Our Local Area

Our Beaches

The gently sloping strand offers calm surf by and large without strong currents.

The wide span of sugar fine sand is perfect for sandcastles and activities to build memories upon.

There is always a place for your beach chair and umbrella. There are no bright lights or heavy traffic, just a peaceful setting for your vacation. Our water temperature is on the average 10 degrees warmer than the Outer Banks. Seasonal changes are mild offering beach enjoyment year round.

Calabash Dining

Dining in Calabash, North Carolina, is a seafood-lover's paradise!

Famous for fried and broiled seafood specialties, visit the world-renowned Fishing Village of Calabash with its several seafood restaurants.

Calabsh is a must-visit.


Browse around the boutiques, galleries, gift shops, and surf shops on Ocean Isle Beach and The Fishing Village of Calabash.

Take a trip to the Grand Strand for a unique shopping experience at Barefoot Landing, Broadway at the Beach or its many outlet stores.

For a rare treat go to nearby Wilmington and visit the Cotton Exchange or Chandlers Wharf just minutes away.

Turtle Watching

May through October offers nesting and hatching sea turtles along our Islands.

Experience the wonder of a nesting Loggerhead turtle or the "boil" of a hatching nest. What an experience!

During nesting lays, you may have an opportunity to name the next baby loggerhead for a small donation to the turtle watch program. "Nest parents" (volunteers) watch nests nightly during their expected hatching times to assist the babies into the surf and to protect them from predators.

The "Turtle Lady" of Ocean Isle Beach, Gloria Hillenburg, holds weekly learning lectures at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on Monday nights during the summer.

This is a must do activity for kids and families of all ages.

For more information e-mail the Turtle Lady here or give her a call!



Experience the natural beauty of the Carolinas while playing a round of Golf on over 100 area courses!

The variety of courses offers a good time for all levels of ability. Ocean Isle Inn will assist you with a golf outing to remember, so be sure to check out our amazing Golf Packages.

Orton Plantation

Just a mile north of Brunswick Town the lush southern Orton Plantation includes magnolias, cypress, live oaks and thousands of azaleas.

Once a working rice plantation, the rice fields are now home to alligators and many unusual species of birds.

The residence is private and not open to the public.

Museum of Coastal Carolina

Conveniently located on Ocean Isle Beach and allied with the famed Discovery Place in Charlotte, NC the Museum of Coastal Carolina offers coastal history of the Carolinas and is Brunswick County museum favorite.

A walk through "The Reef Room" is the next best thing to being underwater. Experience the excellent displays of aquatic life, the tide machine, waterfowl dioramas, and antique fishing equipment, Carolina shells, shark teeth, and artifacts of Native American culture. Educational and entertaining programs are offered throughout the year.

Special children's education programs are offered daily during the summer.

For program schedules and information call or visit the Website.


Old Baldy Lighthouse

Located on the east side of the Cape Fear River is Bald Head Island, where you can find North Carolina's oldest remaining lighthouse: Bald Head Light, affectionately known as Old Baldy.

Some 100 steps and a wooden ladder lead to the top and a spectacular view of the island, Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River. You can explore this island by bike or golf cart (available for rental on the island) but no cars are allowed so you must reach the island by ferry from Southport, NC.

Be sure to check out Old Baldy's website.


Brunswick Town

Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson were founded in 1726 and burned by the British in 1776.

The state historic site has been excavated, revealing much of the life in this colonial town. A museum displays artifacts gathered from the ruins. Ruins include St Philip's Church, the home of two royal governors and the earthen mounds of the Confederate Fort Anderson.

Free Admission.


Fort Fisher Civil War Museum

The last major stronghold of the Confederacy, Fort Fisher was the largest earthwork fortification in the south during the American Civil War.

It kept the port of Wilmington and the Cape Fear River open to blockade-runners.

The alert visitor may catch a glimpse of the ghost of Confederate General, William H.C. Whiting, who was imprisoned by the Union following his unsuccessful defense, during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher.

Free Admission.

An open-air car ferry frequently travels between Southport, North Carolina and Fort Fisher. Crossing time is about 30 minutes. Reservations recommended.


NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is now nearly three times its original size.

The 84,000 square feet building contains many new exhibit areas, including a half-acre freshwater Conservatory and a two-story saltwater habitat called Cape Fear Shoals.

The Aquarium displays aquatic life of the Cape Fear River and wetlands, creatures of the coastal waters near the river's mouth, and life in the open ocean beyond. Visitors begin near the headwaters, where cascading waterfalls splash into pools filled with sturgeon and striped bass. The journey culminates at the far end of the facility, where several saltwater aquariums showcase sharks, groupers, colorful reef fishes and other offshore creatures.

There's much to see and do. Visit the website for details.


Myrtle Beach

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is the place for all the bright lights, water parks, music theaters, shopping, amusement park rides you can stand!

North Myrtle Beach is a short 30-minute drive and downtown Myrtle Beach can be reached within 45 minutes

Enjoy the lights but hurry back to the quiet of Sand, Sun and Family Fun our Ocean Isle Beach and surrounding islands have to offer.

Historic Wilmington

A short drive up Highway 17 offers you that jewel of Brunswick County, the historic city of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Minutes away from nearby beaches, historic downtown Wilmington has a one-mile-long Riverwalk, the USS North Carolina Battleship.

Historic downtown Wilmington is worth a stroll to view the residences, the quaint shops and coffee houses.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans is are a Minor League Baseball team in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Previously affiliated with Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans are now the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs.

See their offical website.


Charter Fishing

Charter Fishing is a type of Recreational boat fishing, where the fisher charters offshore boats, keeping costs low, but the fun high.

Within our lovely Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, is the much loved Ocean Isle Fishing Center, or OIFC. Be sure get on over there!



Play a round of golf at one of over 100 nearby championship courses. Partake in a game of tennis at our tennis courts.

Fish off the pier, in the surf, or charter a boat for a half day or full day trip to the Gulf Stream.

If you just want to have fun in our backyard, play a game of beach volleyball, sail, kayak, or ride the waves on your surf or body board.


Enjoy a complimentary Continental Breakfast in our Seaside Garden or perhaps on your private Oceanfront balcony.


Just over in Sunset Beach is the wonderful Ingram Planetarium.

Open Tuesday through Saturday, a most memorable experience for the entire family.



Imbibe at one of the local clubs of Ocean Isle Beach and enjoy a variety of live music or your favorite sporting event.

Go to close by North Myrtle Beach and see one of the spectacular shows at the Alabama Theatre, Legends in Concert, House of Blues and the many others that offer musical shows and top performers.

If, alternatively, you just want to relax, unwind, and see a movie, go to a show at the new Frank Theatres Coastal 10 Cinema in Shallotte, NC, which feature's stadium seating.


Besides our beautiful beaches, the Ocean Isle area is known for its history and natural grandeur. Visit the plantations, North Carolina Battleship Memorial, Fort Fisher Aquarium or take a walking tour of mansions and churches at Wilmington's historic waterfront.

Shallotte River Swamp Park

The Shallotte River Swamp Park & Outdoor Center in Ocean Isle Beach has topped TripAdvisor's lists and it's easy to see why.

Take a majestic tour and explore the ecological benefits of this natural environment or indulge in one of our many action activities we have on hand. You can choose from one of our three fun-filled activities or maybe do them all!

Experience the area with guided Zipline tours, climb on the Aerial Adventure Park, or relax and enjoy the Shallotte River on our Swamp Tour.

For the more adventurous, climb to the top of the Main Tower and step off the Pelican Dive. It is sensational!

With something for all ages, these spectacular adventures and breathtaking views are all here waiting for you!