Courtesy of Cape Fear Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau Wrightsville Beach, a popular surfing spot, has a number of camps that offer instruction on the finer points of catching a wave.

Family Vacations: Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach is known as the premier family beach town on the popular Cape Fear coastline of North Carolina. Located about 15 minutes from historic and activity-filled Wilmington, this peaceful seaside community has a small-island feel and miles of pure white sand. Accommodations are in cottages, condominiums, a couple of resort hotels, or simple and comfortable motels.

At Johnnie Mercer's Pier, drop a fishing line for sea trout and flounder. Crabbing on the beach is also a popular pastime. Many families enjoy swimming at the beaches between this pier and Crystal Pier, which are patrolled by lifeguards all summer long.

The Wrightsville area is considered one of the best surfing spots on the east coast, and kids of all ages can take lessons at several surf camps. Boogie boarding and windsurfing are popular, too. Paddlers can take a marked 14-mile kayak and canoe trail that winds throughout the island's marshes. Most of the public beaches have beach volleyball courts, and Wrightsville Beach Park has a children's playground.

Wrightsville Beach Information

Telephone: 877/406-2356

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:
  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • North Carolina State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in North Carolina, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country. 

ABOUT THE AUTHORLaura Sutherland is a widely acknowledged authority on family travel and has published several books on the topic, including Best Family Ski Vacations In North America and Tropical Family Vacations.