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Brunswick County is full of little spots that are perfect for an afternoon out. Here are some you should plan to visit.

Tourists and permanent residents love the scenic beauty of Brunswick County. Thanks to the presence of the Cape Fear River, Intercoastal Waterway, and the Atlantic Ocean, there's no shortage of breathtaking panoramic water views. 

If you're ready to make Brunswick County your permanent home or to invest in a vacation property, our real estate agents suggest exploring the following picturesque locations while you search for your new coastal space.

  1. The Southport Pier and Riverwalk
    The Southport Pier and Riverwalk is situated at the edge of the Cape Fear River. It offers gorgeous water views of the river and the Intercoastal Waterway.

    This spacious walkway is handicap accessible and has lots of seating and lighting, making it an excellent spot to birdwatch, fish, or just take in the relaxing views. You can even spot the Oak Island lighthouse in the distance.
  1. Holden Beach
    Holden Beach is a popular destination thanks to its unspoiled beaches and charming, small-town vibes. It's a fantastic spot to spend a few hours.

    Begin your afternoon with lunch at one of the delicious eateries with amazing waterfront views, like LouLou's Waterfront. LouLou's Waterfront offers a scrumptious menu that includes steak and crab legs.

    After lunch, head to one of the wide, family-friendly beaches for a couple of hours, enjoying the sand and waves. During low tide, tide pools form on the beaches, offering up-close encounters with fish and other beach creatures.
  1. The Oak Island Lighthouse
    The Oak Island Lighthouse has the distinction of being the newest lighthouse in North Carolina. Built in 1958, the lighthouse is easily observed from the Caswell Beach boardwalk or from a viewing deck across the street. Take a couple of hours off from your search of Southport homes for sale and explore this coastal spot.

    Want to climb to the top of the lighthouse? The Oak Island Lighthouse allows visitors to access the top level, but you must schedule a private tour a couple of weeks in advance of your anticipated visit. There's no charge for the tour. Instead of the spiral staircases commonly found in lighthouses, the Oak Island Lighthouse has a type of stairs known as "ships ladders." These stairs are fairly steep, and you'll need to climb 131 steps to reach the top of the lighthouse.
  1. The Southport-Fort Fischer Ferry
    The Southport-Fort Fischer Ferry is a fun, efficient way to travel from Fort Fischer to Southport (and vice versa). It's only $7 for most vehicles, and the trip lasts about 35 minutes. Or ride the ferry as a pedestrian for $1 per person.

    This ferry ride offers one-of-a-kind views of the Cape Fear River and the NC coastline. Schedule a ride around sunset and surround yourself with a sky full of purple, pink, and orange hues.
  1. The Old Smithville Burying Ground
    The Old Smithville Burying Ground is a historical cemetery in Southport. This is a peaceful spot with giant oak trees that surround the cemetery with lush greenery.

    Some of the cemetery's oldest graves date back to the mid-1700s. Around Halloween, the cemetery holds Living Voices of the Past events. During these special tours, a guide dressed as a prominent Southport historical figure offers their account of historical events.

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