Prepare to fall in love with the charming historic downtown district of the coastal city of Wilmington, North Carolina. Horse-drawn carriages still click along the downtown river walk and riverboats cruise its 300-year-old harbor, but the past is only part of the coastal city's story. What was once a busy port teaming with markets, warehouses and the world's largest cotton exchange has become a lively spot for arts, shopping, family activities, fine dining and nightlife. University life continues to grow and a new convention center has helped spawn a revitalization of the Cape Fear River business district. The Port City has its fair share of annual festivals to draw visitors from across the globe — from the North Carolina Azalea Festival, to River Fest, to the Cucalorus Film Festival.