Attractions & Points of Interest surrounding Southport & Brunswick County

 
New Hanover, Brunswick & Columbus Counties:: Attractions & Points of Interest usually within 1-1/2 hr. drive, excluding any ferry crossing times.



Cape Fear Fishing Tournament Calendar

Events and Tournaments
Offshore and inshore tournaments. Surf fishing.


Airlie Gardens
Wilmington
Airlie Gardens offers tranquility and natural delights all year long. Take a meandering stroll back in time among towering ancient oaks, southern magnolia and native palms. Wander along freshwater lakes, spying on tree-perched egrets and gracefully circling swans. Catch the sunset over scenic Bradley Creek and its ever-changing salt marsh. Airlie dazzles in spring when 27,000 flowering bulbs and over 250,000 azaleas create a festive garden party followed by the Airlie Arts Festival artists displaying their own riot of color and form. Summertime and the living is easy listening to jazz and folk music at the Airlie Concert Series. Autumn draws the community back to the garden for a low country tradition – the Oyster Roast. Finally, the New Year arrives as hundreds of antique camellias get ready to show off their exquisite flowers. Airlie Gardens

Arboretum at the New Hanover County Cooperative
Wilmington
Over 4,000 species of native and naturalized plants are at the New Hanover County Arboretum for the public's enjoyment. Our paved walks wind throughout 32 gardens on seven acres. Plants are contributed by the North Carolina State Arboretum, National Arboretum, local nurseries and residents, or purchased by the arboretum foundation. gardeningnhc.org

Bald Head Island > 'Old Baldy' Light
Bald Head Island
Location: BALD HEAD ISLAND/CAPE FEAR RIVER. National Maritime Initiative Inventory of Historic Light Stations more...

Brunswick Town State Historic Site / Fort Anderson
Winnabow
Archaeological excavations have unearthed the colonial port town of Brunswick. These excavations are exposed for viewing as well as a visitor center complete with audio visual programming, exhibits, and artifacts. See the extravagant St. Philips Anglican Church walls, as well as a nearby graveyard where many prominent citizens of the 18th century are buried. The 19th century confederate fortification - Fort Anderson is well preserved. Here you will see the large gun platforms which supported Anderson's heavy guns. Visitor center exhibits as well as outdoor exhibits bring to life these two periods of history. A major pre-Revolutionary port on North Carolina's Cape Fear River, Brunswick was razed by British troops in 1776 and never rebuilt. During the Civil War, Fort Anderson was constructed atop the old village site. Colonial foundations dot the present-day tour trail, which crosses the earthworks of the Confederate fort. This serene riverside setting, along with colonial and Civil War history and visitor center exhibits make for a memorable outing. NCDCR

Brunswick County Botanical Gardens
Bolivia
www.ces.ncsu.edu/brunswick

Bald Head Woods Coastal Reserve
Bald Head Island
ncnerr.org nature.org

Bald Head Island
Bald Head Island
A ferry accessed island offering 14 miles of secluded beaches, 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, croquet greenswards, swimming complex, children's programs, and a wide variety of vacation home rentals, restaurants and a protected full-service marina. baldheadisland.com

Burgwin-Wright House Museum and Gardens
Wilmington
The Burgwin-Wright House is the oldest house museum in Southeastern North Carolina, built in 1770 by John Burgwin, planter, merchant, and treasurer of the colony of Carolina. The house was occupied as a residence until 1937 when The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the state of North Carolina bought it to restore. In 1950 it opened to the public as a house museum interpreting Wilmington's colonial elite. This Georgian style townhouse was built in 1770 for John Burgwin, merchant, planter and colonial official. Beautifully restored and decorated with furnishings of the 18th and early 19th centuries, the Burgwin-Wright House is the oldest museum house in Southeastern North Carolina. It is graced by handsome gardens. A formal, or parterre garden, a terraced garden and an orchard all featuring appropriate plants and trees. Behind this fine colonial home there is a free standing building which houses the kitchen and craft room. Open hearth demonstrations of colonial cooking are presented monthly in the outside kitchen. Burgwin-Wright House

Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts
Wilmington
The Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts, a stewardship property of Preservation North Carolina, exhibits and interprets the architecture of the Bellamy Mansion and its urban slave quarters. The home is also used for rotating arts exhibits and a variety of educational programs. Built as the city residence of prominent planter Dr. John D. Bellamy, the Bellamy Mansion (c. 1861) is Wilmington's most spectacular example of antebellum architecture. The mansion offers tours, changing exhibits on history and design arts, and an informative look at historic preservation in action. Interpretive programs include the construction of the main house (by slave and free African Americans), archaeological research and the planned reconstruction of the 1859 slave quarters and the carriage house. Civil War: At the outbreak of the war, Wilmington was the largest city in North Carolina with a population of about 10,000. As the Union blockade choked off shipping to Southern ports, the city became critically important to the Confederate war effort. Blockade runners were able to slip into the mouth of the Cape Fear River protected by a series of forts, including the ocean-side Fort Fisher. World commerce flowing into Wilmington was used to fuel Lee's army in Virginia via the Wilmington and Weldon Railroad with connections to Petersburg and Richmond. ''Lee's Lifeline'' functioned until early 1865 when Union forces captured Fort Fisher, then marched north to occupy Wilmington. Many fine antebellum buildings, including the Bellamy Mansion, are included in a town tour. For more information, stop at the Cape Fear Museum or call 800-222-4757 for general information. Bellamy Mansion

Battleship North Carolina
Wilmington
The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is the state's memorial to her World War II veterans, an attraction, and a museum interpreting all ships named NORTH CAROLINA. The first ship to bear the name NORTH CAROLINA was the Ship-of-the-Line in the 1820s, followed by the Confederate Ironclad, the World War I-era Armored Cruiser, a never-completed post-World War I Battleship, and, finally, the World War II-era Battleship. Standing with quiet dignity and majesty across from historic downtown Wilmington, the Battleship North Carolina beckons visitors to walk her decks and envision daily life as well as fierce combat situations that her veterans faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. Collections include not only the ship herself, but also many artifacts, documents, photographs and works of art. On tour since 1941! Step on board where history took place. Experience the thrill of the most decorated US battleship of WWII with 15 battle stars! Come aboard and explore nine decks, crew's quarters, gun turrets, and much more. This is a tour you won't want to miss! Located at the junction of highways 17/74/76/421 across from historic downtown Wilmington. Hours: Open Every Day! Battleship North Carolina

Atlantic Ocean Resort Beaches of the Cape Fear Coast
Wrightsville Beach ,Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Bald Head Island, Oak Island ,Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach


Cape Fear Museum of History & Science
Wilmington
Oldest history museum in NC; focus on regional history, cultures, and science; Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery focuses on natural history. Extensive Civil War collection features Wilmington waterfront as it was in 1863 and diorama of 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher, 1865. The Cape Fear Museum collects, preserves, and interprets objects relating to the history, science and cultures of the lower Cape Fear and makes those objects and their interpretations available to the public through educational exhibitions and programs. Exhibits focus on a broad range of topics including the history of Wilmington, navigation, the Civil War, local industry and agriculture, Michael Jordan and other local celebrities, and the natural history of the region. Temporary and rotating exhibits highlight numerous other subjects of interest and allow the museum to display a variety of their interesting holdings and also to feature loaned items from the community and beyond. Cape Fear Museum

Cotton Exchange
Wilmington
8 graciously restored, turn of the century buildings connected by brick walkways, open air courtyards, a walk of fame housing 33 unique, specialty shops. Overlooks the Cape Fear River in Historic Downtown Wilmington, plenty of free parking. Cotton Exchange

Cameron Art Museum
Wilmington
The Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum, a leading center for the visual arts in southeastern North Carolina, formerly St. John's Museum of Art, is located at the intersection of Independence Blvd. and 17th Street in Wilmington, NC. This 42,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, designed by noted architect Charles Gwathmey, features a permanent collection of North Carolina and American art from the 18th century to the present... > Cameron Art Museum

Cape Fear Riverboats - Henrietta III
Wilmington
Henrietta III, riverboat offers narrated sightseeing; dinner cruises & holiday cruises on the Cape Fear River. Available for private charters and weddings. Capt. J.N. Maffitt, a vintage World War II Navy Launch, offers public sightseeing cruises and a taxi service from the city-side of the river to the Battleship North Carolina. Also available for private charter. ## Sightseeing and dining cruises on North Carolina's largest riverboat. Dinner dance cruises, narrated sightseeing and lunch cruises, private year round parties, special event cruises and sunset cruises. Cape Fear River Cruises

Cape Fear River
Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Bald Head Island, Oak Island, Southport, Wilmington


Carolina Beach State Park
Carolina Beach
The Carolina Beach State Park Visitor Center and Exhibit Hall, located by the entrance to the park, offers environmental education programs and exhibits. The interactive maps and exhibits highlight the park's flora and fauna, but focus specifically on the carnivorous plants that are unique to their area. Spot the rare Venus flytrap and other species of plants. Wind your way through habitats along intriguing trails or enjoy fishing and boating. Covers 712 acres with five miles of hiking trails, and boat ramps, slips and fuel dock. Campsites, picnic areas, group camping. Free. Fee for camping, ramps and slips. Carolina Beach State Park

Carolina Beach Lake Park
Carolina Beach
A lovely setting for a picnic and the site of Pleasure Island's annual ''Light up the Lake'' celebration during the holiday season. 11-acre lake with four gazebos, playground and picnic area. carolinabeach.org/pages/parks_rec.html

Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve
Southport
175 acre coastal forest nature preserve located in a rural setting of Brunswick County. Boardered by Town Creek, Ev-Henwood posesses outstanding natural and cultural resources native plants and animals can be observed and enjoyed while walking seven miles of maintained trails. uncwil.edu/arboretum/evhen.html

Fort Anderson / Brunswick Town
Wilmington, Southport
Civil War: Brunswick Town - Fort Anderson State Historic Site

Franklin Square Gallery
Southport
Community gallery featuring original paintings, prints, and pottery by local artists. Art instruction, exhibits, and sales. Franklin Square Gallery

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area Visitors Center
Kure Beach
The Fort Fisher State Recreation Area's Visitor Center Collection includes loggerhead and other turtle shells, seashells, taxidermy mounts of native ducks and other birds, and a variety of other natural history and science specimens. This growing collection is housed and exhibited in the visitor center classroom. Four miles and 288 acres of undeveloped beach. Swimming area and concession stand Memorial Day-Labor Day. Nesting area for loggerhead sea turtles and nesting waterbirds. Hiking trails. Licensed four-wheel-drive vehicles may travel on the beach in designated areas for access to excellent surf fishing. A regional public beach access with restrooms, showers, and refreshment stand. Offers educational nature programs. Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher State Historic Site
Kure Beach
Fort Fisher Historic Site preserves, educates and interprets for public benefit the history and structure of Fort Fisher and its significance to the outcome of the Civil War. The visitor center features exhibits on the Civil War, local figures, and a fiber optics map illustrating the Battle of Fort Fisher. It also interprets Fort Fisher's history during World War II, as well as educates on coastline erosion and environmental issues. The earthworks can be accessed from the visitor center and are interpreted year round, including the reenactment of the Battle of Fort Fisher.## At the dawn of the Civil War, the Confederacy took control of a neck of land in Southern North Carolina near the mouth of the Cape Fear River and constructed what was to become the largest and one of the most important earthwork fortifications in the South. Approximately 10% of Fort Fisher remains, along with a restored palisade fence. The visitor center contains interpretive exhibits and an audiovisual presentation. Among the displays are items recovered from sunken blockade-runners. State headquarters for underwater archaeology is also located here. Free. ## Civil War: Confederate fort built between the ocean and the Cape Fear River, guarding the approach to Wilmington. Only about 10 percent of the original fort remains, but what is left is impressive. A visitor center describes the importance of the fort and the battles that eventually resulted in the Union capture Jan. 15, 1865. The visitor center offers a bookshop, audio-visual program, and newly refurbished exhibits tracing the history of the campaign and battles. The centerpiece of the exhibits is a large fiber-optic battle map featuring a three dimensional model of Fort Fisher, thousands of moving lights, and dramatic narration and sound effects illustrating the final bloody hours of Fort Fisher. A tour trail circles the fort's massive remains. A restored gun emplacement at Shepherd's Battery features a fully operational replica of a 32-pdr. seacoast cannon. Wayside exhibits, placed along the tour trail and oceanfront, provide historical context for visitors. Battle Acre features a monument to soldiers who fought here. Also see ''Hidden Beneath the Waves,'' a pavilion exhibit featuring recovered and preserved artifacts from local shipwrecks (including Civil War era) Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area
Kure Beach
Recreation Area, designed to provide a pleasant, relaxing get away for authorized Department of Defense personnel. Additionally, during non-summer months, we support official training in a partnership with the on-site North Carolina National Guard Training Center. ftfishermilrec.com

Freeman Park Recreation Area
Carolina Beach
North end of Carolina Beach. Permits are required, $40 annual or $10 day. Must have four wheel drive vehicle to navigate through the sand. carolinabeach.org/pages/parks_rec.html

Greenfield Park and Gardens
Wilmington
A 158 acre city park, lake, many cypress trees, playgrounds, paddleboat, canoes, picnicking areas off South 3rd Street. Famous for the Azalea displays during the Azalea Festival. Considered one of the finest municipal gardens in the South. wilmington.nc.us

Ghost Walk of Old Wilmington
Wilmington
Join locally renowned actors and ghost hunters on a 90-minute journey into the depths of Haunted Old Wilmington. Stroll along 270 year old alleyways and streets beneath a canopy of centuries old live oaks and hear the woeful tales of the most unfortunate wretches whose poor lost souls still linger here. Share in the most recent encounters with these spirits, including the many confrontations on recent tours, and discover why Wilmington is considered the most actively haunted city in America. It's a journey you won't soon forget. hauntedwilmington.com

Hollywood Location Walk of Old Wilmington
Wilmington
Is your life dull? Well not anymore, because we're rewriting the script! Join an entertaining and self-important Director on a 90 minute name dropping, movie and TV extravaganza into one of America's largest living film sets. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and if you ever want to work in this town again, you'll do it on cue! With 400+ movie credits Wilmington is Hollywood East! It's Three Thumbs Up! HollywoodNC.com

Halyburton Memorial Park
Wilmington
Halyburton Memorial Park contains a 58-acre nature preserve, a 1.5 mile walking and biking trail, picnic shelters and playground equipment, and a unique environmental education and events center. halyburtonpond.com

Herbert Bluethenthal Memorial Wildflower Preserve
Wilmington
Located on the campus of UNC Wilmington, the Herbert Bluethenthal Memorial Wildflower Preserve consists of approximately 10 areas of land. The site chosen for the Preserve includes a wide variety of plant communities which are representative of much of the greater southeastern North Carolina Region. The Preserve is open to the public during day;light hours every day of the week including weekends, and visitors are welcome. Parking id available, and a short wooded trail leads to the Preserve entrance. Once inside the Preserve, visitors will find marked trails and benches at convenient locations. Pamphlets, available at the Preserve entrance, describe many of the plants and plant communities. . The Preserve is dedicated to the preservation of the rich and varied flora of southeastern North Carolina and has been designed to provide a place of contentment and pleasure for those who enjoy and appreciate our native plants. uncw.edu/arboretum/bluethen.html

Historic Wilmington Carriage Tours
Wilmington
Narrated horse-drawn trolley and carriage tours of historic Wilmington. Costumed driver enlightens you to the ways and customs of Old Wilmington. April through October; Monday-Saturday 10am-10pm & Sunday 11am-4pm: November, December & March; Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm; Sunday 11am-4pm; January & February please call. Water & Market Streets, downtown. Adults $11, children under 12 $5. No reservations, first come first serve. horsedrawntours.com

Hurricane Fleet
Calabash
Scenic Cruises & Sightseeing. Deep sea fishing- open boat & charters. Deep sea sport fishing. Hurricane Fishing Fleet

Intracoastal Waterway
Camden County, Elizabeth City, Currituck County, Hyde County, Belhaven, Oriental, Morehead City, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Swansboro, Sneads Ferry, North Topsail Beach, Surf City, Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Southport, Oak Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach


Ingram Planetarium
Sunset Beach
Ingram Planetarium presents science and planetarium programs year-round. A popular show is The SkyTonight with telescope viewing afterward with weather permitting. Check website or call for details. Ingram Planetarium

Indigo Farms Produce & Garden Center
Calabash
Night time hayrides are available by reservation on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights during October & November. Additional products and services include school tours of farms and animals in spring and fall with hay rides. You can pick strawberries and blueberries when in season. Products include asparagus, apples, beets, broccoli, beans, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, greens, lettuce, pears, peaches, peas, spinach, squash, strawberries, sweet corn, tomatoes, and watermelons. ncagr.com/NCproducts/ShowSite.asp?ID=1909

Lake Waccamaw State Park
Lake Waccamaw
One of the most unique bodies of water in the world. Animals found nowhere else on earth, rare plants and endangered animals. Boating (no ramp in park, two nearby), fishing and picnicking. Free. Fee for camping. Lake Waccamaw State Park

Latimer House Museum and Gardens
Wilmington
Zebulon Latimer was a prosperous Wilmington businessman who married a local belle, Elizabeth Savage. When they built their 1852 home, they built it in the popular Victorian Italiante style. It was home to three generations of the Latimers until 1963 when the house became an historical museum and home to the Lower Cape Fear Historical Society. Both the interior and exterior of the home closely resemble its original appearance and period furnishings, artwork and portraits of the Latimer family give the house a ''lived in'' feeling. In the main house, visitors are guided through all 4 floors. In the gardens you find the servants quarters. ## The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society was founded in 1957 to preserve and study the history of the Lower Cape Fear region. The articles of incorporation state, "This corporation is organized to be operated exclusively for literary and educational purposes. To this end said corporation shall collect and preserve records and materials and disseminate knowledge and information pertaining to the history of the Lower Cape Fear, State of North Carolina, and the United States of America." The Society's activities include restoration and exhibition of the Latimer House, a Victorian Italianate upper-class merchant's house in the heart of Wilmington's Historic District; the upkeep of the Society archives containing a wealth of local historic documents and publications; and a plethora of events, latimerhouse.org

Museum of Coastal Carolina
Ocean Isle Beach
The Museum of Coastal Carolina is a natural history museum. Newest exhibit is a touch tank with live sea animals. Permanent exhibits include extensive collections of seashells, saltwater fish, birds, wetland animals, sea animals, live snakes, animal skins, Native American artifacts, and Civil War relics. Natural habitat settings include the Swamp, The Reef, and Waterfowl. Traveling exhibits include Tale of Loggerhead Turtle and The Great Bears. Party and Event Rooms. Gift Shop. ## The Museum of Coastal Carolina is dedicated to presenting the natural history and cultural heritage of the coastal Carolinas, an area rich in wildlife and history. Exhibits depict the precious diversity of wildlife and habitat, providing an exciting and educational experience. Museum Of Coastal Carolina

Myrtle Head Savannah Preserve
Brunswick County
nature.org

Masonboro Island Coastal Estuarine Reserve
Wrightsville Beach
Evidence strongly suggests that the first stretch of the continental American Coastline ever spotted and described by European explorers was the 8-mile long beach now called Masonboro Island. Masonboro is the largest undisturbed barrier island along the southern part of North Carolina's coast. Masonboro Island Coastal Estuarine Reserve

North Carolina Museum of Forestry
Whiteville
The Museum celebrates the natural history and cultural heritage of North Carolina's forests and forestry through interpretive and interactive exhibits, educational programming and the preservation of natural and man-made materials that demonstrate the on-going relationships of forests and people. naturalsciences.org

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport
Southport
The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport houses a collection of memorabilia and a research library pertaining to the vast nautical history of the Lower Cape Fear area of southeastern North Carolina. ## Preserves the rich maritime heritage of Southport and the lower Cape Fear area. Exhibits, artifacts, programs and research library. NC Maritime Museum - Southport

North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve
Wilmington
recreation.gov noaa.gov

NC Military History Museum
Kure Beach
The North Carolina Military History Museum collects, interprets and attempts to preserve yearbooks, histories, photographs, uniforms and artifacts related to United States military activity from the Spanish American War to the present day. The focus is especially on North Carolina's contribution to all branches of the military in the twentieth century. ncmhs.net/NCHMSlocations.htm

NC Underwater Archaeology Center
Kure Beach
The Underwater Archeology Branch excavates and surveys shipwrecks and other underwater archaeological sites throughout the state. The branch also coordinates ongoing recovery and restoration projects, such as the Queen Anne's Revenge ## The Underwater Archaeology section of the NC Division of Archives and History operates this small museum with exhibits on maritime history featuring artifacts uncovered in underwater explorations dating from prehistoric(Native American) to the Civil War and the present. NCDCR (1) NCDCR (2)

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Kure Beach
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, one of three aquariums operated by the state of North Carolina, was established in 1976 to promote an awareness, understanding, appreciation, and conservation of the diverse natural and cultural resources associated with North Carolina's ocean, estuaries, rivers, streams, and other aquatic environments. Non-living special collection materials include a growing collection of original bronze sculptures depicting marine and aquatic subjects, several works by sculptor Michael Van Houten, many lithographs, prints and posters, and research library focusing on marine education and conservation. ••• The 93,000-sq.ft state-owned aquarium showcases plants and animals of the Cape Fear River, swamps, estuaries, beaches and ocean. A half-acre freshwater conservatory, a touchpool, large ocean tank with sharks, moray eels, stingrays and more. Newest exhibits: seahorses, indoor salt marsh, sea turtles. Dive shows daily, 10:30 am and 2:30 pm. Feedings at 3 pm. Free programs include films and live animal presentations. Special activities may require reservations & fee. North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

NCDOT Ferry System: Fort Fisher / Southport Ferry
Kure Beach - Southport
NC Department Of Transportation Ferry System A scenic ferry ride across the Intracoastal Waterway from Fort Fisher, Kure Beach to Southport. North Carolina Ferry System

Old Dock Savanna Preserve
Columbus County
nature.org

Orton Plantation Gardens
Winnabow
Orton Plantation Gardens offer a self-guided, walking tour through an impressive set of formal and informal gardens covering 20 acres. Wildlife and bird life are plentiful on the former rice plantation. ortongardens.com

Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum
Bald Head Island
North Carolina's oldest standing lighthouse, built in 1817. Open to public. Historic tour packages available. Next to the lighthouse is the Smith Island Museum which houses historic artifacts found on Bald Head Island. These are managed by the Old Baldy Foundation in order to preserve the history of Smith Island, Old Baldy Lighthouse, and the maritime history of the Carolina coast. oldbaldy.org

Oak Island Scenic Parks & Recreation Walkway & Nature Center
Oak Island
The walkway spans the Davis Creek and is a perfect opportunity to view an estuary system. Also connects to an extensive bike and walking path. Newly constructed 52nd Street Nature Center is an educational center where children and adults can learn about the environment. Touch pool, Animals and a Talking Tree Trail. Other facilities include the Oak Island Ocean Education Center at 49th SE Street & Beach Drive; Oak Island Skate Park at 49th Street, SE & Beach Drive; Oak Island Recreation Center at 3003 E. Oak Island Drive. Town Of Oak Island

Oak Island Lighthouse
Oak Island
Lighthouse is located on the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oak Island, on the southern coast of North Carolina. It was built in 1958, is seventeen stories tall; can be seen from 24 miles offshore and is the brightest light in Western Hemisphere. The lighthouse light flashes four times every 10 seconds and is designed to sway up to three feet at the top in 100 M.P.H. plus wind speed. The lighthouse is not open to the public but a viewing area is set aside on Caswell Beach Drive Southport - Oak Island Tourism

Progress Energy Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant Visitors Center
Southport
The Progress Energy Visitors Center at the Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant offers visitors numerous ways to learn about energy. Visitors Center features include interactive exhibits, video programs, and traditional displays on nuclear, solar, and water power. Offers over 30 energy-related exhibits covering production of electricity, electrical safety, alternative energy sources, and energy conservation. southport-oakisland.com progress-energy.com

Price's Creek Lighthouse
Southport
Now abandoned, this lighthouse lies 2 miles north of Southport, on the west bank of the Cape Fear River. For a vacation and resident's guide on the area including information on all the lighthouses in our area please contact the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce Southport - Oak Island Tourism

Poplar Grove Historic Plantation
Wilmington
Poplar Grove Plantation preserves the homestead of James Foy, patriarch of a successful antebellum farming family, and the outbuildings and crafts typical of a 19th century working community. Poplar Grove is preserved through the efforts of the non-profit Poplar Grove Foundation. ## 1850 Historic House Museum. Just a few minutes north of Wilmington, Poplar Grove is a wonderful experience for families, with plenty to see and do for young visitors. Tour the big house and tenant farmer's cabin, spend some time visiting the craft shops and learn about basket making and weaving. At the blacksmith's shop, find out why nails were so precious. ## Civil War Poplar Grove Plantation

Roan Island
Wilmington
Nature outing through the conservancy. Check with the conservancy for guided tours. nature.org

Riverfront Park
Wilmington
Riverfront Park city park stretches for 250 ft. along the Cape Fear River at Water Street in downtown Wilmington. Benches, fountain, restrooms, landscaping, etc.

Historic Southport
Southport
Self-guided walking tour of downtown Southport. The brochure guides you through the charming historic district of downtown Southport including the historic significance of area homes and attractions. These attractions include an 800 year old oak tree in Keziah Park, Waterfront Park were you can watch large transoceanic vessels pass on their way up river to the Port City of Wilmington, or Franklin Square Park where many events and festivals are held. Numerous businesses offer guided tours. Begin your visitor at the Southport Visitor Center, 113 W. Moore Street in Southport. Southport - Oak Island Tourism

Screen Gems Studios/EUE
Wilmington
Experience Wilmington's film history with a tour of EUE Screen Gems Studios. You will get a behind the scenes look at some of your favorite feature films and televisions shows, including sets from the popular Dawson's Creek and the new hit One Tree Hill. Come see memorabilia from films past and learn how a film set works today. screengemsstudios.com

Silver Coast Winery
Ocean Isle Beach
Silver Coast Winery is in rural southeast North Carolina, just a few miles from beautiful beaches and in close proximity to many golf courses. A winding country road leads you to the vineyard and winery. A tasting room, tours, picnic areas, galleries and dining are available to our guests. Silver Coast Winery

Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts
Wilmington
Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts is a restored 1858 ''opera house'', that has undergone a (1988-90) restoration to the theatre which also included an expansion to the historic wings of the building, the theatre and city hall, which added much-needed technical and administrative support areas. In its turn-of-the-century appearance, the theatre boasts beautiful architectural detail, including the ornate proscenium arch, sweeping balconies, original mahogany wooden benches in the gallery level, and a ''thunder run'', an original sound mechanism, the only one of its kind in the United States. The theatre is still a cultural center for Wilmington, with over 350 events planned annually in the facility. Over the past 140 years such notables as Maurice Barrymore, Lillian Russell, Buffalo Bill Cody and Oscar Wilde have appeared on the stage of Thalian Hall. And most recently such popular stars as Judy Collins, Ronnie Milsap and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre have entertained modern Wilmington audiences. ## Thalian Hall is an 1858 Italianate theater designed by 19th Century architect John Montague. This theater is the only remaining example of his work. Thalian Hall has continually operated since its construction serving the city of Wilmington in the past and present as a center for the performing arts, for the county and municipal governments, and for the use and enjoyment of the public. The theater building is an historic landmark, and its Archives houses a great many records, photographs, and artifacts documenting the history of 18th, 19th, and early 20th century theater as well as Thalian Hall itself. Thalian Hall

UNC-Wilmington: Special Collections
Wilmington
The Special Collections at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington collects, arranges and describes and provides access to their manuscripts and audio-visual media collections specifically to the UNCW community, but to the general public as well. They collect manuscripts, books, audio formats, videos, and photographs on subjects related to the university, the Wilmington area, and the southeastern portion of North Carolina. http://library.uncwil.edu/special.html

UNC-Wilmington: Center for Marine Science
Wilmington
This state-of-the-art Marine Science Research Center places its emphasis on deep-water ocean, barrier islands, and estuaries. The facility includes a visitor area/lobby with changing exhibits and information relating to marine science research. uncwil.edu/cmsr

UNC-Wilmington: Museum of World Cultures
Wilmington
The Museum of World Cultures facilitates teaching, research and to preservation of the physical artifacts of those societies in the world which have contributed to the heritage of the United States of America, in order that students, faculty, staff and administrators, as well as citizens at large, may discover who they are and whence they came by learning and understanding their historical and cultural roots. uncwil.edu/mwc

Wilmington Children's Museum
Wilmington
The Wilmington Children's Museum is a hands-on ''learning through play'' center for children to stimulate imagination, curiosity and innate love of learning. Exhibits and programs focus on the arts, science, mathematics and the environment. Come play with us! ## The Wilmington Children's Museum, through interactive exhibits and educational programs focused on the arts and sciences, strives to stimulate children's imagination, curiosity, and innate love of learning. Wilmington Childrens Museum

Wilmington's Historic District
Wilmington
Wilmington's historic district is among the state's largest beginning at Water and Market Streets and extending outward for 230 blocks. Year round tours via horse drawn trolley and carriage, riverboat, trolley car or on foot. Seasonal themed tours of homes, gardens, churches, haunted sites, etc. Tour prices vary. cape-fear.nc.us

Wilmington Railroad Museum
Wilmington
Recapture the essence of railroad days as you climb aboard a steam locomotive, wander through a bright red caboose or explore extensive artifacts ranging from a 150-ton locomotive to a conductor's 4 oz. timepiece. Enjoy the Lionel model railroad display and the HO display. ## The Wilmington Railroad Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and the history of railroading in the southeastern United States through collecting and exhibiting artifacts, photographs, and archival material, and by sponsoring educational programs related to all aspects of the railroad industry and railroad history. The museum features permanent and rotating history exhibits, model trains, interactive displays, a children's hands-on learning center, and a research library. Wilmington Railroad Museum

Wrightsville Beach Museum of History
Wrightsville Beach
The Wrightsville Beach Museum is located in the Myers Cottage, the third oldest cottage on the island and one of twenty beach cottages built by the Tidewater Power Company in 1907. The cottage has been restored to house both rotating and permanent exhibits displaying the island's rich history, including a scale model of the town (c. 1910) complete with working trolley. The museum depicts life on Wrightsville Beach just after the turn of the century. Other exhibits interpret barrier island heritage, the Civil War, hurricanes, the Ocean View Railroad or trolley, Lumina Pavilion, and the lives of various individuals prominent in the history of Wrightsville Beach. Wrightsville Beach Museum Of History

Wrightsville Beach Park
Wrightsville Beach
City park with 13 acres of tennis courts, basketball courts, softball, football and soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, playground equipment and fitness trail. Town Of Wrightsville Beach

Wilmington Hammerheads Professional Soccer Team
Wilmington
Professional soccer team that plays at Legion Sports Complex. wilmingtonhammerheads.com

Wilmington Trolley Company
Wilmington
Experience the grandeur and charm of Old Wilmington with a trolley tour of the historic district. The eight-mile, 45 minute narrated sightseeing tour includes beautiful mansions, haunted homes, museums, birthplaces of famous natives, TV/movie locations, African-American History, Civil War Shipyards, brick laden streets and more. Tours depart from the corner of Dock and Water Streets. wilmingtontrolley.com

Wilmington National Cemetery
Wilmington
Established in 1867, this Historic National Cemetery is the resting place for 100's of Military Veterans dating back to the mid-1800's. Ceremonies are held each Memorial Day and Veteran's Day. Access sunrise to sunset. va.gov

Zeke's Island Estuarine Reserve
Kure Beach
With a sum total of 1,160 acres, the Zeke's Island component of the North Carolina NERR is comprised of three islands, the Reserve site encompassing 42 acres of high ground on Zeke's Island, 138 acres of upland on North Island and 3 acres on No Name Island. A small parking lot and boat ramp are maintained by the state Wildlife Resources Commission on the shore of the basin area. There are no trails on Zeke's Island. Zeke's Island is open year round, but is accessible only by small boats, canoes, and kayaks. Zeke's Island Coastal Estuarine Reserve


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