Oak Island Local Adventures

Step into the enchanting world of Brunswick County, where every moment is woven into a tapestry of local adventures cherished by residents and visitors alike. Here, amid the gentle sway of the palm trees and the soothing sound of the waves, we invite you to discover the beloved attractions that promise unforgettable experiences for explorers of all ages. From the tranquil Atlantic Ocean shoreline of Oak Island to the charming streets of Southport along the Cape Fear River, let us unveil the captivating allure of this coastal east coast haven, inviting you to embark on a journey of discovery and delight.

The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center

Begin your adventure at the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center, an invaluable resource for your journey ahead. Here, friendly and knowledgeable staff eagerly await to equip you with insider tips, guides, and schedules, ensuring your Oak Island exploration is filled with memorable moments and exciting discoveries. From the best spots for dining to hidden gems off the beaten path, the Welcome Center is your gateway to unlocking the secrets of the Oak Island & Southport area.

Oak Island Pier: Where Fishing Meets Spectacular Views

Stretching into the Atlantic Ocean, the Oak Island Pier stands as an iconic symbol of the island’s charm. A beloved spot for anglers and sightseers alike, the pier offers not just fishing opportunities but also spectacular panoramic views of the coastline. As you cast your line into the sparkling waters or simply stroll along the pier, immerse yourself in the serene beauty of the surrounding ocean. And when the sun begins its descent, the pier transforms into a magical spot for capturing breathtaking photos and creating lasting memories with loved ones.

Oak Island Lighthouse

No visit to Oak Island is complete without a journey to the majestic Oak Island Lighthouse, standing tall as a beacon of maritime history. Climb the 131 steps to the top for unparalleled views of Oak Island and beyond. Learn about the rich maritime heritage of the region at the adjacent museum and visitor center, where captivating exhibits showcase the fascinating stories of the lighthouse keepers and the countless shipwrecks along the coast. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a unique vantage point to admire the coastal beauty, the Oak Island Lighthouse promises an unforgettable experience for all. You can visit https://vimeo.com/310651150 to watch the PROACTIVE Real Estate Oak Island Lighthouse documentary or http://www.oakislandlighthouse.org/ to plan your tour to the top.

Fort Johnston-Southport Museum & Visitors’ Center

Looking to brush off the sand and go on a day trip? Take a short drive over to historic Southport and visit Fort Johnston-Southport Museum & Visitors’ Center, overlooking the Cape Fear River. Fort Johnston, originally built by the British in 1749, offers a glimpse into Southport’s rich maritime history. Explore the exhibits showcasing historic documents and artifacts, and don’t forget to pick up a map of past filming locations to discover Hollywood connections nearby. With its intriguing displays and fascinating stories, Fort Johnston-Southport Museum & Visitor Center is a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and curious travelers alike. For more information visit their website!

Southport / Fort Fisher Ferry 

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Getting there is half the fun! Plan a ferry ride from Southport to Fort Fisher and enjoy a scenic journey across the Cape Fear River. On the other side, jump back into your car and visit nearby Kure Beach, Atlantic Beach and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, a captivating destination for visitors of all ages. Explore fascinating exhibits showcasing diverse marine life, from playful river otters to majestic sharks and colorful reef inhabitants. Whether you’re seeking adventure, education, or relaxation, the aquarium and its surrounding attractions provide a memorable experience! Make sure to visit this link for all the events happening your stay.

Bald Head Island Ferry

Bald Head Island

Take a day trip to Bald Head Island, where the ferry ride is an adventure in itself! Once you are on the ferry, you can choose to sit inside or outside or outside for spectacular views from the Cape Fear River looking back toward Southport & Oak Island Lighthouse, and keep an eye out for dolphins! When you arrive onto Bald Head Island, rent bikes or a golf cart and explore this tranquil island where cars are not allowed. Drive through the Bald Head Island Maritime Forest Preserve and enjoy the cool breeze as you drive (or bike!) through the tunnel of oak trees. You may choose to simply walk around the marina, shop & grab lunch, then visit The Old Baldy Lighthouse by making your way across an iconic bridge over the marsh or follow the paved roads until you reach the base of the lighthouse. Season permitting, you can climb all 108 steps to the very top of Old Baldy Lighthouse offering a 360-degree panoramic view of the island is simply breathtaking! It’s definitely worth the workout. After that, choose any of the 20+ beach access points and relax by the ocean as long as you’d like. Just be sure to check the ferry schedule to be sure you don’t miss your ride back to Southport!

Battleship North Carolina

Although not technically one of the Oak Island local adventures, just a short drive to Wilmington will lead you to the Battleship North Carolina, a must-see World War II memorial. Honoring the 11,000 North Carolinians who gave their lives in World War II, the Battleship North Carolina is a true part of American history. Put on your walking shoes and explore the nine levels of the ship, now open to the public. With its immersive exhibits and fascinating artifacts, the Battleship North Carolina offers a journey through time that’s both educational and inspiring. For more information and pricing, visit this link.

Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson

If you’re a history buff, Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson is the perfect destination for you and your family. Founded in 1726, Brunswick Town offers a glimpse into colonial life on the Cape Fear River. In 1861, Fort Anderson was built on the same ground as part of the river defense of Wilmington, NC. Visitors can explore the remains of these two distinct periods of American history, from the colonial era to the Civil War. With its fascinating exhibits and well-preserved ruins, Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson provide a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience the rich heritage of the region. Make sure you visit their website to plan your visit!

Explore The Best of Oak Island

Embark on family-friendly adventures that promise fun and excitement for everyone. Tee off at the Oak Island Golf Club for a round of golf amidst scenic coastal landscapes. Take a leisurely bike ride along the island’s picturesque trails or rent kayaks to explore the tranquil creeks and tidal marshes teeming with wildlife. End your day with a relaxing picnic at one of Oak Island’s waterfront parks, where you can unwind and create cherished memories with your loved ones. From iconic landmarks to hidden gems, Oak Island offers a wealth of attractions waiting to be explored. So pack your bags, plan your itinerary, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure on Oak Island NC!

Ready to plan your perfect Oak Island vacation? Check out great planning tips and local advice within our local blog HERE. After you have the perfect plan, it’s time to book! View our full property list HERE or give us a call (910-842-1550) get started on your next  adventure.


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