Spring Things to Do

Put the Spring Back in Your Step at Wrightsville Beach

Locals know now is one of the best times of the year to enjoy all Wrightsville Beach has to offer. With mild temperatures and miles of breathtaking shoreline, it’s the perfect time for a road trip to try something new. Head out on a new twilight water tour, get out and active with wellness activities like a jog around The Loop or a kayak tour, or plan a romantic weekend with your better half. Named one of the “Best Spring Break Destinations in the U.S.” by Travel + Leisure, it’s the right time to take a time out at Wrightsville Beach.

What to Expect When Visiting

Thank you for trusting us with your care and safety as you resume travel to the area. We encourage you to travel and enjoy responsibly by practicing social distancing, wearing required masks and following other guidelines for your safety. With safety concerns top of mind for travelers, many lodging properties are following enhanced safety guidelines provided by corporate offices, as well as guidance from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, U.S. Travel Association, and the CDC that are designed to provide consistent cleaning safety standards. A statewide “Count on Me NC” program with the NC Restaurant and Lodging Association, Visit NC, and NC State University provides specific guidance and training to local restaurants, hotels, and other public-facing businesses on best practices. Please find on-going COVID travel updates here.

ISLAND ADVENTURES

Feel the sea breeze on your back with a lesson from a local sailing school. Paddle out at your own pace with a stand up paddleboarding or kayak lesson with area outfitters. Kick back and relax as you experience the island’s crystal blue waters from a new perspective with scenic tours and cruises. Take a shuttle service to explore Masonboro Island Reserve, the longest undisturbed barrier island ecosystem in southern North Carolina, or explore the area’s salt marshes on a Birding Cruise to discover pristine examples of nature. Or, stay active on dry land with a walk or jog along the scenic Loop, a 2.5-mile encircling the island.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN

Head out for a family explorer day with local charters to reel in the big fish. Learn to shred the waves with a surf lesson for the whole family from a local surf camp or with a private lesson. Take a break from the beach with a day of family fun at Wrightsville Beach Park's large playground offering plenty of space to climb, swing and slide. Equipped with a wheelchair swing and a variety of other inclusive playground equipment, the park is the perfect place for anyone to play. You will also find fitness equipment, basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, picnic shelters and sports fields.

Spring Blooms

Situated on the west end of Wrightsville Beach Park is Harbor Way Gardens. Relax on benches situated along paved paths, surrounded by large trees and spring blooms. Children can cool off and play in the Children's Fountain, while adults may want to bring their yoga mat along and take their practice outdoors. Visit nearby Airlie Gardens to wander through more than 67 acres of formal gardens and walking trails, as well as 10 acres of lakes. The majestic nearly 500-year-old Airlie Oak is a must-visit spot for first-time guests and return visitors alike.

SAVOR FRESH FLAVORS

Indulge in fresh-to-table meals and outdoor dining at island restaurants like EAST Oceanfront Dining where award-winning chef, Jessica Cabo, serves up an inventive menu utilizing produce from the hotel's own seaside garden and local seafood. Soak in marina views at Dockside Restaurant or ocean views on the Crystal Pier at Oceanic while enjoying hand-crafted cocktails, sun-kissed shrimp and Southern-infused seafood. Take home some of the freshest seafood right off the boat from Motts Channel Seafood for grilling in your vacation rental. Watch the sunset over Bank's Channel from the dog-friendly patio of South Beach Grill

BOOK THE PERFECT STAY

Choose from a variety of lodging options maintaining cleaning safety standards. Indulge in full-service resorts with special amenities like oceanfront gardens and fresh-to-table dining options. Several island hotels offer both ocean and sound-side views along with walkability to all that Wrightsville Beach has to offer. Or book a comfortable getaway—perfect for working from home away from home or distance learning—featuring all of the amenities of home with a vacation beach home or condo rental. Reserve your spring and summer accommodations now as beach rentals are in high demand.