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Each year, more than 5 million families vacation with at least three generations. Vacations are a way to make long-lasting memories and share experiences. They’re the stories you’ll laugh about at the dinner table and the tales you’ll recount to your grandkids.

But finding a destination that satisfies everyone can be a challenge. Children need a variety of activities to keep them busy, while mom and dad may look for a place to rekindle the romance. Different still, grandma and grandpa may want somewhere they can comfortably relax with great views and mild weather. Wrightsville Beach is one location that checks all those boxes and has something for the whole family to enjoy.

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Take advantage of the water. The early risers can take in the sunrise from the shore while the kids burn off their energy on a kayak or paddleboard tour. You can spend the afternoon lazily casting a reel from Johnnie Mercer’s Pier and challenge each other to see who comes up with the biggest catch. Take the crew for a walk along the Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Area, a 300-acre sanctuary for birds, wildlife, and people. If you’d rather explore on two wheels, rent bikes and go for a casual ride along The Loop, a 2.45-mile trail that circumvents the town. To commemorate your trip, document your memories together in a letter you leave in the Wrightsville Beach mailbox (a local landmark). You just may feel inspired to return to relive the experience year after year.

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A variety of accommodations exists at Wrightsville Beach for every style and budget, but a vacation home is ideal for families and large groups. Each family member can have his or her own room while still being under one roof. You can take advantage of the patio for game nights and enjoy fully stocked kitchens to prepare your own breakfast to fuel up for the day.

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Enjoy freshly caught coastal cuisine while listening to the sounds of local bands during the summer at Oceanic Restaurant on Wednesday and Friday nights and Bluewater Waterfront Grill on Sundays. For a special occasion, embark on a dinner cruise with Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours & Water Taxi, which guarantees a tasty meal and incredible sunset views.