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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.
Classic Italian Ice shop and mobile pushcarts (on the beach and at events) with over 30 flavors. Our guests enjoy a one-time discount.
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.
Every summer, the Town of Holden Beach hosts a free summer concert series on Sunday evenings at the Pavilion under the Holden Beach Bridge.
Located at the mouth of the Cape Fear River with long sandy beaches and mild weather, Caswell Beach is the ideal setting for rest and relaxation. The lack of commercial district only emphasizes the serene surroundings.
The historic Bellamy Mansion was built in 1859 for a wealthy Southern family, who wanted a classic home with modern amenities. Today, the mansion, as well as the slave quarters and gardens, are open to the public for educational purposes.
Did you know you can play pickleball in Holden Beach? Head to the multi-purpose court at Bridgeview Park for open play times on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.