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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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