Stroll through picturesque downtown Southport and
you’ll discover an eclectic dining scene, boutiques offering
unique gifts, art galleries and renowned antique stores with
rare Southern pieces and Civil War artifacts.
Hollywood has also been lured by Southport’s charms.
Movies such as Safe Haven, Crimes of the Heart and A Walk
to Remember have been filmed here.
Southport’s special events include fishing tournaments, a
summer farmer’s market and a juried art show. The official
North Carolina Fourth of July Festival is held in Southport
each year and features an incredible parade and a brilliant
fireworks display over the Cape Fear River.
Just 30 minutes south of Wilmington, Southport is also
close to three beautiful barrier island beaches: Oak Island,
Bald Head Island and Fort Fisher. A pleasant ferry ride across
the Cape Fear River takes visitors to Bald Head Island and
Southport’s laid-back vibe and serene water vistas will
make you slow down and enjoy the moment. So pull up a
rocking chair, sip some sweet tea and let the cool sea breeze
wash over you.
TOP THINGS TO DO
• Bald Head Island Ferry
Leave your car behind and take a ferry ride to Bald Head Island, where you can enjoy 14 miles of pristine beaches, explore
a maritime forest, catch a bite to eat and visit the
“Old Baldy” lighthouse, the oldest still standing in the state.
• Downtown Southport
Stroll past historic Southern architecture and enjoy
restaurants, museums, unique shops and antiques along
the town’s tree-lined streets.
• Historic Riverwalk
Take a scenic walk overlooking marinas, gorgeous riverfront
landscapes and an abundance of native wildlife. While you’re
there, take a quick jaunt down the Southport City Pier for
incredible views of the Cape Fear River.
• Marsh Walk
Nature lovers who want to take an in-depth and self-guided
exploration of Southport’s wild terrain can take an easy
stroll down the “Marsh Walk.” This long boardwalk provides
incredible views of the Cape Fear River, the Elizabeth River
and miles of the waterfront terrain.
• NC Maritime Museum
Over time, the Cape Fear region’s people and their relationship
to the water has been complex. Dive right into the fascinating history and culture that this region supplies through this
detailed and fascinating collection including shipwrecks,
commerce, pirates, war, hurricanes and fishing.
• Waterfront Park and City Pier
Take in stunning open water views with picnic tables, benches,
swings and proximity to the fishing pier.