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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.
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!
Ice cream shop, candy store and restaurant. Sweet Gecko also sells toys and Pura Vida Coffee.
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.
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.
Classic Italian Ice shop and mobile pushcarts (on the beach and at events). Over 30 flavors.
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.
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.
Located in Shallotte, NC, Sugar Confections bakes cakes, cookies, pastries, cupcakes, petite desserts, cannolis, eclairs and more!
Sunset Beach sits near the North Carolina state line and is one of the area's smallest beach towns. The locals take pride in the fact that it's one of the last old-fashioned beach resorts and has managed to avoid any major building and growth spurts.
Located on the Brunswick Community College Campus, the facility has the area's only indoor public pool. In addition, it offers a fitness center, aerobics studio, elevated track, spinning room, TRX training and more.