Indulge in the Island Life this Spring

Elevate your spring break with an island getaway where amenities are plentiful and outdoor activities are endless. Whether on water or land, surf-inspired menus, day camps for the kids at resorts, scenic cruises and tours, beach chic boutique shopping, wellness and sporting events define spring in Wrightsville Beach. Enjoy sunset dinners at the marina or take an epic island excursion to a private dinner spot. Book a pirate tour or surf lessons for the family and ride waves at the birthplace of North Carolina surfing. SUPers or novice paddlers can also find their rhythm on the water. Nightlife is just as active with ongoing concert series and beach bars offering up seasonal live music. Sip hand-crafted cocktails with friends in oceanfront gardens or spend days by the shore with the family doing nothing at all. Whatever type of getaway you're seeking, craft your own spring fling. 

 

 

Step into spring

Embrace ocean hues and stunning views this spring with a sunshine stay. It's easy to get outdoors at Wrightsville Beach and stay active. Experience the crystal blue waters from a new perspective with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours by exploring area marshes on a Birding Cruise or venture to the longest undisturbed barrier island ecosystem in southern North Carolina, Masonboro Island Reserve, for pristine examples of nature in simple existence. Take a surf or standup paddleboarding (SUP) lesson to get out on the water or try your hand at a variety of other watersports. The Loop – a 2.5-mile trail encircling the island – keeps visitors active on dry land. Spend downtime browsing island shops with unique finds like a megalodon shark tooth necklace at The Workshop or dress to impress shopping at Hallelu Boutique. Nearby Lumina Station boasts a charming collection of shops and restaurants situated around beautiful landscaping.

Family-friendly things to do 

Families can enjoy day programs and surf camps, visits to area museums and guided SUP or kayak tours. If you're looking for things to do beyond the beach, reel in a catch like no other with a Family Explorer Day offered through Feel Good Fishing Charters & Adventures. Even picky eaters find something to please their palate at the vibrant Tower 7 Baja Mex or a classic hot dog from the Trolly Stop with 13 different toppings and over 1,000 combinations possible followed by a sweet break at Kohl's Frozen Custard. The little ones love learning when it comes to the “Living Classroom” with native plants, rain gardens and more at Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center and adults can step back in time while the kids explore at Wrightsville Beach Museum of History.

Put some beach into your spring

Let the breeze guide you with a sailing lesson from Blockade Runner Sailing School and Wrightsville Performance Sailing. Hit the pavement during the Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness, March 8-9, or take to the shore, March 23, for the US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship. Considered one of the best “SUP Hubs” in the US, watch or participate, April 24-28, in the Carolina Cup with five days of SUP clinics and some of the best standup paddleboard competitions in the world drawing over 800 athletes. If you prefer to paddle at your own pace, take a SUP or kayak lesson on a guided tour with Wrightsville SUP. Spring is full of adventure but there are plenty of ways to kick back and relax with the family too. 

Taste of the Island Excursions

Hop aboard a 23-foot catamaran with Epic Excursions, sip cocktails accompanied by hors d'oeuvres as you cruise into the sunset then enjoy a low country seafood boil or sea-to-table multi-course dinner on one of our beautiful uninhabited islands. For those who prefer to stay on land, enjoy Intracoastal views from the two-story deck at Dockside Restaurant or dine over the ocean at the newly renovated Oceanic Restaurant where brunch is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike because of its Southern-infused seafood. For a post-surf lunch, head to SurfBerry Café for a healthy and refreshing lunch of acai bowls, smoothies and cold-pressed juices to fuel you up for an afternoon on the beach. No evening foodie adventure is complete without an authentic farm-to-table meal at EAST Oceanfront Dining set in a posh oceanfront garden and 22 North known for an exciting menu that changes daily using the best local sustainable ingredients along with a handcrafted wine list and cocktails – just two of our shining stars among the Wrightsville Beach culinary scene.

Island Days and Nights

Whether a girlfriend's getaway, couples retreat or solo excursion, there are plenty of ways to stay entertained. Watch the yachts cruise into the marina over a sunset dinner at Bluewater Waterfront Grill. Enjoy poolside beverages in lush gardens at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. Taste local flavors with craft cocktails and small plates from Shark Bar & Kitchen. Hop next door for an authentic beach bar experience at The Palm Room then catch live music in an eclectic atmosphere at Jimmy's at Red Dogs. End the night people-watching the streets of downtown Wrightsville Beach from the front patio of Jerry Allen's Sports Bar & Grill.

Places to Stay

From a family vacay to a resort getaway, choose from a variety of lodging options this spring at Wrightsville Beach. Recently renovated after last year's storm, indulge in one of our full-service resort hotels or check out a variety of oceanfront vacation beach homes, condo rentals and motels. You'll find the perfect island retreat for any style. Accommodations begin to book up quickly during the spring, so plan your getaway now.