Whoever said beachgoers have to be beach bums? Wrightsville Beach, N.C., has a wide variety of activities for island adventurers looking to hit the beach without giving up their active lifestyles.
Looking for more than a snooze in the sun?
Hit the Loop! This 2.45-mile paved trail that wraps around the island is a popular spot for locals and newcomers to walk, jog, bike and skate. A well-loved fixture of Wrightsville Beach, the Loop is a perfect way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the island and stay active.
Want more than an opportunity to catch up on your summer reading?
How about picking up a new skill at one of the world's top surf towns as recognized by National Geographic? Join both amateurs and experts catching endless waves along the Wrightsville Beach coast. Island surf schools and camps offer group and private lessons for all ages and skills levels, with certified instructors providing a one-of-a-kind experience. The island was even recognized as a "Pioneer in East Coast" surfing and the birthplace of surfing in North Carolina.
Tired of the same old days at the pool?
Switch up the scenery, and paddle board or kayak along the Intracoastal Waterway. With rentals and tours available, you can discover new views with a group or at your own pace. Or travel by sailboat and enjoy a sunset cruise along Banks Channel. You can even try your hand at sailing lessons with an experienced captain at Wrightsville Performance Sailing.
Can't stand to play one more round of Go Fish?
Put down the cards and pick up a rod! With fishing charters and captains for hire year-round, you can fish with the pros and catch your own dinner. Try near-shore fly fishing, go out on a saltwater excursion, or simply cast a line from Johnnie Mercer's Pier, the only concrete fishing pier in North Carolina.
Ready to give your car a rest, too?
Then you came to the right place: most things to do and see at Wrightsville Beach are within walking distance of one another. Or rent a bike from one of the island's outfitters, and explore the terrain on two wheels.
Eager to watch something other than reruns?
Scope out a prime spot to catch one of Wrightsville Beach's famous sunrise or sunsets -- thanks to the island's unique geographic location, the sun rises on the Atlantic Ocean and sets over the Intracoastal Waterway.
With so many water sports and activities to choose from, your trip to Wrightsville Beach is sure to be anything but a typical day at the beach.
This story was written for our sponsor, Wrightsville Beach, NC.