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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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Sunset Splash at Holden Beach
(910) 846-COOL
Classic Italian Ice shop and mobile pushcarts (on the beach and at events) with over 30 flavors. Our guests enjoy a one-time discount.
beach butler holden beach
910.473.2322
Let Beach Butler set up and break down your beach cabanas for a little family shade. They can also delivery groceries and do food order pick-ups and deliveries.
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.
dock house seafood holden beach
Dock House Seafood and More has a great lunch and dinner menu, as well as views of the Intracoastal Waterway. Newly renovated bar is located downstairs.
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.
dinah gore fitness center
(910) 846-2348
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.
910-842-6488
Every summer, the Town of Holden Beach hosts a free summer concert series on Sunday evenings at the Pavilion under the Holden Beach Bridge.
seafood barn restaurant holden beach
(910) 842-2177

The Seafood Barn Restaurant has been in Holden Beach since 1978. It offers an extensive cocktail menu, as well as seafood, steak,...

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