Named one of the Most Magical Island Getaways by Good Housekeeping Magazine, Wrightsville Beach is the perfect place to experience endless summer adventure. Enjoy live music in scenic settings with summer concert series at Bluewater Waterfront Grill, Oceanic Restaurant and Wrightsville Beach Park. Take a trail walk around The Loop, shaded by live oak trees with scenic water views and dolphin sightings in the channel. On select days, you can even Loop Through History and learn about the island’s past with 25 signs posted on the 2.5-mile trail. Set sail and take in spectacular sunset views on a private charter with Wrightsville Performance Sailing. Find your Zen with Yoga on the Crystal Pier each Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 25 or try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding yoga with Wrightsville SUP select Sundays through September.
Bites for All Palates
For a fun and healthy start to the day, pick up a sweet acai bowl from Drift Café that will have your little ones asking for more. Choose from more than 1,000 different combinations of hot dogs and toppings at Trolly Stop for a midday bite. Head to South Beach Grill for dinner where the adults can indulge in fresh seafood or sample a chalkboard special, and the kiddos can enjoy something off a menu tailored to their tastes. Then, make your way to The Loop for a scoop of ice cream from The Original Ice Cream Stand.
Guide to Kayaking
With its rich natural diversity and calm waters in Banks Channel, Wrightsville Beach is the perfect spot for a kayak eco-adventure. Rent equipment from Wrightsville Kayak Company and use their laminated maps to help set your own course or book a guided tour with Soundside Adventures. Paddle to Masonboro Island to experience the serenity of the uninhabited island or check out a local favorite, Palm Tree Island – a sandbar near the drawbridge that is accessible during low tide.
For your home-away-from-home, choose an oceanfront resort like the newly renovated Lumina on Wrightsville Beach, a Holiday Inn Resort. In addition to three new eateries - Longboard Coffee, Solstice Ocean Front Kitchen & Cocktails and Surfside beach Bar & Grille - the resort's rooms have been redesigned to better accommodate families, meaning more space to spread out. Or, choose a vacation rental with ocean views and all the comforts of home. Relax in the oceanfront garden at Blockade Runner Beach Resort or play lawn games like cornhole. Sign the whole crew up for a private surfing lesson with the trained instructors at Indo Jax Surf School or WB Surf Camp. Charter a cruise to Masonboro Island with Soundside Adventures or Epic Excursions or rent gear from Cape Fear Paddleboarding and explore the waterways at your own pace.
All-Ages Vacation Fun

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