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About Wrightsville Beach

The town of Wrightsville Beach is home to five miles of wide, sandy beaches, beautiful crystal blue water, and stunning views surrounding the island. Located in Southeastern North Carolina, Wrightsville Beach makes the ultimate family vacation destination. From fishing to paddle boarding, surfing or just relaxing on the beach, Wrightsville offers many activities and attractions for everyone.

Your Guide to Wrightsville Beach

Beautiful sunset at Wrightsville Beach

History of Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach has a rich and long history and has been a tourist destination for over 100 years. It was known as The Banks until 1899 when it was renamed Wrightsville Beach after the Wright family of Wilmington. Access to the beach was once connected by a trolley, and today a drawbridge allows locals and tourists to reach the beautiful island. If you’re interested in learning more about Wrightsville Beach and its history, stop by the Wrightsville Beach History Museum during your vacation, located right off  W. Salisbury Street.

Best Things to do in Wrightsville Beach

Choosing to come to Wrightsville Beach for your next vacation destination is an easy choice. The island of Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington provide plenty of activities and entertainment for everyone in the family during your Wrightsville Beach vacation.

Some of our favorite activities include:

  • Water Sports - Surf the waves, go for a swim in the Atlantic, or paddle board with Wrightsville SUP on the Intercoastal Waterway.
  • Fishing - There's nothing like fishing to kick back and relax. Take a fishing charter or hang out at one of these local fishing spots.
  • Historic Tours - The area offers a great selection of historic sites and museums, including the Battleship North Carolina.
  • Entertainment & Shopping - Kids will enjoy the Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park with go karts, mini golf, laser tag, rock climbing and more! The whole family will love souvenir shopping at Mayfaire Town Center and Lumina Station which are just minutes away.
  • Off-Island Activities - If you find yourself wanting to explore more off the island, head to Historic Downtown Wilmington which is a short 20 minute drive from Wrightsville Beach and take a stroll by the riverfront.  

Waters lapping the pier at Wrightsville Beach

Where to Dine in Wrightsville Beach

You can't vacation in Wrightsville without checking out the excellent selection of restaurants. Some of our picks for the 7 Best Wrightsville Beach Restaurants include:

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Plan Your Wrightsville Beach Vacation Today

Now that you’ve got the ins and outs of Wrightsville Beach, start planning your vacation with Bryant Real Estate today! We offer over 100 Wrightsville Beach vacation rentals with amenities like oceanfront views, swimming pools and more.

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