It’s time to get the family out of the house, either for an entire day or for the afternoon – what are you going to do? Oak Island and our surrounding towns have so many great family-friendly activities for people of all ages!
You can explore from the deep waters of our oceans at the aquarium or visit the highest stars in the sky at the planetarium. New to the area is the Shallotte River Swamp Park which you definitely want to check out during your stay!
Battleship North Carolina | (910) 251-5797 | Website
Step back in time and walk the decks of the Battleship North Carolina. Envision the daily life and fierce combat her crew faced in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.
Blue Tarp Tours | (336) 618-1392 | Website
Offering fun, informative walking tours complete with personal anecdotes, Southport history and Cape Fear River Ecology tidbits.
Brunswick Town & Fort Anderson | (910) 371-6613 | Website
Visit this pre-Revolutionary historical town while enjoying the sights and sounds of a Civil War-era fort.
Fort Fisher Historical Site | (910) 458-5538 | Website
While taking a day trip to visit the Aquarium, stop by this recently renovated facility with audiovisual programs and exhibits. The North Carolina Underwater Archaeology headquarters can also be found on the property.
Ingram Planetarium & Museum of Coastal Carolina | (910) 575-0033 | Website
Eastern NC’s only planetarium offers exciting programs in astronomy, science and space exploration. Take a seat under the 40′ domed theater for a magical experience.
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher | (910) 458-8257 | Website
Take the Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry to the N.C. Aquarium where you’ll encounter amazing exhibits of aquatic life in the coastal Carolina waters.
Oak Island Lighthouse | (910) 278-5471 | Website
Climb the 133 steps to the top of the Oak Island Lighthouse for a view of the island that simply can’t be beat. Must be at least 9 years of age.
Oak Island Jungle Golf & Arcade | (910) 201-1444
Kids from 1 to 100 love miniature golf and the challenge of getting a hole-in-one. Try your luck at Oak Island’s only 18-hole miniature golf course and then hit the arcade for more competitive fun!
Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum | (910) 457-7481 | Website
Climb to the top of NC’s oldest standing lighthouse for a breathtaking view and visit the Smith Island Museum, which is housed in a replica 1850’s lighthouse keeper’s cottage to learn about the island’s rich maritime past.
Planet Fun Family Entertainment Center | (910) 755-2FUN | Website
Planet Fun is Brunswick County’s largest family entertainment center! We offer 32 lanes of bowling, a 2-story laser tag arena, a 9-hole cosmic mini-golf course, a redemption arcade, bounce house, bowling pro shop, and the unique Starz Grille family restaurant.
Quest Game The Port | Website
Learn more about Southport’s rich history and the area itself with this fun and interactive quest. Simply download the application; and, take your family on an adventure scoring points for solving trivia and checking in at local spots along the way.
Shallotte River Swamp Park | (910) 687-6100 | Website
Experience the area with our 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!
Silver Coast Winery | (910) 287-2800 | Website
Silver Coast Winery is an active wine making facility, opened in 2002 and modeled after traditional, classic, European styles. All wines are produced in-house, visit the Ocean Isle Beach location for daily wine tastings as well as tours of the full production facility.
Southport Fun Tours | (910) 713-3373 | Website
Bring the whole family and join us for a fun-filled ride through Southport’s historic waterfront district aboard our state-of-the art electric tram. Learn about Southport’s intriguing history and culture, and hear stories of pirates, wars and hurricanes.
Southport Maritime Museum | (910) 457-0003 | Website
Discover North Carolina’s rich maritime history, coastal heritage and marine environments through unique exhibits and programs designed for all ages.
Surf Cinemas Movie Theater | (910) 457-0320 | Website
If you run across a rainy day or just need a break from the beach, a movie is always a great escape. Surf Cinema usually has several kid and family-friendly movies playing.