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4 Dec 2021
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Here at Hobbs Realty, we like to refer to Holden Beach as the perfect family destination.

Whether you are a family traveling with young kids or teenagers, a group of adults enjoying a getaway trip with friends, or you are planning a multi-generational beach vacation to make lasting memories … Holden Beach is perfect for every age!

Holden Beach Family Activities with Young Kids

There are plenty of opportunities for fun throughout our island and surrounding area for families traveling with young children.

Our first recommendation is always to enjoy fun and relaxing days on the beach with your toes in the sand. Kids can have fun splashing in the waves, building sandcastles, and beachcombing for treasures. Older siblings, parents, and grandparents can enjoy these things too, or simply relax in a beach chair or try your luck at fishing!

During the summer months, everyone in the family may enjoy cooling off and relaxing in one of our vacation rentals with a private swimming pool. Some good old-fashioned fun at the Magic Mountain Water Slide or Holden Beach Splash Pad are also great options for water fun during your Holden Beach vacation!

There are plenty of activities that don’t involve the water, too! Just across the Holden Beach Bridge, the whole family can enjoy a fun round of miniature golf at Treasure Island Mini Golf and Ice Cream or Fantasy Isle Ice Cream and Mini Golf.

During the winter months or on a rainy day, the kids (and adults) will love a trip to Vincent Van Go to paint a piece of pottery to take home. There are also two aquariums within an easy day-trip's distance from Holden Beach.

For a little friendly competition, Planet Fun Center, located nearby in Shallotte at 349 Whiteville Road, has laser tag, bowling, a bounce house, billiards, and an arcade. You can even grab some refreshments in between games. 

And, of course, a fun outing isn’t complete for kids of ALL ages without a yummy treat at one of the favorite local spots, like Saltwater Shanty or Sandcastles Sweets & Treats.

Fun Holden Beach Activities for Teenagers and Adults

Once the kids get just a bit older, there are even more opportunities for fun in Holden Beach, such as fishing or golfing.

Because of our moderate year-round temperatures, watersports like surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and jet skiing are enjoyed throughout the year in Holden Beach.

Shallotte River Swamp Park is a popular place to experience a new local adventure. They have zipline tours, an aerial adventure park, guided ATV tours, and swamp boat eco-tours. They are located at 5550 Watts Road SW in Ocean Isle Beach, and their phone number is (910) 687-6100. For additional ideas about outings for the thrill-seekers in your family, check out this article.

Shopping is always a productive outing around here. Whether you prefer art galleries, antique shops, or gift shops, you are sure to find the perfect treasures and gifts to take home.


Fun in Holden Beach for the Adults

In addition to these fun outings for all ages, there are also some over-21 options for a friends’ or parents’ night out.

Though we have many great Holden Beach restaurants for all ages to enjoy, a few hotspots include  Provision Company, Castaways Raw Bar and Grill, Mermaids Island Grill, and The Hot  Buffalo.

You may also want to experience a wine tasting (plus a little shopping) at  the Silver Coast Winery not too far away.

The floating tiki bar tour, Cruisin’ Tikis, can be a fun way to see the sights of the Intracoastal  Waterway around Holden Beach. Tours depart from the dock at the Provision Company, located at 1343 Cedar Landing Road. For more information, call (910) 420-4045.

Holden Beach Wheelchair Accessibility

If you are traveling with a family member with special needs, Hobbs Realty has some wheelchair-friendly vacation rentals featuring an elevator and/or ramps. Please give us a call at (844) 846-4885 to discuss your specific needs.

A few other places to enjoy:

  • Sailfish Park, located on Sailfish Drive about 4 miles west of the Hobbs Realty office, features a grassy area with beautiful views along the Intracoastal Waterway, picnic tables, and an accessible Memory Mailbox.
  • The Holden Beach Pavilion and Fishing Pier is located on Holden Beach at 131 Jordan Boulevard (under the Holden Beach bridge).
  • The Quinton Street public beach access at 112 Ocean Boulevard East features a gazebo, shower, and handicap ramp.

Dogs Enjoy Holden Beach, Too!

Of course, we can’t forget about the furry members of your family! Hobbs Realty offers a variety of dog-friendly rentals and can accommodate service animals. If you are planning to travel with your dog, make sure you are aware of these local regulations and beach safety tips.

As you can see, there truly is something available for every age to enjoy on Holden Beach.

You can book your next Hobbs Realty vacation today, or give us a call at (844) 846-4885 - we're happy to help!

We hope to see you soon ... at the beach!





Darcy Geho is a contributing author to this Hobbs Realty blog. She spent 11 years working in the vacation rental industry while she lived on and traveled the North Carolina coast. Like most of our visitors, when she isn’t on Holden Beach, she looks forward to her next visit.