Places to visit in Wrightsville Beach

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Places to Visit in Wrightsville Beach


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Top Attractions in Wrightsville Beach

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What travellers are saying

  • Horace C
    Atlanta, GA96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The beach was very warm and comfortable. Not crowded but people were there enjoying along with us. Tents were allowed no automobiles on the beach. Easy access to the beach.
    Written 12 May 2024
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  • libertosart
    Leland, NC25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    All about Wrightsville Beach history to present day. Many awesome exhibits and information. A must visit if you are at the beach.
    Written 21 September 2021
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  • Travelinglizarded
    Moneta, VA490 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stopped in quick to pick up fish for my drive back inland. They had a great selection, and everything looked scrumptious. I took home some striped bass. And it was tasty.
    Written 12 January 2024
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  • Mark G
    Catonsville, MD3,299 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    On our last trip to Wrightsville for the 2023 season, we became in need of a nice beach chair and got one of the last Rio's they had at a 30% discount. Interesting that they usually have a little more stock than this going into late September. They also had huge discounts (75%) on normally overpriced Tommy Bahama clothes, getting a shirt listed at $80 for $19.75. Other named brands such as Vineyard Vines and the like had some items at 50% off.
    Written 28 November 2023
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  • alindner25
    The Cincinnati Region326 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good afternoon activity after lunch. There is a restaurant on the beginning of the pier (Ocenana or something like that) that takes all of the parking, but plenty of public parking in the area for pay.
    Written 8 May 2023
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  • raleigh52
    Raleigh, NC68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The farmers market is open Monday mornings from late spring to fall. Local vendors of produce, flowers, candles and food. Easy to get there and plenty of parking.
    Written 29 May 2024
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  • pparrothead
    Wilmington, NC4,218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I recently visited Wrightsville Beach for work and stopped by the Stanback Coastal Education Center to tour it myself. Upon arrival I was greeted by McKenzie, an intern who answered my questions and then introduced me to Jessica and Mark who both work at the center. Their insight into the N.C. Coastal Federation and its work was very much appreciated.

    They gave me a tour and answered all of my questions and were very pleasant to talk with.The work that the North Carolina Coastal Federation does is so important in preserving the beauty, integrity and natural environment for our generation and future generations. If you enjoy the ocean and all of its associated activities, you need to visit and support this fine organization.....
    Written 11 October 2017
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  • Timothy M
    Leesburg, VA3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    great jogging,walking,sightseeing path around the island. crossed both the north and south bridges to the mainland.
    Written 10 January 2021
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  • MonicaGabriela
    Charlotte, North Carolina17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place to go solo or with friends or the family. It’s small, hidden in plane sight, but very intimate and calm. Perfect to go to meditate or have a quiet time. It has a tiny library, a laberinto, and a fountain. It’s just perfect for quiet time.
    Written 3 October 2021
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  • DCLMom
    North Carolina858 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We have driven by this place on our way on to or leaving the island, but didn’t realize that it was there. We rented bikes and got a completely different view of the island and discovered this place. We parked our bikes at the edge and walked through. It is really cute and definitely worth a stop. I love the little cottage in the middle.
    Written 23 March 2021
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  • Mark G
    Catonsville, MD3,299 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Over the decades we have been to many very nice beach towns, but never quite found one to equal the Wrightsville vibe, atmosphere or mystique.
    The nearly 4 miles of beautiful beach is complemented with clean, warm water due to the Gulf Stream presence only 60 miles off shore giving Wrightsville an extended swimming season. There are 2 piers, the Johnny Mercer to the north, an old school shop, grill and fishing pier, and south, the Crystal Pier, more of a destination spot with the excellent Oceanic restaurant on the pier. There are many feels to the island, starting with the southern tip overlooking Masonboro Island, The Crystal pier area, The Blockade Runner Hotel, the main strip over the south bridge, the avenue over the north bridge around Mercer's pier, the Holiday Inn Resort and the far north end of the island at the Shell Island Resort. Just west over the bridges is Harbor Island with a huge athletic complex, Monday's farmers market, concerts, movies, parks, gardens and a 2.5 mile walking loop that has become an institution. Restaurants abound, ocean front, on the intercoastal waterway and all over town as well shops and countless things to do such as fishing, boating etc. Over the past 61 years we have enjoyed coming to Wrightsville Beach and look for any excuse to return, usually a few times a year. Founded in 1899, Wrightsville has seen many changes, but hat's off to the officials who have guided Wrightsville over the years and given us this unique place we have today.
    Written 21 September 2021
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  • Stephanie
    Middletown, NY215 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This beach pier, has :
    Old school shopping, a long fishing pier, and a snack shop all-in-one.
    Bathrooms are basic, but usually clean.
    Written 25 September 2021
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