things to do

It's hard to see all there is to do in just one trip

From sightseeing to exploring to relaxing, there's something here for everyone including water sports, shopping, historical land marks, nightlife, and more. Wrightsville Beach has so many exciting things to do and places to see.

Wake up and head across the street to Sunday's Cafe and grab a delicious cup of coffee or a smoothie and hang out above the South End Surf Shop where they rent surfboards, bikes and kayaks.

Wrightsville Beach is one of the largest surfing spots on the East Coast between the Oceanic Pier and the jetty. Every day you will see surfer's, SUP, kite-surfing, kayaking and of course swimmer's.

If there's something else you're looking for, check out the Insider's Guide to North Carolina's Southern Coast and Wilmington, a trusted source for travel information for more than 25 years. This guide is updated frequently by local authors. Also be sure to check out Wrightsville Beaches own website Visit Wrightsville, jammed packed with exciting things to do and places to see around Wrightsville Beach.

Visit the Town of Wrightsville Beach for programs and activities, farmer's market on Monday's with local produce and crafts and annual events. Wrightsville Beach Park has tennis courts, children's playground, and event stage, basketball courts, baseball fields and walk the Loop which is a 2.45 mile scenic pathway where dogs also like to walk. Stop by the lovely Harbor Way Gardens on your outing.

We love our dogs at Wrightsville Beach and there are 3 doggie fountains, water fountains and benches along the Loop.

Need Beach Rentals while you are here?

Check out Got Shade Beach Rentals, free delivery and pick up! Beach umbrella's, beach chairs, golf carts, beach carts, charcoal grill, gas grill, fat tire bike, tandem bike, electric bike, child trailer, kayak, and tandem kayak. Visit their shop which is full of local art.

Wrightsville Beach Bikes and Boards
Beach Cruisers, Surfboards, SUP, and Kayak rentals hourly, daily and weekly rates, delivery and pick-up service is available.

Wrightsville Beach Churches:
Little Chapel on the Boardwalk
Wrightsville United Methodist
St. Andres Episcopal Church
St. Therese Catholic Church

Water Sports

Wrightsville Beach motivates travelers to take advantage of our active island lifestyle. Whether you're a first-time surfer looking for a chance to get on the water or a seasoned rider you'll always find something that's right for you. Our many waterways, from surf to sound, inspire a sense of movement and adventure everywhere you look.


When you need a break from the sun, you'll find everything from open-air, pedestrian-friendly shopping villages and local surf shops to chic beach boutiques. Known for its quantity and variety of both upscale and budget-friendly shopping options in and around town, Wrightsville Beach is the place to visit if you live to shop. Some Shops to check out include: Blue Moon Gift Shops – Over 100 artisans, retailers and entrepreneurs – Located on Racine just off Eastwood Road REDIX – Located on Wrightsville Beach offering beach gifts, marine/fishing/beach supplies and so much more Cotton Exchange – A complex of 8 historical buildings offering local artisans and shops, restaurants and the Wilmington Walk of Fame – located downtown Wilmington

Historical Museum

The Myers Cottage, circa 1909, is home to the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. The historic cottage was moved over a mile from its former location on Lumina Avenue to the Wrightsville Beach Historic Square in 2010. The museum is designed to reflect how life was lived in a typical summer cottage at Wrightsville Beach. Step into a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen outfitted with typical furnishings from the 1940's; see a twelve foot model of 1910 Wrightsville Beach.


Wrightsville Beach is known for its welcoming social community and vibrant nightlife scene all year long. As the sun sets, the energy of the of the day’s actions maintains the momentum into the night with options ranging from craft beer at the local tavern to beach bars and seasonal live music on an oceanfront pier or at a waterfront restaurant. No matter what your after-dark style, you are sure to enjoy a variety of entertainment in this walkable beach town near or by the water and under the stars.
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