ATTRACTIONS, TOURS & FUN

The Oak Island Lighthouse and Coast Guard Station

This post is for locals and visitors alike. Many times when you live in a pace for a long time you tend to get into a routine and forget about all the good things available in the area. Let this serve as a reminder to you as a local and to you as a visitor to get out and enjoy the many offerings available in Brunswick County, NC.

TOURS
Golf cart tours are a great introduction to the area history and attractions. Two offered in Southport, NC are: Southport Fun Tours and Southport Tours. Bald Head Island, NC offers the Bald Head Island Historic Tour. If you prefer walking around Southport, NC, you might consider Historic Southport: A Self Guided Tour, using a brochure provided by the Southport Museum and Visitors’ Center or take part in a Historical Southport Walking Tour. The Adventure Kayak Company also offers bicycle and kayak tours. If you love old cemeteries, you might want to wander around the Old Smithville Burying Ground. If you like them scary, you can take part in the Ghost Walk Tour provided by the Old South Tour Company. Do you love flying? You can tour the area by air with Brunswick Air and High Tide Helicopters.

Fishing at Bald Head Inlet

ATTRACTIONS:
When was the last time you had an old fashioned Picnic? You can have one with a blanket on the ground in Franklin Square Park, at a picnic table in Waterfront Park or in the gazebo in Keziah Park – all in Southport, NC. Oak Island, NC is filled with parks as well, as is Boiling Spring Lakes, NC. You can also visit Fort Johnston, the Maritime Museum, the Old Brunswick County Jail, Franklin Square Gallery or go sky diving at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport. These are only a few of the many fun things you can do. Take your pick.

Image courtesy Jason Vittorio

TOURS ARE NOT JUST FOR VISITORS

Do you know the story of Tony – the ghost who haunts the Brunswick Inn in Southport, NC? Do you know what a pogie is? Do you know where to find the Indian Trail tree? There is so much history and there are so many anecdotal stories connected to this area. And there are so many enjoyable ways to encounter the history and the stories and to enjoy the beauty of the area – by land, on the water and in the air.

By Land

The Bald Head Island Historic Tour is a great way to see all of Bald head Island, NC, with the added adventures of touring Old Baldy and the ferry ride to the island.

The Adventure Kayak Company, Inc. offers Historical Southport Walking Tours as well as bicycle tours in Southport, NC.

For a fun ghost walk, check out Old South Tour Company and enjoy a spooky stroll by lantern light through the Old Smithville Burying Ground.

If you prefer a self guided walking tour, check out the Southport Trail.

For a guided ride, you can chose between Southport Fun Tours and Southport Tours. Both of these tours are by electric street cars and are totally different experiences.

On the Water

The Adventure Kayak Company, Inc. offers guided eco and historic kayak tours. You can enjoy gliding through the waterways and estuaries enjoying the wonders of nature and learning as well.

In the Air

For a unique perspective of the area, there is nothing like seeing it from above. Flying tours of this gorgeous area are provided by Brunswick Air, High Tide Helicopters, and Suncoast Aviation. All three of these fly out of the Cape Fear Regional Jetport in Oak Island, NC.

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.

 

 

THE MYSTERY OF HISTORY

(Image courtesy of the Southport Historical Society)

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. Included is a pirate exhibit as well as 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.

You can participate in a lantern lit Ghost Walk and Historical Southport Bicycle Tours are available as well. 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.

For a special historical event taking place in nearby Winnabow, NC this weekend, check out the Fort Anderson Civil War Living History event.

To introduce your sons to the Knights of the Round Table why not take them to the event, A Perfect Knight, in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC on Saturday afternoon. (Oops, sorry, sold out – plan for next year!)Picture