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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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kid playing in holden beach splash pad

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.

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(910) 846-9566

The Shack is a small, environmentally-friendly convenience store with all your snacking needs, including cold drinks, chips, candy, ice cream, and some beach essentials like chairs, towels, and sunscreen. Since we limit plastic and paper when possible, proceeds from the sale of carry-out bags are donated to the Holden Beach Turtle Watch Program.

Oak Island is over 12 miles long and averages about one mile across, making it Brunswick County's largest island.

lighthouse gifts holden beach
(910) 842-5740

Lighthouse Gifts is a favorite Holden Beach spot for beachy souvenirs. Find great beach-themed t-shirts, candles, books, and other households goods.

Ludlum's Produce
910-842-6253

Ludlum's Produce is a family owned and operated seasonal business specializing in fresh local produce since 1952. Show your Hobbspitality bracelet for a $5 discount off a $20 purchase.

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.

wilmington ale trail
(910) 679.6023

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.

Saltwater Shanty at Holden Beach
(910) 264-4848

You'll find it all at the Saltwater Shanty! Homemade gelato and ice cream, household goods, gifts and souvenirs, books, and more.

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