Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina
is located on the southern end of the North Carolina Coast, which was named by Money Magazine as one of the “top 12 vacation spots in North America.” The town of Wrightsville Beach is North Carolina’s most accessible outer bank, with easy access from either Interstate 40 or Interstate 95 via 140. It’s a residential beach community, relaxed and serene, with no carnival-like atmosphere or crowds - just five miles of white sand beach, plenty of seashells, small restaurants, quaint shops, and village charm. The nightlife in Wrightsville Beach is even laid back, with beach bars and oyster bars with great ocean views and casual dining. There are several full-service marinas in Wrightsville Beach – some of the most luxurious marinas along the North Carolina coast - that offer boating, fishing, diving and water skiing opportunities. Charter boats, both power and sail, are also available in abundance. Clustered around the bridge at the Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach is where you’ll find the boating and yachting scene. It’s fun just to sit and watch the yachts pulling in and our of harbor as you sit with a cool drink. You can also take a one hour narrated scenic cruise of the Intracoastal Waterway – cruises depart daily from Banks Channel at South Wrightsville Beach. Other outdoor attractions include leisurely bike rides, playing tennis at the park or volleyball on the beach, and year-round golf. Canoeing, kayaking, sailing and surfing are also available in Wrightsville Beach.
The Wrightsville Beach area has historic sites, lovely gardens, museums, dozens of art galleries and even movie studios. The Screen Gems Studio in nearby Wilmington gives a one hour and 15 minute walking tour of the largest motion picture studio located outside of Hollywood. Such productions as “Dawson’s Creek,” and “One Tree Hill,” were filmed here. Wilmington is also a very historic town with one of the state’s largest riverfront historic districts. See the city’s historic mansions and landmark buildings, take a horse drawn trolley or carriage tour, a riverboat cruise or take a walking tour given by city residents. Across the river from Wilmington on Eagles Island is the majestic Battleship North Carolina, a restored World War II memorial. Wilmington is also the site of North Carolina’s oldest history museum.
Other attractions located near Wrightsville Beach include:
The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History
Harbor Island Ship Models – featuring nautical memorabilia, one-of-a-kind models and marine antiques.
Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park in Wilmington
The Wilmington Children’s Museum
Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington
Poplar Grove Historic Plantation
Bellamy Mansion Museum and Gardens in Wilmington
Boardwalk Carolina Beach
Fort Fisher State Historic Area in Kure Beach
The Kure Beach Pier
Airlie Gardens in Wilmington
Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve