From private island excursions to world-class water activities, the opportunities to explore Wrightsville Beach are endless. Whether you are looking to sail through our crystal blue waters or step back in time to discover the area’s history, you’ll find adventure-filled tours and cruises throughout our island town.
Wrightsville Kayak Company offers paddle trip adventures throughout Wrightsville Beach’s waterways. Journey alongside an experienced guide to Shark Tooth Island and hunt for shark teeth and other fossils or discover the story of the infamous pirate Captain Kidd and his lost treasure on the Money Island Buried Treasure tour. For the laid-back adventurer looking to also get their toes in the sand, visit a popular sandbar on the Palm Tree Island tour. If you have ever wondered what it feels like to walk on water, take a paddleboarding lesson with Wrightsville SUP. The outfitter also offers guided kayak and outrigger canoe tours for a closer look at the island’s ecosystems.
Who said adventures can’t have some good eats, too?! Experience a one-of-a-kind day with Epic Excursions on an Oyster Farm Tour & Tasting. Cruise to a local mariculture farm to learn how oysters are harvested, then sample freshly shucked oysters on a nearby private island. Epic Excursions also offers a one-of-a-kind Island Dining Experience, which includes a classic low-country boil elevated chef-prepared cuisine on one of the surrounding islands. Or, go on a guided tour to Masonboro Island Reserve, the longest undisturbed barrier island in southern North Carolina, where you can venture through the salt marshes and inlet on a paddleboard. The tour is perfect for all experience levels!
Capture sunrises, sunsets, shorelines and more magnificent island views with guided expeditions and cruises from Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours and Water Taxi. Cruise around the barrier island that separates the beach from the mainland on the Harbor Tour and learn about the surrounding landmarks or set sail at sunset for a guided evening adventure. The expert guides can also lead the way to Masonboro Island on the Shelling Tour, where participants have the chance to search for unique shells and beach finds like the Scotch Bonnet, North Carolina’s state shell.
Wrightsville Performance Sailing offers unique views of the surrounding waterways on one of its guided sailing tours, including the Private Sunset, Masonboro Island and Performance Sail. Looking to relax and capture the beautiful views of the Carolina coast? Try a private evening sail with Soundside Adventures and watch the sun set over the coastline while taking in the natural scenery aboard the Zoe or Allana. The Island Hopper Cruise visits the area’s numerous private islands like Masonboro Island, as well as the largest sand dune on Money Island.
With space for up to six people, Lah Dee Dah Sunset Cruises is known for its relaxing sunset cruise. Toast with a glass of wine and light hors d’oeuvres on board with an add-on. Or, enjoy the serenity of a private cruise throughout Wrightsville Beach’s waterways with YachtSource, which offers year-round charters and special event sailing on one of four vessels.
Tour Back in Time
Journey back in time to explore the birthplace of surfing in North Carolina at the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History. The beach town’s early history is on display through exhibits and other memorabilia, including the museum’s restored Bordeaux Cottage. Wanting to get some exercise while learning something new? Loop Through History to explore stories, images and other tidbits of history through unique signs placed along “The Loop,” a 2.45-mile sidewalk fitness trail. Signs are posted along the pathway by the Museum on select weekends throughout the year.
From scenic cruises at sunset to exciting excursions and tours of the island’s past, make memories that will last a lifetime on your next vacation and schedule one of the many guided tours and adventures Wrightsville Beach has to offer.