Outdoor Lovers Paradise

With an abundance of year-round outdoor activities, Wrightsville Beach is the best beach in North Carolina to feel and stay healthy while traveling. Find beauty and things to do along every waterway. From fishing charters to surfing and paddleboarding, to cruising on a sunset boat tour, to taking a jog on the island’s scenic Loop, there are so many ways to get outdoors.

Take a Break at Island Parks

Take a break from the beach and head to the park. Wrightsville Beach Park is home to a large playground with plenty of space for children to climb, swing, spin and slide. The playground is equipped with a wheelchair swing and a variety of inclusive playground equipment, ensuring all are welcome to play. The park comes to life in the summer months with weekly free concerts, a farmers' market and fun, family-friendly activities - like the annual Bark in the Park. Visitors will also find fitness equipment, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, picnic shelters and sports fields.

Wrapped around on the west end of Wrightsville Beach Park is Harbor Way Gardens. This one-acre garden allows visitors to rest in the shade on benches set among paved paths, surrounded by large trees and seasonal flowers in bloom. Children can cool off and play in the Children's Fountain in Harbor Way Gardens.

Beautiful Jogging Views

The island’s 2.5 mile Loop offers a walking or jogging experience you won't find anywhere else. Test your running skills or just stroll along the Intracoastal Waterway, Banks Channel and beautiful salt marshes as you make your way around this scenic path. You can start your loop at various locations along the path, including Wrightsville Beach Park. View The Loop map.

Discover Beach Treasures

Park at the last beach access to the north and stroll northward along the shore keeping your eyes peeled for a lonely mailbox and bench surrounded by sand. Visitors to the Wrightsville Beach Mailbox can write anonymous letters, share stories and memories about their trip or read through the notes and thoughts left by others. You may find love poems, prayers for peace, letters to those long gone and more. Here on the north end of Wrightsville Beach, the ocean collides with Mason's Inlet, making it a perfect location for shelling or lounging in tidal pools during low tide. The coastal marshes on the west side of Lumina Avenue are full of fish and wildlife and can be explored on kayak or standup paddleboard.

Bird and nature lovers trek to the south end of Wrightsville Beach to discover the protected North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. This far-south end of the beach is a favorite among many beach-nesting birds. Each summer, nesting shorebirds arrive to raise the next generation of chicks safely in a roped-off habitat that discourages humans from disturbing the area. This area of the beach is also home to the jetty at Masonboro Inlet. Lounge on the beach as you watch sailboats, yachts and fishing vessels coast in-and-out of the Intracoastal Waterway and Banks Channel. Look across the inlet to see the uninhabited Masonboro Island Reserve, which can be accessed and explored via kayak or boat. The unique positioning of the south end of Wrightsville Beach makes it the perfect spot to take in both sunrise and sunset views. 

Watersports Galore

Known as one of the East Coast's hottest watersports spots, Wrightsville Beach has a variety of water-based options sure to excite visitors. Learn how to catch a wave at one of the island's many surf camps that offer lessons suitable for all ages. Try out one of the world's fastest growing sports with a paddleboarding lesson or excursion in the Intracoastal Waterway. Learn to sail with professional instructors at one of the island's sailing schools. Grab a kayak and enjoy views of the island from the water as you explore scenic channels and salt marshes or strap on scuba gear and have an under the sea adventure. 

Fishing and Piers

Hop aboard one of the beach's fishing charters and test out your angler skills with a near-shore, offshore or custom excursion where the fish including mackerel, speckled trout and puppy drum are always biting. Johnnie Mercers Pier and Crystal Pier also offer great fishing opportunities with beautiful views.