Summertime is just around the corner, and you may be searching for the perfect family-friendly spot for a socially distanced vacation. Whether you plan to spend all day on the beach, lounging at a resort or exploring the natural wildlife, Wrightsville Beach is open for whatever helps you and your family get away. 

Open for Escaping

Kick back at one of Wrightsville Beach’s oceanfront resorts to experience amenities parents and kids alike will enjoy. Relax in the oceanfront garden and play cornhole with the family on the spacious lawn at Blockade Runner Beach Resort, where every room offers scenic views of the ocean or sound. 

Opt for a stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Wrightsville Beach, which features guest rooms complete with ocean or harbor-front views. Kids will delight in poolside fun, while parents will enjoy relaxing on the beach. Or, choose from a variety of vacation rentals suited to meet the whole family’s needs. 


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Open for Unwinding

Known as the birthplace of surfing in North Carolina and for its crystal-blue waters, Wrightsville Beach offers endless family fun in the sun – and on the water! The whole family can learn to ride the waves during a private surf lesson from the trained instructors at Indo Jax Surf School or WB Surf Camp. Or, for a full day of adventure, visit Blockade Runner Surf to Sound Adventures for surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and more. 


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Named one of the best “SUP” hubs in the U.S. by Outside magazine, Wrightsville Beach is the ideal location for a stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) adventure. Head to Wrightsville SUP or Cape Fear Paddleboarding to rent gear or sign up for a private lesson. 


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Set sail with an experienced captain from Wrightsville Performance Sailing to take in unparalleled views from Wrightsville Beach’s waterways. Or, master the basics of sailing with a lesson from the Blockade Runner’s Sailing School, one of only four ASA-certified sailing schools in North Carolina. 


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Open for Wandering

Take a break from the beach to explore Harbor Way Gardens, located at the west of end of Wrightsville Beach Park. Wander along the one-acre garden’s paved paths to catch a glimpse of beautiful seasonal flowers in bloom. On a hot day, visitors can rest and relax under the shade of the park’s tall trees. 

Get your steps in with a family walk or jog along the island’s 2.5-mile Loop for scenic views of the Intercoastal Waterway, Banks Channel and salt marshes. Add some education to your exercise with the Loop Through History self-guided tour. Informational signs are displayed during select weekends in June, July and August from sunrise to sunset, featuring vintage photographs and informative history tidbits and trivia about your favorite coastal vacation spot.

Wrightsville Beach’s newest park, Salisbury Park, is scheduled to make its debut early this summer. The new park will feature a pavilion, play area and upgraded parking for visitors. 

East Salisbury Park Render

Salisbury Park Rendering

Open for Savoring

After a busy day of exciting adventures, wind down alfresco or pick up dinner to-go featuring fare for the whole family. For a casual and kid-friendly meal, the Trolly Stop Wrightsville Beach is the perfect spot. Choose from a selection of five types of hot dogs with more than 1,000 different topping combinations. 

Order takeout or dine on the pier at Oceanic Restaurant, Wrightsville Beach’s only standalone restaurant on the beach, to find coastal favorites from land and sea. Savor local dishes with curbside pickup, or dine on the dock at Dockside Restaurant, a Wrightsville Beach staple for more than 30 years, or enjoy seafood specialties like blackened Mahi tacos and marina views at Bluewater Waterfront Grill


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Put the cherry on top of your family vacation with a tasty treat sure to satisfy the little ones. Cool down with gourmet frozen custard or a banana split on the outdoor patio at Kohl’s Frozen Custard. Or, grab a cone of your favorite flavor at The Original Ice Cream Stand, conveniently located just steps from the ocean on the Wrightsville Beach Loop. 


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Too busy for a week-long vacation? Read our road trip itinerary featuring things to do for a quick getaway to Wrightsville Beach.