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.
Lumina on Wrightsville Beach, a Holiday Inn Resort
Lumina on Wrightsville Beach, a Holiday Inn Resort unveiled a refreshed look and feel in addition to a new resort name and brand. Several guest rooms were updated to better accommodate families by adding bunk beds and cubby spaces. New resort amenities include two new restaurants, a coffee shop, two new pools, an outdoor recreation and event area, a soon-to-be-open taproom, a hammock garden and more.
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.
Meet “Zoe,” the newest, state-of-the-art addition to Soundside Adventures’ fleet. Hop aboard the sailboat for a two-hour sunset sail along Wrightsville Beach’s waterways while 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 recently revealed their newest art exhibition, Hoppy Time Rabbits. 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, their signature event, Touch Tank Tuesdays program is back for another season. Advance registration is required and can be done on their website. 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.