The beaches are the main attraction in Oak Island and Bald Head Island, N.C., for good reason. The clean, wide, uncrowded beaches are perfect for swimming, surfing, walking, surf fishing and relaxing. But don’t think that’s all there is to do in this region. For a day away from the beach, visit Southport. Tour the downtown waterfront area and visit the N.C. Maritime Museum and Waterfront Park, take a carriage ride or walk along the Southport Trail to see 25 historic sites. Nearby, Fort Anderson is an interesting place to visit as well. Oak Island and Bald Head Island both have historic sites to tour as well as nature trails to explore.
The region’s year-round mild weather means that outdoor activities are very popular here. We offer the information you’ll need to get going with watersports, fishing, boating, sailing, golfing and other pursuits. The active crowd will also appreciate our information on the local health club and the many offeringsof the .recreation department.
If you don’t know where to start your visit to this area, our Daytrips section suggests ways to spend a day in Southport, Oak Island and Bald Head Island. If you’re looking for something else to do, peruse our Volunteer Opportunities section, which will help you feel good while helping others. If you’ve fallen in love with someone AND Southport, Oak Island or Bald Head Island, see our Weddings section, which will help you plan one of the best things to do here – get married!