If lounging on the beach for days on end isn’t your idea of a perfect summer getaway, Wrightsville Beach is the place to discover motion-based activities to keep you moving during your next island escape. From riding the waves to exploring nature trails, stay on the go with a family vacation to our coastal oasis.  

Read on for our guide to discovering motion-based activities in Wrightsville Beach:  

Ride the Waves 

Our coastal destination is home to world-class watersports, and there are a variety of ways to get in on the action. Learn to surf during a lesson with a certified instructor from WB Surf Camp, perfect for children, teens and adults. Choose from day camps, private lessons, group lessons and more, and gear up for a day of movement in Wrightsville Beach’s crystal blue waters.  


Go under the sea with one of the area’s diving companies to discover offshore reefs, ledges, shipwrecks and underwater habitats in the waters surrounding Wrightsville Beach. The perfect motion-based activity for history lovers, keep your eyes peeled for prehistoric Megalodon teeth found beneath the waves.  


Experience everything Wrightsville Beach has to offer with a stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) lesson or tour from Wrightsville SUP. A great way to get the whole family out and about, a SUP excursion is a fun and easy way to travel along Wrightsville Beach’s calm waters.  


Take the helm with a sailing lesson from Wrightsville Performance Sailing or the Blockade Runner’s Sailing School, where you’ll soon be navigating the water with confidence. With the help of experienced instructors, learn sailing lingo, basic knots, basic sailing maneuvers and more.  


Or, embark on a cruise aboard the Carolina Runner with Soundside Adventures. Options include a day trip to nearby Masonboro Island, where you can get your move on discovering the longest undisturbed barrier island ecosystem in southern North Carolina once you arrive. The area’s only resort with surf to sound amenities also offers a variety of activities and lessons to keep you active from surf to sound. 


Pedal On 

If staying on land is more your speed, set out on two wheels to get the whole family moving and find adventure along the way. With a rental from one of our area outfitters, you’ll be equipped for a bike ride around the island in no time. Embark on the River to Sea Bikeway, an on-and-off street bike path traveling all the way from Johnnie Mercers Pier to Historic Downtown Wilmington, for a perfect day spinning your wheels.  


Trail Time 

For those who’d prefer to find movement on their own two feet, the Wrightsville Beach Loop is perfect for a family walk or laidback jog around the island. Available on select dates, discover Wrightsville Beach and Harbor Island history with 25 educational signs found along the nearly 2.5-mile paved path. Each sign features details of the island’s past, vintage photographs and trivia perfect for quizzing the kids as you go.  


No matter how to choose to move, head to Wrightsville Beach to embark on a variety of motion-based adventures.