Tour the Brunswick Islands by Land, Sea and Air

With five barrier islands, 45 miles of beaches and several charming coastal towns, there’s lots to explore when visiting North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. While self-guided tours are an excellent way to discover the area, let the local experts give you the inside scoop. Guided tours are available throughout the islands and seaside towns, whether you’re a history buff, film buff, nature lover or just enjoying learning more about your favorite vacation destination. Below are some tour options that are sure to help you impress friends and family with your Brunswick Islands knowledge.

On Land
Find a historic Southport tour for all visitors in this quaint and charming town along the Cape Fear River. Tours are led by foot, bike and tram to provide in-depth history and fascinating facts about the town with homes and other architecture dating back to the 1800s. Other landmarks that will captivate those looking to learning about the past include the Old Brunswick Jail, Old Smithville Burial Grounds and the Old Yacht Basin, a popular movie filming location. If you’re looking for a thrill, be sure to check out the lantern-led Ghost Walk Tour to delve into the legends and lore of Southport. Around the holidays, you can also sign up for a home tour to see the beautiful, festive decorations for the winter season.

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During the summer, the Bird Island Preservation Society offers a guided walking tour of Bird Island each Wednesday. Learn about the coastal ecosystem of this beautiful undeveloped 1200 acre nature preserve during the 1 1/2 to 2 hour tour.

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Up in the Clouds
For a boost of adrenaline, take your tour to the skies with helicopter and biplane tours. Ocean Isle Beach Helicopter Tours and High Tide Helicopters offer incredible aerial tours of the Brunswick Islands. You can even sign up for a Discovery Flight with Hide Tide Helicopters where you can take a pilot lesson with their professional flight instructors. For a scenic flight for two, take an open cockpit biplane ride with Suncoast Aviation, or design a custom tour with Brunswick Air. Whether soaring over the waves or taking in the vibrant marshland, helicopter and biplane tours take your visit to a new level.

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On the Water
See the beauty of the Brunswick Islands by water with several types of boat tours. Local outfitters will guide you through the waterways on kayaks or paddleboards, a great opportunity for wildlife spotting along the Intracoastal Waterway or the many area creeks and rivers. Bring your camera for a sail or motor boat tour where you can spot dolphins, enjoy a sunset cruise and see the spectacular views that are unique to being on the water. To get up-close with another type of ecosystem, Shallotte River Swamp Park in Ocean Isle Beach offers swamp boat eco-tours to give guests a “frog’s-eye view” of the park’s cypress swamp.

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To learn more about planning your Brunswick Islands vacation and setting up a tour during your trip, visit http://www.ncbrunswick.com/fun_and_adventure/attractions.

Get a Bird’s-Eye View of the Brunswick Islands

Even with the fall weather setting in, travelers can still enjoy outdoor activities in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands with attractions that make the destination a perfect year-round vacation spot.

Find a new perspective on your next visit and get a bird’s-eye view of the Brunswick Islands by zipping, climbing or flying to great heights with spectacular sights.

Zipline Through the Canopies

DCIM100GOPROG0100475.It doesn’t have to be summer to explore the treetops by zipline! Soar through the 100-year-old cypress trees with zipline tours at Shallotte River Swamp Park and spot deer, raccoons, wild boar and more in the natural swamp habitat. Shallotte River Swamp Park is open year-round where you can get your fill of fun with 10 zipline stations including 1.25 miles of zipline cable, along with 53 different challenge elements in the aerial adventure park.

Climb Through History

DSC_7902_LRLooking for a middle ground between a high-flying adventure and grounded escape? The Brunswick Islands are home to both the oldest standing lighthouse and the last lighthouse built in North Carolina, and you can climb to the top of both for 360-degree views of the Carolina coast. Essential to the area’s history, Old Baldy on Bald Head Island is 110 feet tall and turns 200 years old in 2017. Completed in 1958, the Oak Island Lighthouse on Caswell Beach is the state’s newest lighthouse and invites visitors to climb 131 steps to the top with a series of ship ladders – a truly unique experience!

 

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Fly Through the Sky

DSC_0239_BaldHead_Aerial_hiBoost your adrenaline even more and hop into a helicopter or plane for breathtaking views of the Brunswick Islands. Take an amazing aerial tour by helicopter with Ocean Isle Beach Helicopter Tours or High Tide Helicopters. If you’re more into DIY, take adventure into your own hands by learning to pilot a helicopter with High Tide Helicopters’ professional flight instructors on a Discovery Flight. Suncoast Aviation offers open cockpit biplane rides, perfect for a scenic flight for two. Or design a custom tour with Brunswick Air.

To learn more and plan your high-flying adventure in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands, visit http://www.ncbrunswick.com/fun_and_adventure/attractions.

10 Romantic Things to do in the Brunswick Islands

this Valentine’s Day weekend or for your next anniversary or other special occasion, don’t go for the standard box of chocolates and flowers. Set your sights above the mundane and head for the coast with a romantic getaway to North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands!  Whether you are looking for a little adventure or relaxation to go with your romance, North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands has unique activities that are guaranteed to craft those signature moments with that special someone. Here are 10 things you can do when you sweep your sweetheart away to North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands:

1. Silver Coast Winery – Romantic Picnic and Award-Winning Wine

Located near Ocean Isle Beach, Silver Coast Winery is the perfect romantic spot. Pack a picnic and relax in its picturesque gardens. You can also enjoy wine tastings of their award-winning wines. This winery shines with its unique bottle labels that are designed by local artists, as well as a separate art gallery for local artisans.

2. Fly High over NC’s Brunswick Islands

If you are looking to do something exciting and adventure-packed, you can hop in a helicopter and take a tour over the breathtaking beaches and local sights. Get your adrenaline pumping with helicopter tours starting at $50 per person with High Tide Helicopters that fly over North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse, or dare to take control of the helicopter with the help of the professional flight instructor. You can also go on more than one adventure with Brunswick Air or take a biplane tour with Suncoast Aviation.

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Nothing is more romantic than walking along the beach at sunrise or sunset. Spend some quality time together as you spot the sun dancing off the ocean waves and create special memories that will last as long as the views are breathtaking.

4. Straight Out of the Movies

Relive moments from the movie Safe Haven, based on the Nicholas Sparks romantic novel, on a self-guided tour of the film’s locations. Maps are available at the Fort Johnston-Southport Museum and Visitors Center where you can also see props and memorabilia from the movie.

5. Adventures in a Swamp

Adrenaline junkies can go on a tree top adventure at Shallotte River Swamp Park. Take a 2 1/2 hour zipline tour that includes 10 lines and three bridges. For couples who want to experience the swamp, but aren’t so crazy about the heights, you can stick to the ground and take 50 minute Swamp Boat Eco Tour.

6. Share with a Kindred Spirit

DSC_9330_Sunset Beach_Kindred Spirit_LRWalk or bike across scenic Bird Island to find a quiet little spot with a mailbox and a bench, secluded from the public eye. The Kindred Spirit Mailbox is the perfect place for you and a loved one to write down your story and deliver it to the mailbox for others to read.

7. Sail into the Sunset

Explore the high seas and learn a new skill with the one you love by enrolling in sailing lessons. Hop aboard the boat and take an adventure as you sail into the sunset together. Or relax and let the crew handle the sailing for you. Make sure to check out the sailing vendors on North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands: Endless Summer SailingPriority Sailing and Sailing Vessel Kelly Allen.

8. Paddle Under the Moonlight

Relish the romance of the full moon or the sunset on the water as you paddle through the salt marsh creeks, black water rivers or the Intracoastal Waterway with The Adventure Kayak Company, Inc. Let a professional tour guide handle all the logistics and you can enjoy your time together under the stars.

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On your getaway, make sure to visit North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse, Old Baldy, as well as, Oak Island Lighthouse, the last lighthouse built in the state. Each has unique bird’s eye views of wide beaches and lush marshes for you to enjoy with your loved one.

10. Swing the Perfect Date

Maybe your idea of the perfect date is spending it on the fairways sharing a sport you both love. Enjoy the game and nature on courses that wind through marshes and maritime forests and along rivers and creeks and the Intracoastal Waterway. With over 30 courses, there are opportunities for golf throughout North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. Look through the Golf Directory to find the perfect location and course for you.

Make Your Plans

Start planning your perfect couples getaway in NC’s Brunswick Islands. There is romantic dining with breathtaking water views and fresh seafood all over North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands as well as a host of other cuisines. There are also a variety of cozy and unique accommodations from historic B&Bs to oceanside inns and cottages to resorts and golf villas.  For more activities and Brunswick Islands attractions visit here.