There’s a little bit of everything to see in downtown Wilmington, NC as you stroll the Riverwalk!
Beautiful Hilton rooms and suites overlook the Cape Fear River. You’ll also find upscale steakhouse Ruth’s Chris situated on the Riverwalk inside the Hilton.
With its own Riverwalk section and docks, the Best Western Coastline Inn is popular with guests seeking a beautiful view and a convenient downtown Wilmington location.
This historic building right next to the Best Western Coastline Inn hosts weddings, events, conferences, and parties for 100-1,000 people in a successful, contemporary setting.
The bright modern Wilmington Convention Center overlooks the Wilmington Riverwalk. Banquets, shows, conventions and meetings take place in the flexible space, with concessions available.
Jewelry, art, clothing, and collectibles abound at quaint and unique shops along the Riverwalk in Wilmington, NC.
There are seagulls, of course, but keep an eye out for water birds of all kinds: Egrets, herons, terns, and even osprey have been known to go fishing in downtown Wilmington.
Grand yachts, modest Carolina skiffs, and occasionally, replica tall ships all dock along the Riverwalk, so there’s always a new boat to see and admire.
The new North Waterfront Park is between the city marina and the Isabel Holmes Bridge. Now in development, the park is the future home of the popular Downtown Sundown concerts.
Friday evenings in summer mean Downtown Sundown concerts! You can’t miss them as you stroll past Princess Street on the Wilmington Riverwalk.
Wilmington’s iconic World War II battleship stands proud directly across the Cape Fear River from the Riverwalk.
Wilmington is home to the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, which rests at the foot of Princess Street. Tours are available when the ship is in port.
The Memorial Bridge is a Wilmington landmark. Open since 1969, the “Green Lady” carries more than 70,000 vehicles daily across the Cape Fear River.
The “little bridge” over the Northeast Cape Fear River is at the north end of downtown Wilmington, where the Riverwalk first begins.
Sunset over Eagle Island
One of the pleasures of dining or just resting on Wilmington’s Riverwalk is watching the sun set over peaceful Eagles Island.
Riverfront Park stretches from the tourist information booth and restrooms at the foot of Market Street to the memorial and marble benches near the Hilton, offering shade and rest to Riverwalk strollers.
At the foot of Dock Street, right on the Riverwalk, you’ll find the ticket booth for Cape Fear Riverboats. Get ready for your sightseeing tour, charter cruise, or murder mystery tour here! And try the refreshments at the River Grill barge while you wait to board.
The Alton Lennon Federal Building and Courthouse, built in 1919, stretches an entire block along Wilmington’s Riverwalk. The steps and fountain are popular gathering spots in pleasant weather.
Area farmers, crafters, and artists sell their wares each Saturday morning at the foot of Princess Street.
Shops, galleries, and dining at the south end of Wilmington’s historic district are located in the historic Chandler’s Wharf at the foot of Ann Street.
A variety of shops fill this historic building overlooking the Wilmington Riverwalk. Here you’ll find food, wine, art, and lots of places to browse.
Costumed drivers and rescued horses give sightseeing tours from the foot of Market Street. Choose carriage rides or the horse-drawn trolley.
If your feet get a little tired, hop aboard the Wilmington Trolley and ride to your downtown destination or just on a tour of historic downtown Wilmington.