North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington Is the Perfect Topsail Island Day Trip: Here's Why!

It's easy to fall so in love with Topsail Island, North Carolina and all it has to offer, that you don't have any desire to leave it during your beach vacation on the Treasure Coast. That's okay, it's totally understandable. As a beach lover myself, I get it. I really do. I rarely want to sacrifice any time in the sun, sand and surf for any other activitiesunless it's raining or something.

With that in mind, I am going to try and convince you that a day trip to Wilmington during your Topsail vacation is a really amazing opportunity any time of the year, but particularly during the North Carolina Azalea Festival. But why, you ask? Allow me to explain.

Azalea Festival in Wilmington NC

The Azalea Festival Blooms with Southern Charm

You're in the South for a reason, right? You most likely love the friendly faces, southern drawls, and down-home, laid-back atmosphere. The North Carolina Azalea Festival in Wilmington is pretty much the epitome of southern charm. If southern garden parties, tea time, pageants, galas and soirees are your thing, then you won't be disappointed.

Even if your interests don't lie in those areas, there are plenty of other activities that are sure to please. (I hear a lot of men sighing in collective relief here.) In fact, the NC Azalea Festival is the perfect marriage of the arts, history, culture, natural beauty and fun all wrapped up in one pretty package. It is a spring celebration, southern-style, and you really must go!

There are also big-name concert performances (do Nelly and Alan Jackson ring a bell?), plenty of family-friendly fun and kids' activities, parades, street fairs, visiting ships, homes' tours, a 5K run/walk, a circus and so much more. Read up on all of the NC Azalea Festival events ahead of time, so you don't miss a thing.

NC Azalea Festival is Home to One of America's Favorite Towns

Actually, Wilmington was voted the Favorite Riverfront Town in America by a USA Today Reader's Choice poll. You'll find a little bit of everything here from beautiful beaches and gorgeous waterfronts to amazing shopping, dining, history, arts and cultureall in one stunning coastal North Carolina setting.

The voice of the people can't be wrong when it comes to knowing what's good. The day trip to Wilmington itself is worth putting on your Topsail beach vacation itinerary. If you decide to make the trip during the North Carolina Azalea Festival, be sure to read up on the festival road closures and parade route in advance so you don't get stuck trying to figure out how best to get where you need to go.

Close, Easy Drive to Wilmington

The city of Wilmington is under an hour's drive from Topsail Island heading south on US Highway 17. It's a relaxing, easy drive from the island to the city and pretty much a straight shot. If you're heading there during the festival, you can expect some heavier traffic as you near Wilmington, so allow a few extra minutes just in case.

Not much advance planning is necessary for this day trip. Pick a day, get in your car, and head south. If you want to check out the lovely local beaches, don't forget to pack your sunscreen and beach bag.

Top 20 Event

The North Carolina Azalea Festival is often selected as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, and it's easy to see why. The festival is a source of local pride, community involvement and visitor enjoyment year after year. The NC Azalea Festival was established in 1948 and continues to grow and flourish each and every April.

The 2015 Azalea Festival in Wilmington begins Wednesday, April 8 and runs through Sunday, April 12. The five-day festival is free with ticketing for the special events.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth a million! Check out this video clip from last year's NC Azalea Festival for a sneak peek into what to expect. Then, make your plans to be there. See you in the Port City!

Are you going to the North Carolina Azalea Festival this year? If so, let us know!

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