This fishing pier is a real piece of Americana brought up to date by a renovation several years ago. You can walk out on the pier, go fishing on the pier, eat at the greasy spoon diner (delicious if unhealthy food!) to the accompaniment of a TV permanently tuned to ESPN, shop for beach wear and beach junk at the little store, or--best of all--play pinball on vintage machines. There are also lots of people watching opportunities. The place seems almost timeless and can be enjoyed by people of all ages. I never go to the beach without it.
"The Loop" is a 2 1/2 mile designated area for walking, jogging and bike riding. It is pet friendly and definitely worth checking out. There are small park area's set up along the way to rest if you need to. There seemed to be people on it 24/7. It is a nice way to take in the scenery and enjoy the fresh beach air.
Wasn't too enthused with this.
I should have read the brochures before going.
It was basically an old cottage that someone said "hey let's fill it with beach trivia and call it a museum". And they did.
I guess if you are into that life style, then seeing a half-dozen rooms of someones old furniture and some beach umbrellas and a model of a beach-front hotel is right up your alley.
Just goes to show that you can get nothing for nothing. And you can leave a donation if you want too!
There is so much beautiful scenery within the one mile strip of Wrightsville beach (both on the ocean and the harbor sides) that you can spend several hours and lots of film taking it all in (I know we did).
for those too lazy to walk or bike, you an look at the beach camera:
If it's too rainy, try touring historic Wilmington which is just inland of WB.
Ever seen Dawson's Creek?
Then you've seen a lot of Wilmington as the series was shot there.
Also, check out the battleship USS North Carolina in downtown Wilmington. Lots to do in the area but watch yourself after dark downtown. Lots of bars and the rowdies that come with them once the tourists leave with the sunset.
The surf was nothing to write home about on the day that I visited, but the white sand was impressive and the crowd seemed decidedly family-oriented and laid back.