Kure - are covered with little ones
braving the water, brightly-colored beach chairs, and
a summer-like attendance on good days. Downtown
streets are full of energy with people buzzing in and out
of shops on sunny days, strolling along the riverfront,
or enjoying lunch on patios.
SUP (stand up paddleboard) enthusiasts and surf-
ers of all ages dot the coast and waterways year-round,
and bikers, runners, and outdoor lovers are always on
the scene. On the coast, though, there’s always time
for putting your feet up in the hammock, swing, or
Adirondack chair of your choice in between workouts
or for no reason at all.
No matter the time of year, you’ll ;nd plenty of
gorgeous days in North Carolina’s most popular city.
Whether you want to soak up the sun in retirement or
jump into an active lifestyle community, there’s a place
for everyone in and around Wilmington.
TRAVEL DESTINATIONS AND ROUTES
;reen;eld ;a;e ;ar;
Cruise around this 250-acre
cypress and oak-covered natural oasis, less than a couple of
miles from downtown Wilmington, by water, on foot, or by
bike. If you choose to hop in
one of the paddleboats parked
at the dock, be on the lookout
for turtles and an alligator or
Built in the late 19th century,
this grand Greek Rival and
Italianate-styled home a few
blocks from the center of downtown, is a hauntingly rich history
lesson and a Southern architectural wonder. Guided and self-guided tours are offered, and
public events are held there
regularly. “Jazz at the Mansion”
is a summertime favorite. Be
sure to bring a cooler and your
favorite beach chair!
Places to Visit