On the northern tip of Myrtle Beach Grand Strand, the NC Golf Coast offers 30+ of the best golf courses within 45 minutes. Experience the fine courses nestled along the marshes and Intracoastal Waterway or among the pine forests, meadows and bays. Varied elevations, well-manicured greens and respect for the land are evident.
Ocean Isle Beach is home of several waterfront restaurants, Jink's Creek Waterfront Grille, The Isles, Ocean Isle Fish Company, and Sharky's. Enjoy your meal overlooking the waterway or the ocean with breath taking sunsets. These restaurants offer a variety of dining experiences from casual to casual fine dining.
Visit the quaint boutiques of Ocean Isle Beach for your beach wear and souvenir needs. And if you need more, the malls and outlets of Wilmington and Myrtle Beach are all within a 45-minute drive.
There are two main charter groups operating out of the Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Center: Capt. Brant's Deep-Sea Fishing Charters and Follow Me Two. Both trips from the Gulf Stream to Inland Creeks. Check availability at https://www.oifishingcenter.com/ or www.followmecharter.com.
Summer Concert Series
Join us every Friday night from 6:30pm to 8pm outside the Museum of Coastal Carolina for some of the best live music around! Bring a chair, your dancing shoes, and a cash donation for the local Food Pantry. 100% of proceeds go to benefit help feed the hungry in our community.
Brunswick County Trail Plan
Are you interested in biking, walking, kayaking, wildlife, or preserving our natural resources? Brunswick County has coordinated a county-wide trail plan project. This important project identifies routes for walking, biking, and paddling that exist today and proposes new routes to better link communities throughout Brunswick County together. Learn more at http://www.brunswickcountync.gov/planning/ordinances-plans/trails/
Ziplining & Swamp Adventures
The Shallotte River Swamp Park is a nature-oriented eco park featuring the longest and tallest zip line course on our coast, a tree top ropes challenge course adventure park, swamp boat tours, educational based nature trails, reptile exhibit areas, and more! The park is located at 5550 Watts Road, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469. Visit them at www.ziptheswamp.com.
Take in the best view of Ocean Isle Beach from the pier. While you’re there, grab lunch, enjoy some ice cream, or restock on beach supplies. Learn more at www.oibpier.com
May through October offers nesting and hatching of sea turtles along our islands. Experience the wonder of a nesting loggerhead turtle or the "boil" of a hatching nest! The Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization holds weekly learning lectures at the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center on Tuesday nights during the summer. For more information, visit www.oibseaturtles.org.
Museum of Coastal Carolina
Conveniently located at the heart of Ocean Isle Beach, the Museum of Coastal Carolina offers coastal history of the Carolinas. Experience the excellent displays of aquatic life, the tide machine, waterfowl diorama, antique fishing equipment, Carolina shells, shark teeth, and artifacts of Native American culture. Educational and entertaining programs are offered throughout the year. For more, visit www.museumplanetarium.org.
Ocean Isle Beach Park
The newest Brunswick County Park is now open at Ocean Isle Beach. Located on Old Georgetown Road, the Ocean Isle Beach Park features tennis courts, an amphitheatre, multipurpose field, two playgrounds, picnic area and restroom facilities. The amphitheatre is designed to seat 300 with an additional space in and around the amphitheatre for lawn chairs and blankets. If you are interested in renting this space, please call 910-253-2670.
Ferry Landing Park
Ferry Landing Park is the site of the original ferry crossing to Ocean Isle Beach. Enjoy relaxing waterway views, or bring along your pole and try your hand at fishing (but be sure to obtain a NC fishing license before fishing off any dock or beach strand!) This facility is open to the public from 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM. No overnight parking or camping is permitted.
Visit our Children's Playground area located right next to the Museum of Coastal Carolina. This facility is open to the public from 6:00 AM until 10:00 PM.
Old Baldy Lighthouse
The state's oldest remaining lighthouse is open for tours daily on Bald Head Island. Built in 1817, the 90-foot brick structure helped guide ships safely to the mouth of the Cape Fear River until 1935 when it was replaced by a new lighthouse at Caswell Beach. Some 100 steps and a wooden ladder lead to the top and a spectacular view of the island, Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River. You can explore this island by bike or golf cart (available for rental on the island) but no cars are allowed so you must reach the island by ferry from Southport. Finds out more at www.oldbaldy.org.
Fort Fischer Civil War Museum
The last major stronghold of the Confederacy, Fort Fisher was the largest earthwork fortification in the south during the Civil War. It kept the port of Wilmington and the Cape Fear River open to Blockade-runners. Admission is free.
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fischer
Discover alligators, sharks, rays, a touch tank, educational programs and much more at this nearby aquarium. An open-air car ferry between Southport and Fort Fisher is an adventure to visit Fort Fisher. Crossing time is about 30 minutes, Reservations recommended. Call 1-800-BY-FERRY, or visit www.ncferry.org.
USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial
Just up the road in Wilmington is the immortal showboat, the USS North Carolina. She survived every major pacific naval offensive of World War II and earned 15 battle stars. The self-guided tour includes an orientation film, crew's quarters, galley, sick bay, engine room, pilot house, guns, Kingfisher float plan and more. Learn more at www.battleshipnc.com.