Parks & Recreation



Wrightsville Beach Parks and Recreation is continually seeking opportunities to enhance the park settings and to maximize recreational opportunities. We strive to provide services and leisure opportunities that will contribute significantly toward the physical, social and emotional well being of the community. Click here to read more about the history of Parks & Recreation.

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Parking at the Wrightsville Beach Municipal Complex
March 1st - October 31st

Paid parking is enforced from March 1st through October 31st, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily at the rate of $5.00 per hour.  However, the first two hours of parking are free in the Municipal Complex which includes Wrightsville Beach Park, Town Hall, the Wrightsville Beach Museum, and the Visitor Center.  You must enter your tag/plate number at the Pay-By-Plate kiosk or through Text2Park (click here for Text2Park instructions) and choose the two hour free option to take advantage of the two free hours. The kiosks are located by the softball field, park restroom/tennis court area, across from the main entrance of Town Hall, and at the Museum and Visitor Center (see map). If you select more than two hours, you will not be charged for the first two hours. If you select two hours or less, but find you will be staying longer, you may return to the kiosk and obtain another two free hours. You cannot obtain another two free hours through Text2Park. Wrightsville Beach Residents may display their residential hang tag in lieu of Pay-By-Plate or Text2Park.

If you hold a reservation for facility use in Wrightsville Beach Park, you are entitled to use the Event Parking Lot as indicated on the map (link below). This area is not a pay-to-park area and you do not need to enter your tag/plate number at the Pay-By-Plate kiosk or Text2Park. If you choose to park in a paid parking lot, you will be required to pay for parking as described above, even with a facility reservation.

Click here for a map of the parking areas and pay stations in the Municipal Complex.

More Information and Recreational Opportunities

Planning an event on Wrightsville Beach? Planned outdoor group activities, such as weddings, sporting events, meetings, organized entertainment or celebrations on Wrightsville Beach public property require a Special Event Permit.
The John Nesbitt Loop, better known as "The Loop", is a 2.45 mile loop around the heart of Wrightsville Beach.  This sidewalk trail offers scenic views, restrooms located in Wrightsville Beach Park, water fountains, pet water fountains, and pet waste disposal bags.  Come enjoy the outdoors with a walk or run along the ever popular Loop!
The award-winning Harbor Island Garden Club is actively involved in community beautification and environmental improvements throughout Wrightsville Beach.  Visit the Club's website to learn how you too can become involved and help support their efforts. 

The North Carolina Holiday Flotilla is scheduled for Saturday, November 26, 2022!  We're looking forward to an exciting Thanksgiving weekend of activities including the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 25th, Flotilla Day in the Park on Saturday, November 26th followed by the Flotilla Boat Parade and Fireworks!  It will be a grand holiday weekend!
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