Included in U.S. News & World Report’s list of “23 Top Things to do in North Carolina” for 2021, Wrightsville Beach is ringing in the new year with refreshed accommodations, new ways to get out on the water, milestones and more. Celebrate with us by planning a visit to our active island town and exploring all it has to offer in 2022.

A Fresh Look

The Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach is undergoing a major refresh to offer a new look and feel for your next beach getaway. The refresh will include upgrades to the lobby, restaurants, bars and event spaces, in addition to a new look for guest rooms, pools and outdoor areas. Book a stay to experience ocean- or harbor-front rooms, on-site dining, outdoor and indoor pools, along with a large playground, a wading pool and KidsClub for the little ones.


New Tours and Exhibits

Get out on the water with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours’ new private charter offering this spring. The Family Beach Party includes a full rental of the Shamrock with room for 20 aboard, a licensed and knowledgeable captain, experienced and friendly mate, an extra-large cooler with soft drinks and water, plus a sound system.


Just across the bridge, discover 67 acres of formal gardens and lakes at Airlie Gardens. A new exhibit featuring rabbits is slated to be unveiled for the summer. Go for the bunnies and stay for favorites like the majestic Airlie Oak, the seasonal Butterfly House and colorful Minnie Evans Bottle Chapel, acres of walking trails and lakes, and hundreds of species of local flora and fauna.



Trip Advisor’s Best

Plan a sailing adventure with Shamrock Sailing Adventures, which recently earned TripAdvisor’s Badge of Excellence. The rating is awarded to experiences that meet TripAdvisor’s highest quality standards and have received exceptional reviews. Embark on a cruise with Captain Jim to check out unbeatable scenery, extensive bird life and occasional dolphin sightings.


Decades in the Making

The Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center is celebrating its 40-year anniversary this year. For four decades, it has offered a uniquely coastal learning experience for all ages including art exhibits inside the historic Palmgren-O’Quinn cottage, as well as the grounds serving as a “Living Classroom” complete with native plants, rain gardens, stormwater-reduction demonstrations, low-impact development landscaping and more. The popular Touch Tank Tuesday program will also return for June and July. Come celebrate the milestone throughout the year and learn a thing or two while having fun.

Touch Tank Tuesdays at Wrightsville beach


While the active beach town vibe never changes, a trip to Wrightsville Beach this year promises new ways to experience island life. Escape to the coast and see what’s new on your next vacation.