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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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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.

Anaya Tribe Organic Salon
(910) 842-4900

Anaya Tribe Organic Studios represents a group of professionals who offer personal studio services in the beauty and arts industries, including cosmetic arts, medium arts, and personalized apparel.

mermaids island grill
(910) 842-4999

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.

archibalds deli nc
(910) 842-6888

Locals and visitors alike rave about Archibald's sandwiches, soups, and subs. A couple favorite items include crab cakes and shrimp burgers, and...

Tour H2O
919-524-1138

Comfy, large pontoon boats are roomy enough for group fishing trips, nature tours, sunset cruises, and fun "limo" rides. Save on tours of 3+ hours with your Hobbspitality bracelet.

sunset river marketplace
(910) 575-5999

The Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC showcases artists from the two Carolinas' contemporary art, pottery, jewelry and more. In addition to the gallery, Sunset River offers instruction for all levels.

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.

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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