Wrightsville Beach is the closest beach to Wilmington NC. It is also close to Carolina Beach. It is the oldest resort town in NC having been developed in 1853 under the name of the Banks Today, Wrightsville Beach is heavily developed. During the tourist season, beaches are crowded. Likewise, off season the beaches are not so crowded.
Wrightsville Beach has a visitor's center, a convention center and an airport. It is on an island connected to the mainland via a bridge.
There is a fishing fleet. You can rent a charter boat or a head boat to go deep sea fishing.
Wrightsville Beach Park has tennis courts, trails and a playground.
Downtown Wrightsville Beach, has a 2.5 mile path for biking, skating, walking or jogging.
Area attractions include Airlie gardens, Deep Sea Fishing, Golf Course, Sailing, Boating, Cameron Museum of Art, Cape Fear Museum, Cotton Exchange, and Henrietta Cruise Ship.
The Wrightsville Beach Museum of History located at West Salisbury Street is the oceanfront cottage of John Quince Myers. It was built over 100 years ago. Exhibits vary. It is the 4th oldest cottage in state. There are artifacts and a scale model of town of 1910.
The Beach here is wide and flat. The waves are gentle. It is a favored resort for families with small children. The oceanfront is easily accessible.
Public boating access at Wrightsville Beach has parking, fishing and wetlands.
Wrightsville Beach and nearby Shell Island has a fee, parking, showers, beach access, handicapped accessible, fishing, dunes.
There are two fishing piers in the area. Johnnie Mercer Fishing Pier is located just south of Regional Access at Salisbury Street. Oceanic (Crystal) Fishing Pier is located just north of regional access Lumina Avenue. There is a Wrightsville Beach King Mackerel tournament held here too.
Wrightsville Beach charges for public parking. Bring lots of quarters to feed the meters.
Regional access to the beaches at Lumina Ave has a fee, parking, restrooms, showers, beach access, gazebo, handicapped accessible, fishing, and dunes.
Regional access to the beaches at Salisbury St. (end of US 74) has a fee, parking, restrooms, gazebo, showers, beach access, handicapped accessible, fishing, and dunes.
Regional access to the beaches at North Lumina on Shell Island has a fee, parking (limited), restrooms, showers, beach access and handicapped accessible.
Regional Access to the beaches at Moore's Inlet Street has a fee, parking, restrooms, showers, beach access, handicapped accessible, fishing and dunes.
Masonboro Island Research Reserve has beach access, hiking, boating, fishing, dunes, upland and wetlands.
US Coast Guard Station is near Masonboro Inlet.
Boating access is maintained by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission on the Intracoastal Waterway at Wrightsville Beach across from the US 74/76 drawbridge.
With advanced notice, Wrightsville Beach will loan a beach wheelchair. You must contact the parks and recreation department for this service.