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Attractions in Wrightsville Beach, NC

 

The most popular attractions at Wrightsville Beach and Figure Eight Island, NC, by far are its white sand and sparkling water. Beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, boating and swimming are perfect ways to spend your days on this relaxing getaway. 

There are, of course, some things that you absolutely must see and do while in the area. Take a stroll down memory lane and learn about the island's fascinating past at the Wrightsville Beach Museum, located in Myers Cottage on West Salisbury Street, one of the oldest cottages on the beach. It's interesting stuff, the story of this community, which has been a resort area for more than a century. While you're visiting the museum, leave your car in the parking lot and get moving on The Loop, the much-loved 2.45-mile circuit sidewalk that runs along the perimeter of Wrightsville Beach Park, up Causeway Drive, down Lumina Ave. and Salisbury Street. It's a great way to see the area and be good to your body. The Wrightsville Beach Park is a great stop too, with tennis courts, a basketball court, soccer field, and a playgound for the little ones.

Be sure to take a walk out on Johnnie Mercer's Pier and cast a line if you're inclined. This amazing pier is built to survive huricane force winds and the view of the ocean is extraordinary. If you're not up for fishing, be sure to watch the locals and see what they're catching.

Just off Wrightsville Beach is Masonboro Island, a secluded haven for fishing, sunbathing, camping, and exploring nature. You can get there by boat, kayak, or on a guided tour with an area company like Wrightsville Scenic Tours and Taxi. 

Across the bridge and down Airlie Road, you'll find Airlie Gardens, a glorious garden that was designed in the early 1900s to celebrate plants for all four seasons. Stroll the curving paths, gaze at the over 400-year-old Airlie Oak, and picnic on the grounds. There's no better way to celebrate the seasons in the area.

Events on the island are plenty — from surfing contests, to the Wrightsville Beach Marathon, to a stellar summer concert series at the Wrightsville Beach Park.

There's plenty more to do in the area. Check out our Wilmington Attractions page for even more things to do while you're in the area.

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Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach Adventures Wrightsville Beach AttractionsWrightsville Beach AdventuresWrightsville Beach Causeway
Wilmington, NC 28401 • map(910) 332-7284
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Whether you're visiting the beach or planning a visit for family or friends, Wrightsville Beach Adventures will keep you entertained.. The Captain runs a top notch boat and will take you for a full day of off shore fishing or a half day with the family. Looking for a romantic dinner...more about Wrightsville Beach Adventures

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History Wrightsville Beach AttractionsWrightsville Beach Museum of History303 W. Salisbury St.
Wrightsville Beach, NC • map(910) 256-2569
wbmuseum.com

The Wrightsville Beach Museum is housed in the circa 1909 Myers cottage, one of the oldest cottages on the beach. Opened in May 1995, the museum presents beach history and lifestyles.

Walk though the Myers Cottage and feel what it was like to be at the beach in 1930. There is a...more about Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

Johnnie Mercer's PierFoot of E. Salisbury St.
Wrightsville Beach, NC • map(910) 256-2743

Standing 25 feet above sea level, this magnificent concrete structure represents the latest in storm-resistant technology. It is the first pier in North Carolina able to sustain 200 mph winds, and its windows are built to withstand storm gales up to 150 mph. The light poles consist of spun concrete, and...more about Johnnie Mercer's Pier

The Loop at Wrightsville BeachWrightsville Beach, NC • map

The John Nesbitt Loop is scenic 2.45-mile circuit sidewalk course that is very popular among locals of all ages. It encompasses a portion of the perimeter of Wrightsville Beach Park along Causeway Drive, plus Lumina Avenue and Salisbury Street. If you bring your dog along there's a free Dog Bar (serving water) beside...more about The Loop at Wrightsville Beach

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Tours

Wrightsville Scenic Tours and TaxiWaynick Blvd. (across from Blockade Runner)
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28443 • map(910) 200-4002

In the spring and summer, a cruise aboard a 26-foot motorized catamaran affords breathtaking views of Masonboro Island and Wrightsville Beach. Daily guided shelling and eco-tours to Masonboro Island make for a special experience. Dolphin Sunset cruises in the back creeks, bird watching on protected islands, or exploring coastal islands on...more about Wrightsville Scenic Tours and Taxi

Just off Wrightsville Beach

Airlie Gardens300 Airlie Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403 • map(910) 798-7700

Enjoy the pleasures nature has to offer — smell the roses, admire the azaleas, gaze at the camellias and stand in the shade of the 468-year-old Airlie Oak while visiting this quintessential Southern garden. Stroll curving paths and walkways in this lush natural setting while admiring the majesty of coastal North Carolina...more about Airlie Gardens

Other Islands

Masonboro IslandWrightsville Beach, NC • map

Evidence suggests that the first stretch of continental American coastline described by a European explorer may have been Masonboro Island. The explorer was Giovanni da Verrazzano, the year, 1524. Later, during the Civil War, Masonboro's beaches were visited by three blockade runners and one Union blockader.

Before 1952, Masonboro was attached to...more about Masonboro Island

 
 
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