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16 Oct 2018
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Holden Beach is the perfect family-friendly beach destination. Whether your family consists of small children, teenagers, elderly family members, four-legged companions, or just a group of adults taking a break at the beach – Holden Beach won’t disappoint!

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Check out this fun list of 10 things that make Holden Beach so ideal for your family’s next North Carolina beach vacation.

1. Restaurants

There are a number of casual and delicious restaurants right here in Holden Beach. You can go have a fun lunch at Provision Company in the screened-in deck overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, enjoy a hand-pressed Carolina burger or foot-long with cheese, onions, chili, and slaw at Mankins Causeway Café, or enjoy everyone’s favorite pizza at Patronies Pizza. Stopping by Archibald’s Deli to grab some sandwiches and salads to go eat on your vacation rental’s deck or on the beach is also fun! These are just a few – there are many other delicious options in Holden Beach, too!

2. Beach Activities

Everyone loves taking a walk on the beach while hunting for treasures in the form of seashells, sand dollars, and sharks’ teeth. In addition to beachcombing, your family members can snag a fishing license and rent a fishing rod or two from The Rod & Reel Shop and do some fishing from the beach. Or, maybe they would rather try their luck at some pier fishing off the Holden Beach Pier. Surf lessons are also available here in Holden Beach from Southern Surf Academy, or you can buy a boogie board at one of the local beach shops. Building sandcastles and flying kites are also favorite pastimes, or maybe Mom and Grandma just want to grab a beach chair and a book and relax with their toes in the sand. Just remember, whatever beach activities you and your family partake in, be aware of these beach and ocean safety tips before you venture into the water. 

3. Other Activities

For an afternoon or evening away from those fun beach activities, maybe the kids would like a quick game of miniature golf with some ice cream treats afterwards at Treasure Island or Fantasy Isle. Adults and kids alike might enjoy a friendly competition at the Holden Beach Super Track. Or, an afternoon at Magic Mountain Water Slide is always a fun time. Other delicious treats can be found at Saltwater Shanty or Beaches-N-Cream ice cream shops.

4. Atmosphere

Situated along the southeast coast of North Carolina about 15 miles from the closest main highway (US Highway 17), Holden Beach is a quiet and safe beach community. There are no stoplights on the beach, and generally the only traffic on the beach is our residents and visitors. Once you drive over the Holden Beach Bridge with its breathtaking views, it really is a different world.

5. Convenience

We have many things that you will need right here in Holden Beach – a Food Lion grocery store, Walgreens Pharmacy, beach shops, restaurants, and beach gear rentals. An added convenience is that nearby Shallotte is just 15 minutes away and is home to our nearest Walmart and other things you may need. You don’t have to worry about remembering everything before you arrive, as almost anything you forget can be easily found here! 

6. Attractions within 30 Minutes

There are several other beaches in Brunswick County that offer fun things to do. We encourage you to check them out while you are here. Many people enjoy the history and beauty found at the waterfront in Southport, or checking out the Oak Island Lighthouse in Oak Island. The adventurers in your family will enjoy checking out The Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach. If you find yourselves with a rainy day, there is a movie theatre in Oak Island.

7. Attractions within an Hour

Holden Beach is about an hour south of Wilmington, and about the same distance north of Myrtle Beach (South Carolina). If you want to take a day trip and explore either of these areas, you will find plenty of things for your family to enjoy in either place. Some favorites in Wilmington include the Battleship North Carolina, Airlie Gardens, Historic Downtown Wilmington, the Children’s Museum of Wilmington, and more. Those that enjoy Myrtle Beach like Broadway at the Beach, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach, and the SkyWheel Myrtle Beach, among others.

8. Sea Turtles & Marine Education

Holden Beach is home to the Holden Beach Turtle Watch, which is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1989 to protect the area’s sea turtle population. Depending on when you are here, you might be able to get in on a nest watch or hatching event. If your children are interested in learning more about sea turtles and other marine life, they may enjoy a trip to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. For some additional adventure, you could drive over to Southport and take the ferry to Fort Fisher from there! Another educational stop that’s just a bit further away is the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center up on Topsail Island.

9. Bike/Walk Paths

There are a number of paths in Holden Beach that are great for walking and bike riding. Boomer’s Rentals or Beach Fun Rentals are local rental supply stores that can outfit you and your family with bicycles, sporting goods, and other beach gear.

10. Vacation Rental Amenities

Whatever the needs of your family may be, Hobbs Realty has vacation rentals with various amenities to meet your needs. We have rentals with swimming pools, handicap-friendly rentals, dog-friendly rentals, and more. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us, and one of our helpful vacation rental agents will help you find the perfect vacation getaway for your entire family.

We hope to see you here soon!

About the Author: Darcy Geho 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 at the beach she looks forward to her next visit. In her spare time, she likes cooking and food preservation and enjoys sharing her adventures on her blog.