Top 10 Things to do in Southport, United States

July 28, 2017 Russell Mellin

Southport is a city in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. Its estimated population was 3,625 as of the 2016 census.
Restaurants in Southport

1. Bald Head Island Lighthouse

101 Lighthouse Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC 28461-3982 +1 910-457-7481
Excellent
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4.5 based on 198 reviews

Bald Head Island Lighthouse

Old Baldy, built 1817, is North Carolina's oldest lighthouse. Restoration projects by the not for profit Old Baldy Foundation allows visitors today to enjoy the tower and climb to the top for a breathtaking view of the island and surrounding area. Tickets available in the Keeper's Cottage, home to the Smith Island Museum of History and lighthouse gift shop.

Reviewed By D2958ZXgarym - King, United States

Situated two nautical miles from Southport, Bald Head is North Carolina’s southernmost barrier island and is accessible only by public ferry or private boat. With the exception of service and emergency vehicles, no cars are permitted on the island, and transportation is limited to electric...MoreThank you for such a thorough and informative review! It's reviews like yours that are so helpful to our visitors.

2. Oak Island Beaches

Oak Island Drive, Oak Island, NC
Excellent
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4.5 based on 478 reviews

Oak Island Beaches

Reviewed By ViajeMujer - Rougemont, North Carolina

Went morning and evening to the lovely beaches at Oak Island, 2 different days. Off season, able to park in their public parking area right by beach which was great-we had a lot to tote onto the beach-including our dogs-yes, very pet friendly. Loved walking the beach, watching the spectacular sunsets. Only problem: no public bathrooms. Not good.

3. Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry

1650 Ferry Rd., Southport, NC 28461 +1 910-457-6942
Excellent
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5 based on 305 reviews

Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry

Reviewed By Conniedelmont - Delmont, Pa.

What a great deal $5.00 per car. It 's just a mere 35 minutes to Fort Fisher. Once there go to aquarium. It was very nice. Make sure to see mermaid show . You can also drive to Wilmington from here.

4. Oak Island Lighthouse

300A Caswell Beach Rd, Oak Island, NC 28465-8443 +1 910-278-5471
Excellent
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4.5 based on 211 reviews

Oak Island Lighthouse

Reviewed By Kevin M

I was not planning to go to the lighthouse on this trip but was invited by some friends, and I am glad I went. The tour was limited to the lower parts of the lighthouse, apparently they only have tours to the top on certain days of the week, you should check first. With that being said, it was still a good tour. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. They had a display of types of lights used in lighthouses, including the current set up. I learned that lighthouses have a specific sequence of light pattern that informs the ships which lighthouse they are seeing. Plus the construction information would be a blast for kids, and adults, interested in construction engineering.

5. Southport Pier and RIverwalk

Howe St, Southport, NC
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4.5 based on 305 reviews

Southport Pier and RIverwalk

Reviewed By tedtom51 - Connecticut

On a recent road-trip stopover, we grabbed sandwiches at an in-town deli and enjoyed them at a picnic table alongside the water. It was a great spot to relax for an hour and watch the boats go by before heading over to the Southport Ferry.

6. North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

204 E Moore St, Southport, NC 28461-3928 +1 910-457-0003
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4.5 based on 267 reviews

North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport

Reviewed By David K - Jonas Ridge, North Carolina

I am a history buff and I also realize this is a small building and probably heavily driven by donations. That being said, I used this location to kill time while my wife was getting a massage at River Sound Massage nearby. I took my time and I was still "done" in about 30 minutes. It IS nice and worth seeing, but just isn't that big.

7. Fort Johnston - Southport Museum & Visitors Center

203 E Bay St, Southport, NC 28461-3910 +1 910-457-7927
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

Fort Johnston - Southport Museum & Visitors Center

Reviewed By RickiePooFan - Livingston, Tennessee

We just walked all around outside and read all the plaques, statues, etc to learn so much about this Fort. That was interesting! The grounds are immaculate! An easy walk with tons of info. we did not go in the museum this visit. we will next time!

8. Southport Marina

606 W West St, Southport, NC 28461-3850 +1 910-457-9900
Excellent
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4.5 based on 66 reviews

Southport Marina

Reviewed By Lmmarconi - Pewee Valley, Kentucky

Southport is a lovely costal town.We enjoyed going to marina and looking @ the beautiful boats.People r so friendly there.We visited for the 4th of July festival.Lots of quaint B&Bs and good places to eat.Town has a very laid back feeling.It was busy the day of parade,so we stayed @ the Bell Clemmons B&B,which is lovey with very nice owners.

9. Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room

105 S Howe St, Southport, NC 28461-3817 +1 910-777-5151
Excellent
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4.5 based on 104 reviews

Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room

In the heart of downtown Southport, NC come taste international award-winning wines made by Silver Coast Winery. In addition to our wines, we feature 6 craft beers on tap. The taps change frequently, so come often. After a day of antiquing come enjoy a wine or beer tasting or a glass of wine or pint while you browse our gift shop. The wine labels and art gallery feature works by local artists. Special events include wine and chocolate and wine and cheese pairings. The art gallery is a great setting for a bridal shower, private wine tasting and other events. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 11am to 8pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm. Wine tastings daily. Host a birthday party, bridal shower, anniversary party or other private event in our art gallery and tasting room.

Reviewed By jrandy2000 - Fayetteville, North Carolina

Great little place, super friendly staff and management. Good selection of wines, came in for the wine tasting, they have several different levels at very reasonable pricing. Also offer several local beers on tap and they change them weekly...great visit if you are along the waterfront.

130 E West St, Southport, NC 28461-3950 +1 925-286-8475
Excellent
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Franklin Square Gallery

Reviewed By vacati0nbug - New Jersey

Never tire of going through this gallery when in Southport for the summer. Love seeing artwork by locals. The pottery is beautiful and priced well. Staff is friendly. Nice place to duck into on a hot summers day. First Friday Art Walks here are awesome...MoreThank you so much for your kind review. We have a revolving gallery of new work daily! We are also starting a lecture series for the community, info on our website and facebook pages!

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