Best Places to Watch Fireworks on July 4

Best Places to Watch Fireworks on July 4th
If you’ll be staying with us at the Ocean Isle Inn over the July 4th holiday you’ll want to know where the many celebratory activities will be held. If you need accommodations take a look at our waterfront vacation rentals in Ocean Isle Beach. We can accommodate you in luxury and at a price you can afford. You can count on it.

The annual Ocean Isle Beach Parade will take place on Friday, July 3 and features decorated golf carts, bicycles and more. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Parade participants should meet at the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot by 9:30 a.m. There is no official registration and no fee to march in the parade. Entries will be judged in four categories: golf carts, floats, walkers and bicycles. Sponsored by the Ocean Isle Property Owners Association.

The free Ocean Isle Beach Concert will also take place on July 3 from 6:30-8 p.m. at The Museum of the Coastal Carolinas parking lot, 21 East 2nd St., Ocean Isle Beach.

Following the concert there will be a Fireworks Show at the Ocean Isle Pier on July 3 beginning at 9 p.m. Fireworks will last approximately 20 minutes. Viewers will be able to watch the display from the pier, the beach in front of our inn, or anywhere on the Island. In case of rain the fireworks show will be re-scheduled for July 5 at 9 p.m.

Best Places to Watch Fireworks on July 4th
Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on July 4, members of the Old Bridge Preservation Society have planned fun and festivities for visitors and residents of Sunset Beach. With patriotic music playing and flags waving at the Old Bridge site, 109 Shoreline Drive W, Sunset Beach, there are a number of activities scheduled throughout the morning.

At 9:00 a.m. there will be a Parade over the Old Bridge, children (and adults) are encouraged to bring their decorated bicycles, wagons, strollers or sneakers to ride or march across the Old Bridge in step to rousing patriotic music. This parade is a perfect photo opportunity for grandparents and parents to capture the children in their red, white, and blue splendor.

Immediately following the parade, volunteers from the Old Bridge Preservation Society have planned multiple activity stations with good old-fashioned, All-American Games. There will be a cake walk, sack races, water can races, a knock down the cans game and the perennial favorite water balloon toss. If after taking part in all of the games the children are hungry there will be available decorated cupcakes to take the edge off. For more info call 910-363-6585.

Where to Rent Bikes Around Ocean Isle Beach

Where to Rent Bikes Around Ocean Isle Beach
When it comes to summer vacation, we all can agree that a beach vacation offers a whole lot of fun you probably wouldn’t experience at home. But what vacation would be complete without the family renting bikes to fully explore the Ocean Isle Beach area under their own power. Lucky for you there are places to rent all types of bicycles in the area. Check out the list below to find where to rent bikes around Ocean Isle Beach and then go exploring!


Surf Unlimited
17 Causeway Dr., Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Phone: (910) 579-1525

Family owned and family run business since 1980. Surf Unlimited has a full service rental shop downstairs that offers top quality trikes, mens & women’s bikes, kid cabs, cargo trailers, XL Men’s bikes, baby seats, and fat tire bikes for rent. They only buy the best equipment and service every item each time it is returned assuring a fun-filled vacation.


Island Hoppers Bicycle Products
7161 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach, NC
Phone: (910) 579-1766

Sales, service, parts and rentals of all types of bikes include adult trikes, road bikes, tandem, recumbents, beach bikes, fat tire bikes, urban bikes, and electric assist bikes. Check their website for local cycling routes.


Boomers Rentals
3468-4 Holden Beach Road, Causeway Plaza, Supply, NC
Phone: (910) 842-1400 or (800) 287-1990

Renting the following by the day, 3-days, or week: children’s tricycles, single speed children’s 16” and 20” bikes, trail-a-bike, training wheels, kid cabs, men’s adult 26” single speed bike, unisex adult 26” single-speed bike, unisex child 20” bike, and more. Helmets free with bike rentals. Also renting body boards, kayaks (double and single), surf boards, and stand up paddleboards.


Julie’s Rentals
432 Sunset Blvd., Sunset Beach, NC
Phone: (910) 579-1211

Renting bicycles for children and adults (baskets available), bikes with baby seats, adult trikes for challenged adults, kid kabs, funcycles, and banana peel bikes. Place orders two weeks in advance.



How to Make Mother’s Day Extra Special This Year

If your usual way of celebrating Mother’s Day is to have your Mom over for a cookout or buying her flowers, why not kick it up a notch this year and do something that’s a whole lot more fun. We have some great ideas for how to make this year’s Mother’s Day extra special. We think your mom will thank you!

How to Make Mother's Day Extra Special This Year

Take Mom to Silver Coast Winery for a wine tasting and plenty more. The winery is popular for their wine festivals, assortment of other special events as well as their wine tasting rooms. Located at 6680 Barbeque Rd., NW, Ocean Isle Beach.


Head over to Surf Unlimited and rent a couple of kayaks. What a relaxing way to spend Mother’s Day this year. Located at 17 Causeway Dr., Ocean Isle Beach. Phone (910) 579-1525. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


When was the last time your mother rode a bicycle? At Beachway Rentals and Service you can rent adults and children’s bikes by the week. Located at 6255 Beach Dr. SW, Ocean Isle Beach. Phone (910) 579-8788.

What Mom wouldn’t enjoy a fun filled game of bowling with the family! Family fun is available for all ages at Planet Fun Bowling & Arcade. Come enjoy bowling, mini golf, laser tag, arcade games or the grill next door. Located at 349 Whiteville Rd. NW, Shallotte, NC.

Dinner out is always a tried and true option for anyone’s special day whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or Mother’s Day. Take Mom out to The Isles Restaurant & Tiki Bar at 417 W 2nd St., Ocean Isle Beach. Phone (910) 575-5988. Check their full menu on their website.

Wishing all the mothers and mothers-to-be a very delightful Mother’s Day this year from all of us at Ocean Isle Inn!

Planning That Summer Vacation in Ocean Isle Beach

It’s never too early to start making your plans for this year’s summer vacation in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Those who have visited us at Ocean Isle Inn tend to return year after year. Come spend some time with us and you’ll surely see why! When you stay in our comfortable and affordable accommodations you’ll know you’re someplace special.

Planning That Summer Vacation in Ocean Isle Beach

If you’re trying to decide which week to come keep in mind the Free Concert Series we have right here at the Museum of the Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach every summer.

Join us every Friday night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at any of the following free concerts but be sure to bring a chair or blanket to sit on!

2016 Ocean Isle Beach Free Concert Series: 

May 27th The Fantastic Shakers
June 3rd Blackwater Rhythm & Blues
June 10th The Imitations
June 17th Tommy Black Band
June 24th The Embers feat. Craig Woolard
July 1st The Entertainers
July 8th Band of Oz
July 15th Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot
July 22nd Too Much Sylvia
July 29th Continental Divide
August 5th The Legacy Motown Revue
August 12th Mark Roberts Band
August 19th Steve Owens & Summertime
August 26th The Attractions
September 2nd Holiday Band
September 9th The Carolina Breakers

Print this list and keep it so you know who’s playing when this summer!


Celebrate Easter at the Southport Spring Festival

Celebrate Easter at the Southport Spring Festival


In celebration of Easter, the City of Southport NC is hosting the Southport Spring Festival on Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, 2016. Residents and visitors alike are invited to join us to welcome spring at this popular beach festival that’s been a tradition for over 25 years.

The festival takes place on Easter Weekend and lasts from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday. The two-day festival features a large assortment of activities that will include musical entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, gorgeous azaleas and other plants for sale, as well as plenty of food vendors. There will also be a 5K Run/Walk.

The festival will be held at Franklin Square Park, 130 East West Street, Southport, NC. Admission for this event is free.

The festival is sponsored by Downtown Southport, Inc. and the Southport-Oak Island Kiwanis Club. For general information about the event contact Downtown Southport Inc at (910) 279-4616. For specific information about the craft show please contact (910) 279-4616.