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

 

Masonboro Island Coastal Estuarine Reserve

Masonboro Island Coastal Estuarine Reserve

Situated on the edge of the Cape Fear Coastline in between the bustling towns of Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach, the Masonboro Island Estuarine Reserve is a unique slice of undeveloped and natural barrier island shoreline that’s an important habitat for countless coastal species. Hard to reach but wonderfully isolated, visitors who make a trip to this literal deserted island will be rewarded with great shelling, beautiful landscapes, and miles of beaches to go around.

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History

The small but well-stocked Wrightsville Beach Museum of History is a charming little attraction that may not take very long to explore, but nevertheless presents a complete and fascinating portrait of this surprisingly long-standing beach town.

Johnnie Mercer’s Pier

Johnnie Mercer’s Pier

Any experienced visitor will attest that one of the best things about the North Carolina coastline is the fishing, and the Johnnie Mercer's Pier is a prime locale for Wrightsville Beach visitors to tackle the exceptional saltwater fishing conditions that are renowned in the Cape Fear area.

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.