Although outdoor recreation is second to none on Wrightsville Beach, the community offer plenty of opportunities for educational enrichment as well. More than 22,000 local students are served by New Hanover County Schools, the third highest rated school district in the state. For secondary education, residents may attend nearby University of North Carolina at Wilmington where 73 undergraduate degrees, 30 master's degrees and two doctorate degrees are offered.
Newcomers and established residents of Wrightsville Beach have a number of activities to take part in and sites of interest to visit if they're looking to learn more about their unique beach town community. Of course, the major draw to the area is the beach itself, but while you're there, you may want to take a look at Johnny Mercer's Pier, which is situated in the centre of the beach and is considered one of the town's best places to fish. Offshore sport fishing is a major activity with the gulfstream just 50 miles off of Masonboro Inlet. Also, sailing is a major pastime as well with several national regattas held here each year. If you're looking to be one with the waves, surfing is another considerably popular pastime in this community.
Aside from surfing, fishing, and sunbathing on the sandy shores of the beach, residents have plenty of other activities that keep them busy for days on end. If you're looking to take a hike along one of Wrightsville Beach's nature trails, then head to the southern tip of Wrightsville Beach cross over to Masonboro Island. This barrier island is totally undeveloped and accessible by boat only and while you're taking the ride over, you may get a chance to spot the endangered loggerhead sea turtles. If you prefer to take a tour of the surrounding islands, including Masonboro, Wrightsville Beach offers scenic tours and water taxi services—perfect for those who are looking to see the best that the islands have to offer in one fell swoop.
If you're looking to keep your feet dry and want to head out to the green, Wrightsville Beach is within distance to a number of some of the best golf courses and country clubs in this part of the Cape Fear Coast. In fact, Golf Digest has deemed the Cape Fear Coast region as being the eighth "Best Little Golf Town in America" as the area has more than 50 public golf courses within 60 miles! Some nearby golf courses include the Beau Rivage Resort & Golf Club, Echo Farms Golf & Country Club, Wilmington Municipal Golf Course, Porters Neck Country Club, and Inland Green Golf Course.
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