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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.
Oak Island is over 12 miles long and averages about one mile across, making it Brunswick County's largest island.
The Carolina Opry Theater, founded in 1986, brings impressive live music shows to the Grand Strand. The theater's shows win numerous awards and include the Time Warp, Thunder and Light, Pure Magic, Light Laser Extravaganza and more.
Holden Beach has an all-new "Pirate Water Play" splash pad located on Davis Street along the Intracoastal Waterway. The splash pad includes several pirate-themed features, and the play area is perfect for kids to cool off on hot days.
The eight-mile-long stretch of Ocean Isle Beach is located on the southern coastline of North Carolina. Ocean Isle Beach is where Brunswick County's first high-rise buildings were constructed, and this coastal barrier island was incorporated as the Town of Ocean Isle Beach in 1959.
Find your favorite water creatures, from river otters and fish to sea turtles and sharks. It's fun for the whole family with tours and adventures, free programs, special events, and more!
Lighthouse Gifts is a favorite Holden Beach spot for beachy souvenirs. Find great beach-themed t-shirts, candles, books, and other households goods.
Southport, renamed in 1887 but established in the 1700s as Smithville, is a half-hour drive from Wilmington, a short ferry ride from Fort Fisher, and the gateway to two true beach resorts: Oak Island and Bald Head Island.
Wilmington, NC has an abundant brewery scene and is only a 45-minute drive from Holden Beach. The Wilmington Ale Trail is an easy online guide to the local breweries, bottleshops, restaurants and bars.
You'll find it all at the Saltwater Shanty! Homemade gelato and ice cream, household goods, gifts and souvenirs, books, and more.
Mermaid's Island Grill is a favorite Holden Beach restaurant. Famous for Maryland-style crab cakes, lemon chicken souvlakia, calabash shrimp and fresh-cut fries, Mermaid's Island makes everything from scratch and never freezes anything.