Experience the island at the perfect time of year with fewer crowds, mild temperatures and without the stress of trip planning. With an abundance of activities that don’t require advance tickets or reservations, Wrightsville Beach is the perfect destination for an impromptu, relaxing autumn getaway. Take in botanical beauty at Harbor Way Gardens. Go for a walk or jog along the scenic 2.5-mile Wrightsville Beach Loop. Enjoy a spectacular sunset on a harbor cruise with Blockade Runner Surf to Sound Adventures. Dive into the island’s rich past at the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History or check out local artwork at Wrightsville Beach Art Company. Leave the stress at home and escape to Wrightsville Beach.

Fall Hues & Coastal Brews

Soak up the golden hour glow with fall brews complemented by island views. Sip on an Electronic Fog or Plane Arms on the patio at Flying Machine Brewery’s Wrightsville Beach taproom. Discover over 800 international and hard-to-find beers at Lighthouse Beer & Wine. Nosh on gourmet burgers and bar food while enjoying a cold brew at Poe’s Tavern and delight in the outdoor patio and airy interior. Every hour is happy hour at Wrightsville Beach.

Island Activities

Our active island doesn’t slow down in fall. Discover water-based adventures at the 10th annual Carolina Cup Nov. 4-7, where daily demos and clinics offer the opportunity to enhance your SUP skills. Watch the SUP professionals race around the island during the Carolina Pro-Am Nov. 12-14. Support the island’s own Lighthouse Beer & Wine at their annual festival Oct. 30 and then sample island flavors at the annual Taste of Wrightsville Beach Nov. 6.


Enjoy some quiet time with hidden sanctuaries found all around the island. Wander to the far north end of the island to leave a musing in the famed Wrightsville Beach Mailbox. Watch the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean while enjoying a meal at the Oceanic Restaurant on the Crystal Pier. Set your sights on coastal flora in Airlie Gardens and marvel at the hundred-year-old oak trees. Paddle out on a kayak adventure to Masonboro Island and explore the longest undisturbed barrier island ecosystem in southern North Carolina. Find inspiration around every corner in Wrightsville Beach.

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