Whether hunting for the perfect seashell, taking surfing lessons, fishing off of Johnnie Mercer's Pier or running the Loop, Wrightsville Beach is home to a variety of activities. Just over the drawbridge, Wilmington - also known as the Port City - is also home to an abundance of things to see and do. Here are just a few of our favorite activities:
The John Nesbitt loop is a scenic 2.45 mile sidewalk pathway popular with Wrightsville Beach locals. The Loop is fun for all ages, and pets are welcome. Located along the trail are three doggy fountains, benches and drinking fountains. Pet owners are required to clean up after pets. Enjoy the views of the Inter Coastal while getting some fresh air.
Wrightsville Beach Museum of History
Open Tuesday-Sunday at 303 W. Salisbury Street in Wrightsville Beach is a free museum of history that showcases a scale model of Wrightsville Beach, circa 1910! Other exhibits include our hurricane history, and the interaction of our natural environment with people on the Island.
A landmark of Wrightsville beach, Redix has been a fixture of our island since 1969. The shop has everything you will need for a fun time in the sun from beach chairs to sun dresses.
South End Surf Shop
Hang ten! If you're a bit more adventurous, South Side Surf Shop has partnered with Shell Island to provide surf board, paddle board, and kayak rentals. You can rent these items through Shell Island at the Tiki Hut on property, but the shop itself also carries hats, cover ups, bathing suits, and more.
Virtual Tours of Wilmington
The Virtual Tour at our website and many of the beautiful hotel photos were provided by Jay Curley at Virtual Tours of Wilmington. Check out what they can do for you!