Wrightsville Beach is a family destination without the carnival atmosphere and maintains over 3000 permanent residents. That number swells to over 30,000 in the tourist season.

The town has its own police and fire departments, churches, an elementary school, a museum, a grocery store and excellent accommodations which include hotel and cottage rentals and many fine restaurants.

Incorporated in 1899, the 4.7 mile long island has been a tourist destination for over 100 years. Once connected only by a trolley system to Wilmington 12 miles away, the island is now accessed by drawbridge.

The island was once owned by the Tidewater Power Company, which installed the trolley system, built the Hotel Tarrymore in 1905, later the Oceanic (a grand hotel that burned down in 1934) and the Lumina, a famous gathering place for swimmers, sunbathers and outdoor movie enthusiasts. The Lumina was a landmark until it was demolished in 1975.

Antique Wrightsville Beach Postcards

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

Vintage illustrations and photos of Wrightsville Beach, NC

 

Wrightsville Beach Surfing Guide

Wrightsville Beach Surfing Guide

Surfing has always been big on Wrightsville Beach, and visitors and surfers from all across the East Coast are starting to take notice. The town was named one of the “World’s 20 Best Surf Towns” by National Geographic Magazine, and was one of only seven town in the US to earn the distinction. The designation was due to the sleepy surf town vibe, the family friendly atmosphere, and even the growing number of things to do for visitors who aren’t necessarily interested in riding waves.

Wrightsville Beach Park

Wrightsville Beach Park

The sunny Wrightsville Beach Park, conveniently located in the heart of town, is a fantastic destination for an outdoor adventure that doesn't necessarily entail a trip to the beach. Adjacent to the Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation's main facilities, the Wrightsville Beach Arboretum, and plenty of wide open green spaces, this park is a perfect spot for enjoying a little free fun in the sun, without the risk of getting sand in the shoes.

Activities for Kids in Wrightsville Beach

Activities for Kids in Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach is a fun vacation destination for visitors of all ages, but it’s arguably the most entertaining for the younger crowd. From watersports to boat tours, museums to shops, the town and surrounding Cape Fear region is brimming with activities and attractions that kids will adore. Start planning your kid-friendly itinerary by investigating these activities, attractions, and things to do that will appeal to the youngest members of your vacationing party, as well as the young at heart.

Little Lollipop Bay

Little Lollipop Bay

Little Lollipop Bay is a small oval-shaped bay that lies just north of the US 74 / Wrightsville Beach Bridge. The small enclosure of water, surrounded by vacation rental homes with private docks and fishing piers, is a popular launching point for novice kayakers, windsurfers and kiteboarders who want to enjoy a quick paddle in a safe location, or experienced boaters who want a fast way to head out to the deserted, and barely-above-water islands in between Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.