Looking for the latest updates on things to see and do on your next Wrightsville Beach visit? Read about news, recent updates and more here.
Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach
Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach is undergoing a major refresh to create a new look and feel for your next beach getaway on the island. In addition to upgrades to the lobby, restaurants, bars and event spaces, the renovation will bring a new look to guest rooms, pools and outdoor areas.
Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours
Plan a day on the water with friends and family on Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours' new private charter offering this spring. The Family Beach Party includes full rental of the Shamrock with room for 20 aboard, knowledgeable and licensed captain, friendly first mate, sound system, and an extra-large cooler with soft drinks and water.
Blockade Runner Surf to Sound Adventures
Meet “Zoe,” the newest, state-of-the-art addition to Blockade Runner Surf to Sound Adventures’ fleet. Hop aboard the sailboat for a two-hour sunset sail along Wrightsville Beach’s waterways while sipping champagne and enjoying the spectacular views. Or, go on an adventure with their Masonboro Adventure Sail to explore Masonboro Island Reserve. Private and mid-day charters are also available.
Located just over the bridge, Airlie Gardens will unveil their newest art exhibition, Hoppy Time Rabbits, July 8. Explore ten larger-than-life fiberglass sculptures located throughout the gardens. This exhibit marks the 10th anniversary of Airlie Gardens' annual Art in the Garden program. While visiting the latest exhibition, explore 67 acres of formal gardens and lakes and the nearly 500-year-old Airlie Oak.
Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center
Celebrating 40 years in 2022, the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center continues to offer a uniquely coastal educational experience for all ages. With art exhibits inside the historic Palmgren-O'Quinn cottage, the center will bring back their popular Touch Tank Tuesday program this summer. Explore the "Living Classroom," complete with native plants, stormwater-reduction demonstrations and more, and celebrate this milestone anniversary with the center throughout the year.
Serving breakfast and lunch, Wrightsville Beach's newest restaurant, Drift Café, is now open. From the owners of Drift Coffee, this new concept features tableside service and offers an expanded menu to include larger plates like Benedicts, avocado toast and alcoholic beverages, in addition to their signature coffee drinks.
King Neptune Restaurant
Making a return this August, King Neptune, a Wrightsville Beach staple and the oldest restaurant in the county, is currently under renovation. Plans include refurbishing the dining room and kitchen and curating a menu that will feature fresh, local seafood, an extensive wine list and a selection of craft cocktails. The iconic Pirate Lounge will remain next door and retain its intimate and laid-back charm.