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Check out the many historical and beautiful areas surrounding Bald Head Island. Plan a day trip to visit one of these amazing locations just miles from the pristine shores of Bald Head Island.


Located along the west side of the mouth of the Cape Fear River, Southport can be reached by ferry or by scenic highway. If you drive into Southport, you can enjoy attractions on the way such as Orton Plantation, the Old Brunswick Town Site and the Progress Energy Nuclear Plant and Plant Energy Center.

Oak Island

The peaceful Oak Island is truly a place where you can get away from it all. Home to the beautiful Environmental Overlook Trails and the Dot Kelly Memorial Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden, Oak Island is definitely a coastal gem of North Carolina. While you are on Oak Island, you can also enjoy shopping the area boutiques for the perfect souvenir or gift.

Holden Beach

Holden Beach, an eight-mile long island in Brunswick County, is home to approximately 900 year-round residents. The island offers a variety of activities for those of all ages and has a strong tourist season that lasts from May through August. Much of the income for Holden Beach comes from this tourism industry, which increases the peak season island population to about 15,000 people.

Ocean Isle Beach

Known for wide sandy white beaches and gentle surf, Ocean Isle Beach is a quiet retreat that offers a variety of fun activities. The middle island in the group of South Brunswick Islands, Ocean Isle Beach offers eight beautiful miles of beaches and a combination of restaurants, specialty shops, public tennis courts, fishing, a variety of water sport activities and a water slide park.

Sunset Beach

Brunswick County's southernmost island, Sunset Beach, is a short three miles long and offers many visitors the perfect vacation getaway each year. Accessible only by a one-lane pontoon bridge that crosses a salt marsh, Sunset Beach is a quiet coastal village that consists primarily of beach houses.