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Named one of the best family beaches in the U.S., Holden Beach offers island charm, natural beauty, and an endless variety of things to do. From watersports to wine tasting, beachcombing to biking, and everything in between, visitors can have as exciting or relaxing a vacation as they please when it comes to things to do in Holden Beach. After you’re done playing on our beaches, parks and waters, enjoy a taste of Holden Beach’s local flavors and fresh seafood at our selection of great restaurants. And, don’t miss out on getting to know the island natives—sea turtles, crabs, dolphins and other marine creatures—with activities such as turtle watching, crabbing, fishing, birding and more.

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beaches n cream holden beach
(910) 842-7326
Homemade, small-batch ice cream in numerous original flavors. Made with milk from North Carolina free-range cows. Try a new flavor (or flavor combo) almost every day!
Bald Head Island marks where the coastline swings from a north-south orientation to run east to west. The island got its name from a bare sand dune that pokes out of the surrounding forests—it looked like a bald head from the sea.
bettys waterfront restaurant
(910) 842-3381
Betty's Waterfront Restaurant, recently updated, is located on the waterway and can be accessed by boat or car. Their speciality is fried local fish platter but also serve chicken steaks and burgers, and hushpuppies!
In the late 40s and early 50s, Calabash became known for its seafood and was named the "Seafood Capital of the World." Today's Calabash is no longer the fishing mecca it once was, but it still maintains its fishing village charm.
ingram planetarium
(910) 575-0033
The Ingram Planetarium is part of the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Sunset Beach. Visit the website to find new exhibits and upcoming events, including "Stars at Sunset" and Laser Light & Music shows.
the filling station shallotte nc
(910) 754-7474

Stop by the Filling Station in Shallotte, NC for gourmet coffee and espresso drinks and homemade donuts. Favorite donut flavors include Maple &...

Holden Beach is a sub-tropical, barrier island located on the coast of North Carolina, midway between Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC. Holden Beach boasts the perfect family seaside getaway with secluded white sandy beaches alongside the Atlantic Ocean.
battleship north carolina
(910) 399-9100
Across the river from downtown Wilmington, the Battleship North Carolina is a memorial and living classroom. Learn the history of the WWII-era fast battleship ship and the stories of those who lived and died on it.