Southport & Brunswick County

 
Attractions & Points of Interest within Southport & Brunswick County.  See the Area Attractions page for the surrounding towns & counties.



Cape Fear Fishing Tournament Calendar

Events and Tournaments
Offshore and inshore tournaments. Surf fishing.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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






 

 

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