4963 Southport Supply Rd.
Southport, NC 28461
Phone: (910) 454-7444
Fax: (910) 454-7404
Located by the sea, the Caswell Beach is a small village nestled in the Oak Island. The Oak Island Lighthouse is a principal feature of the town.
North Carolina’s oldest standing lighthouse, Old Baldy stands proudly at 110 feet (33 meters) guiding ships past the dangerous shoals at the mouth of the Cape Fear River since the 18th Century to 1935. Today, the lighthouse provides possibly the best views of the Bald Head Island. Admission to Smith Island Museum (USD5 for adults and USD2 for children) allows you to climb the 108 steps of this historic lighthouse for a spectacular view of the island. The Smith Island Museum and the lighthouse are open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10:00a to 4:00p, and Sundays 11:00a to 4:00p.
Providing kids and adults a fantastic way of getting up, close and personal with aquatic animals, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is a great attraction. The place is instrumental in looking after several species of marine animals and does a great job in educating the visitors about these fascinating creatures which face dangers of extinction and pollution. Daily programs at the aquarium include observing divers as they swim through the shoal of the Cape Fear river; this is an interactive program where the diver entertains questions from the excited crowd. They also let you touch and feed certain amphibians. And the program ends with a film on aquatic wild life. In addition, other programs share interesting stories and knowledge about animals with kids, while the outdoor exploration lets kids have a one-on-one with professional naturalists out in the wild. Summer camps and scout programs are also organized annually, and the aquarium can also be used as a party venue for your little ones birthday.
Listed on the State Historic Sites, Fort Fisher played a pivotal role during the American Civil War. This stunning structure fortified the trading routes of Wilmington from attacks and supplied the Confederate armies with essential goods. After being designated as a landmark, Fort Fisher was transformed into a historic site that houses a museum where war exhibits, weapons, warrior gears, clothing and other artifacts are on display. Guided tours are a regular feature wherein visitors get to survey the fort's areas which were reconstructed after the war. Call ahead or check website for details.
Fort Fisher lies between the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Cape Fear River on the west. Here the largest naval bombardment and land-sea battle took place during the Civil War. Hiking, swimming, and fishing are just some of the many activities that visitors will enjoy.
Popular coastal attraction that features a full service marina, secluded camping area, the Venus Flytrap Trail, and miles of hiking trails. A visitor center on site contains exhibits depicting the history and natural diversity of the area.
Carolina Beach is a seaside town located in New Hanover County. The main attraction is its pristine shores that make it a great vacation destination for the family. Ride the surf, take a stroll along the boardwalk, visit the Carolina Beach State Park and North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, for a memorable experience.
Holden Beach is a lovely town that attracts tourists during the summer. Visitors love to explore the beach and indulge in swimming, castle building and other beach activities. You can also choose from the various accommodation options that will surely make your vacation memorable.
Situated on five acres that includes a wide variety of trees and flowers that create a forest-like atmosphere, this zoo features walkways that allow closeup observation of over 100 exotic birds, mammals, and reptiles. Two museums that contain exotic mounted specimens and artifacts from around the world are also on site, as well as a spacious gift shop.
An enclosed-basin marina that offers many services including a fenced and secure road access, high quality floating docks, some of the best storm and surge protection in the coastal Carolinas, and a variety of marine-oriented businesses.
A mini amusement park which is complete with bumper boats, a soft play area for the little ones, a miniature golf course, baseball and softball batting cages, a Lightning Speedway Go-Kart Track, and an interactive video game arcade and redemption center.
The Henrietta III is a fancy riverboat, that floats on a new theme everyday. Stepping aboard the Henrietta III means that you have just invited yourself for a whole lot of fun, cruising and tours.