SOUTHPORT ATTRACTIONS PRIMER

Interesting attractions, including some annual events and a host of amazing history can be found in the Southport, NC area. The Southport Visitors Center located in the Fort Johnston Garrison House on Davis Street is a great place to begin. You will find a fascinating wall display of the history of the area, historical artifacts and playbills from the films that were made in Southport, NC. A free brochure for the Southport Trail, a self-guided tour, is available as is information from one of the friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who will be happy to answer your questions.

Adjacent to the visitors’ center is the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport. You can wander through the museum on your own or take a guided tour through the exhibits of maritime life from the time of the American Indians to the present, including a pirate exhibit and interactive exhibits such as a deep diving research periscope and a nautical knot board. You can purchase souvenirs including pirate memorabilia from the gift shop as well.

If you are interested in chartering a sailing cruise you may want to check out Priority Sailing. S/V Kelly Allen Cruises offers cruises aboard the Kelly Allen, a 37-foot O’Day center cockpit sloop.

Landlubbers can participate in a lantern lit Ghost Walk. Historical Southport Bicycle Tours are available as well. Just contact Emma at The Adventure Kayak Company in the 800 block of N. Howe Street. If you prefer to stroll the tree lined streets there are a number of sites you will not want to miss. Southport’s oldest churches, The Chapel of Cross at St. Philip’s on E. Moore Street and Trinity United Methodist Church on E. Nash Street are lovely to behold yet distinctly different. You can visit The Grove at Franklin Square Park on Howe Street where the low walls were constructed of ballast stones used in ships more than 100 years ago. Stroll to Keziah Memorial Park on W. Moore Street where the main attraction is the Indian Trail Tree estimated to be more than 800 years old. At the corner of Nash and Rhett Streets you will find the Old Brunswick County Jail and across Rhett Street, the Old Smithville Burying Ground. Then head back to Waterfront Park at Bay and Howe Streets and relax on the swings while taking in the gorgeous water views.

 

 

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is almost upon us. If you have not yet decided on activities to celebrate the fathers in you lives, do not despair. Brunswick County, NC offers a plethora of choices to you. You will find excellent restaurants, golf courses, fishing piers, fishing cruises, sightseeing cruises, tennis courts, kayak trails, surf fishing, sky diving, biplane tours, helicopter rides, Ski-do rentals and sports bars – to name a few ideas. Here are a few specific suggestions:

Why not visit a winery? (http://oceanislebeach.insiderinfo.us/home/events-and-hotspots/silver-coast-winery/profile/)

Silver Coast Winery in Ocean Isle Beach, NC offers tours and wine tastings as well as wine and gifts for sale.

Does pier fishing strike you fancy? (http://southport.insiderinfo.us/fishing/piers/city-pier/profile/)

On the Southport, NC City Pier the whole family can fish for free.

Is bowling your favorite thing to do? (http://leland.insiderinfo.us/sports-fitness-parks/bowling/thunder-alley/profile/)

At Thunder Alley in Leland, NC the family can have fun and have a meal in the grille as well.