Race Into Spring

Pack up the family, grab your board or bike and head to Wrightsville Beach. With signature island races, 360 degrees of natural beauty and fun for all ages, there's no better place to find adventure this spring.

The number of signature and nationally recognized island sporting events taking place this spring puts Wrightsville Beach at the top of everyone's list. The US Open Fat Bike Championship will race along the water's edge March 17. "Fat Bikers" will come from across the nation for this fast-paced event, named a Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society.

As bikers are zipping on the sand, marathoners will head west from the beach on their 26.2-mile journey toward Wilmington during the Wrightsville Beach Marathon Madness on March 17, soaking up scenic views of the beach, marshes, and greenways along the way. Make it a family affair and try the 5K or 1-mile run. The Carolina Cup, named one of the world’s top five standup paddleboard races, will be held at the Blockade Runner Beach Resort April 18 to 22. Perfect your balance at SUP clinics and demonstrations and then compete with some of the world's best paddleboarders.

Family-friendly spring activities include day camps where kids can learn to surf or boogie board, beach and scavenger hunt eco tours or a pirate-themed treasure hunt with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours and Water Taxi. Explore the natural history of the island with programs and exhibits at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center, and then step next door to learn about the island's cultural history at the ever-popular Wrightsville Beach Museum of History.

Get even closer to nature with a Gulf Stream charter excursion or rent a kayak and escape into the quiet wonder of the salt marsh on Masonboro Island Reserve.

Book your late winter getaway now with special deals or get a jump on planning your spring break vacation and reserve accommodations at one of our many lodging properties and vacation rentals.