Our Favorite Wilmington, NC Parks

“It’s very important to take care of yourself. Everyone’s lives are so busy. Take at least an hour a day to recharge and do whatever makes you better. For grown-ups, whether it’s a spa, sitting in a park with a book, or coffee, take time for yourself.” – Ana Ivanovic

Now more than ever, it is important to take care of ourselves and luckily for us, we live in the perfect area for enjoying the outdoors and recharging in paradise.  We have so many great parks that it’s hard to choose our favorite, but we have narrowed it down to our top three!

 Wrightsville Beach Park is one of our favorites for fun in the sun by the beach.  Surrounded by water and with incredible views, Wrightsville Beach Park is enjoyable for everyone in the family.  The elaborate playground area provides activities for all age ranges and even a handicap accessible swing with wheelchair access.  There is a basketball court, 3 volleyball pits, soccer fields and even tennis and pickleball courts!   Need a break from the heat?  Walk over to the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History and get a dose of local history…and some a/c!  With plenty of amenities including public restrooms and vending machines, spending a day at Wrightsville beach is a walk in the park!

“You can’t tell a kid that it’s time to exercise; that’s a turn off…you have to say, “Let’s go to the park and have some fun! Then you get them to do some running, play on the swings, practice on the balance beam, and basically get a full workout disguised as play.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Having trouble getting your children motivated to get out and get some exercise?  Well, we have the answer for you…and it’s at Ogden Park!

Fun is not just limited to the amazing playground, there is entertainment for all ages.  Get your own exercise in on the one mile walking trail and exercise station while the kids (and sporty adults) make use of the tennis courts, baseball fields, soccer/football fields and a state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot skate park!  Even the family dog will get his steps in for the day at the off-leash dog park.

Recently transformed from Castle Hayne Park into Northern Regional Park, this is our favorite spot for disc golf.  And with a nationally recognized 18 hole disc-golf course, who could blame us?  The park also features two picnic shelters with electricity- each seating 45 people and perfect for birthday parties or family reunions.  The multi-age playground is great for children of all skill levels.  Prefer Pickleball to disc golf?  Well, you’re in luck!  There are 6 lighted pickleball courts!  Not to mention a baseball practice field and four lighted multi-purpose fields.  No wonder it made the top 3 list! 

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