Wrightsville Beach, N.C. Top Choice For Summer Family Vacations

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Seaside Town Offers Accessibility And Variety Of Things To Do On-Island With Sun, Fishing, Concerts And Tournaments For People Of All Ages

School's almost out, temperatures are climbing, and a beach vacation never sounded so good. Much more than sand and sun, Wrightsville Beach is a seaside treasure to discover. Infused with a laid-back coastal atmosphere and charming local flair, the shopping, dining and nightlife at the beach and along the scenic Intracoastal Waterway guarantee a seaside experience few other beach destinations can offer. For the best in accessibility, accommodations, amenities, activities, and atmosphere, there's no better place to spend a summer vacation than Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

As North Carolina’s most accessible beach, it is located off I-40 and just 15 minutes from Wilmington. This quaint seaside town packs a punch on value with a variety of accommodations, including beach vacation rentals and full-service hotels with convenient on-site parking and direct beach access, numerous boutique-style and outdoor shopping villages nearby, diverse dining options to suit any taste, and its location on both the Atlantic Ocean and Intracoastal Waterway offers unique views as well as things to do this summer.

Those who enjoy live music have the opportunity to roll out a blanket under the stars and take in some of the area's best performers. From jazz to rock, country to reggae, there's something for everyone to enjoy at Mayfaire's “Music on the Town” Concert Series and Airlie Gardens' Concert Series every Friday and Saturday night. The events begin May 6 and run through October 1. A special concert will be held on September 2 over Labor Day weekend.

The Aquatic Safari Hunt—an underwater Easter egg hunt on a shipwreck—takes place on May 7. Divers will search for hidden numbered tokens on the 400-foot Liberty Ship wreck and head to the Bridge Tender Marina afterward for complimentary hot dogs, chips and drinks. All participants will receive a Safari Hunt T-shirt and the chance to win prizes throughout the day. More information about this event is available at http://www.AquaticSafaris.com.

Wrightsville Beach offers fishermen the opportunity to compete for bragging rights and prizes in both the Post Spring Inshore Challenge on June 3 and June 4, and the Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament from June 29 through July 2. Fifteen thousand dollars in cash and prizes will be awarded after one day of fishing at the Post Spring Inshore Challenge, with no checkouts or boundaries for flounder and Red Drum divisions. A complimentary Captains' Party will take place on June 3 and there will be an awards dinner at Wild Wing Cafe on June 4. To learn more, visit http://www.FishermansPost.com/Tournaments/Inshore-Challenge. The 38th annual Cape Fear Blue Marlin Tournament headquarters and weigh station will take place at the Wrightsville Marina. More information is available at http://www.capefearbluemarlintournament.com.

For more fun in the sun, soak up the rays at this year's Surf-Sun-Sand Volleyball & Bocce Ball Tournament on June 4 and the 7th Annual Reef/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest from July 15 through July 17. The Surf-Sun-Sand competition will have divisions for different skill levels and will host teams of four or six. To learn more and to pre-register for the event, contact Wrightsville Beach Parks & Recreation or visit http://www.TOWB.org.

The 7th annual Reef/Sweetwater Pro-Am Surf Fest—one of the largest surf contests on the East Coast—gives spectators the opportunity to watch some of the world's best professional and amateur surfers. An art and music festival will also take place July 16 at Wrightsville Beach Park as part of the festivities. Visit http://www.WBLiveSurf.com for more information.

With its easy lifestyle, accessibility and so many on-island options of things to do, Wrightsville Beach is the perfect choice for a summer vacation. For more information about Wrightsville Beach and to make summer plans, go to http://www.VisitWrightsville.com. Be sure to stay up-to-date on the latest Wrightsville Beach events on Facebook and Twitter.


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