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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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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.
Heritage Fresh Market
910-253-1330
Farming for over 70 years, the Clemmons family now offers a Fresh Market annex with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Show your Hobbspitality bracelet for a discount.
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.
franklin square gallery southport
910-457-5450
Located in historic Southport, over 100 regional artists showcase their work at the Franklin Square Gallery. The gallery also holds a series of workshops and lectures, as well as an annual show with judged by well known artists.

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