Active Adventures Along the Brunswick Islands

Venture out of your comfort zone and into nature on an active adventure in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands. Parkside, seaside or riverside, the Brunswick Islands are filled with excursions for all levels of adventurers. Explore freshwater and saltwater activities, such as charter fishing, kayaking, surfing or paddle boarding, or discover the rich history of the islands on a guided tour. From the surf to the sky, North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands set the bar higher for adventure seekers in the southeast.

Sand and Surf Adventures

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Don’t just dip your toes in the water! Dive straight into the surf with your board or if you’re certified in scuba diving take a saltwater adventure during your visit to the Brunswick Islands. Several factors make the Brunswick Islands the perfect location for surf classes.  Number one, and most important, the gentle sloping beaches allow for waves to break softly, meaning beginner surfers can take their time getting on their feet. The second reason is the relatively smaller waves seen in the area. Waves of 2′-3′ are ideal to start your surfing adventure on. And third, the warm summer waters invite everyone to come experience the beauty of surfing.

Kayaking and Paddle Boarding

Feeling landlocked lately? Your next adventure could lie just around the bend balancing on a paddle board or seated in a kayak in a river, tidal creek, or the Intracoastal Waterway. Island adventurers can pick their intensity from a meandering paddle downstream to kayaking on the ocean tide. Visitors are welcome to bring their own gear or rent equipment during their stay.

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Let our local charter captains help you find the big catch whether it’s out in the Gulf Stream or in-shore fishing. You’ll be sure to have plenty of “fish tales” from your adventure along with the fresh catch of the day.

 

 

Adventure By Land

Parks

Reconnect with nature on a blissful stroll through one of the many Brunswick Islands parks or nature preserves. Explore the environment and native animals on a journey from longleaf pine savannas to cool Carolina marshes and sandy shores, or hit the trails for biking, hiking or horseback riding. Take a break from the surf and trade sandy beaches for unspoiled woodlands, riverwalks and expansive estuaries.

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From the breezy comfort of a tram or bicycle to a classic walking tour, opportunities abound to explore the rich and unique history of the Brunswick Islands. Tours give visitors opportunities to discover those who have called the island home, from movie crews filming the latest Hollywood hit to pirates of the past. You’re invited to journey back in time strolling past classic Southern architecture or popular waterfront attractions in the charming coastal towns.

Biking

Treat yourself to the quintessential seaside experience by renting a bike and exploring the enchanting island towns for yourself. Discover the hidden gems of the Brunswick Islands as you wind through the quaint seaside towns. Feel like a local as you breeze past scenic ocean views and colorful storefronts searching for your next adventure.

High in the Sky Adventure

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Take your coastal excursion to new heights as you soar above a swamp on a zip line at Shallotte River Swamp Park. Swing into adventure while flying through a 300-year-old swamp cypress canopy. Large and small groups alike are welcome to enjoy a bird’s eye view while flying through the lush treetops.

 

Lighthouses

For those looking for a middle ground between a high-flying adventure and grounded escape, climb one of the lighthouses essential to the Carolina coast’s history. These charming lighthouses are filled top to bottom with the history of the seaside towns and boast spectacular sights of the endless beaches and ocean.

Helicopter Tours and Biplane Rides

DSC_0239_BaldHead_Aerial_hiClimb to even greater heights on a biplane or helicopter tour with the clearest view of the Carolina coast. Hop into a helicopter or an open cockpit biplane for perfect marine life and lighthouse spotting opportunities.

Summer weather beckons travelers to find their adventurous side, whether that’s exploring the surf and saltwater or soaring over southern swampland. Soak in the rays of summer in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands where you will find activities to quench anyone’s thirst for adventure.

Five Great Reasons to Visit NC’s Brunswick Islands in the Spring

five great reasons to visit North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands in the Spring:

1. Spring Festivals

Phlock to the Beach “A Buffett Style Beach Bash”, April 18, 2015, brings Jimmy Buffett inspired merriment to events like the Oak Island Lighthouse 5k, 10k, & 1/2 Marathon, Wings and Wheel automotive and airplane show, and the Beach Bash Concert.

At Holden Beach’s Days at the Docks Festival, April 25-26, 2015, festival goers can peruse over 40 arts and crafts and food vendors set up under Holden Beach bridge while they enjoy live music and entertainment. Unique activities include the horseshoe tournament and the world-famous “Bopple Race,” where numbered apples race down the Intracoastal Waterway to the finish line.

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Visitors will have North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands to themselves when they beat the summer season to the miles of unspoiled beaches and beautiful southern towns. After a day in the sand, Brunswick Islands’ towns also offer visitors quaint shopping and world-class cuisine.

3. Good Weather with Ideal Temperatures in the 70s

Great temperate spring weather means you can stay out longer on the beach without overheating and watch the beautiful sunrises and sunsets in the evening without getting too cold. Those who want to get active in the water can try surfing or SUP (stand-up paddle boarding). And whether you are reeling in a catch from a pier or a boat, these wonderful temperatures make fishing for flounder, drum, sea bass, tuna, mahi-mahi and many other species a relaxing and pleasant experience.

4. Great Golf

Golfers looking for long days on the fairways in the cool, salty air of the coast are sure to love the lush golf courses of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands also known as NC’Pearl 16 West_0179_LL_his Golf Coast. There are courses for every type of player, from beginner to expert, and many of these well-maintained courses were designed by legendary golf architects like Arnold Palmer, Rees Jones, Dan Maples, Willard Byrd, Tim Cate and Hale Irwin.

5. Great Deals on Vacation Homes

Get more bang for your buck with the lower spring prices for accommodations around the islands. Whether you are looking for a weekend cottage for two or a house large enough to fit the whole family, North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands has vacation homes available to fit any budget this spring at popular locations like Holden Beach, Caswell Beach, Bald Head Island, Oak Island, Sunset Beach , and Ocean Isle Beach.

Oak Island Vacation Rental HomeSpring is the perfect time to visit the five pristine barrier islands and lovely southern towns of North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands and find out why this gorgeous seaside country is one of the best vacation destinations on the east coast. Start planning your vacation today!

Outdoor adventures

Kayaking

North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands offers some of the best kayaking in the state. With plenty of places to paddle, miles of black water, salt marsh creeks and rivers as well as the Intracoastal Waterway – you’ll be bragging about this trip for ages. At twilight, breathtaking sunsets put on a show and birds fly overhead. You will love the serene sunset and moonlight kayaking as the ideal combination of relaxation and adventure. Popular kayak guides and outfitters in North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands include: Summertide Adventure Tours, Lighthouse Water Sports and The Adventure Company.

Not an experienced kayaker? Each Brunswick Island’s tour guide is sure to offer unique experiences and itineraries, and only require low to moderate fitness levels and no experience is necessary. Your little travelers will love the tandem kayaks available. The tours last around two hours; prices and scenery vary by location.

Insider Tip: Visit North Carolina’s Brunswick Islands during a full moon to experience kayaking tours by moonlight.

Sea Turtle Season

You haven’t been to a more diverse vacation spot than North Carolina Brunswick Islands! Spend your days on the golf course, on the beach, shopping, or visit the beaches that are home to loggerhead sea turtles, spectacular creatures that have made their way to the shores of Brunswick Islands!

Bald Head IslandHolden BeachSunset BeachOcean Isle BeachCaswell Beach and Oak Island  all run Sea Turtle Protection Programs May through October that monitor and record nesting turtles and hatchlings, and they all welcome the opportunity to educate visitors about the turtles and these Hatchling programs.

For centuries, sea turtles have come to our pristine shores to lay their eggs and continue the circle of life. Watching a hatchling, barely larger than a walnut, inch its way to the ocean for the very first time might be one of the greatest sights you’ll ever see. You will be able to learn more about the celebrated creatures with a free seminar, tour and information about protecting this mysterious and endangered species by visiting the many sea turtle protection groups in the area.

In Chinese mythology, the sea turtle represents wisdom. Perhaps that’s why so many mother turtles come to Brunswick Island’s beaches to nest; they know a good place to visit when they see it and you will too!

Insider Tip: The Museum of Coastal Carolina on Ocean Isle is a great coastal primer for children who enjoy dioramas and hands-on experiences including a fabulous sea turtle exhibit!