For those new to the Southport area, congratulations! Not only do you have your new home from Southport homes for sale to enjoy, but you've also got myriad attractions nearby. The area is a gateway to wonders, with beaches, a maritime town, fishing, golfing, kayaking, and exciting historical and cultural attractions. Whether you're outdoorsy or more of a shopping/dining aficionado, you can find something that will call to you at Southport.
Our real estate agents have put together a brief compilation of some top attractions to get you started in your explorations.
- Discovering Southport's history.
Getting a feel for the history of this interesting maritime town will help orient you better. Start with the Fort Johnston-Southport Museum and Visitors' Center for maps and brochures that will help you take a self-guided walking tour. From Fort Johnston, see homes, churches, the Old Brunswick County Jail Museum, City Hall, Old Smithville Burial Grounds, and the River Pilots Tower. Don't forget the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, where you can learn about the natural and cultural history of this unique area, including indigenous mariners, commercial fisheries, and sailing and steam vessels. Oh, and there's a charming river walk too.
- Lighthouses, lighthouses, lighthouses.
Price's Creek Lighthouse. Located on private land, the lighthouse is best viewed from the Southport-Fort Fisher ferry.
Oak Island Lighthouse, 300a Caswell Beach Rd, Oak Island, NC
Bald Head Lighthouse, 101 Light House Wynd, Bald Head Island, NC
If you've never visited a lighthouse, you're in for a treat. The Southport area has them in abundance. You might start with Price's Creek Lighthouse (26 feet tall), which was built in 1849, but has been in ruins since the Civil War. A more modern lighthouse can be seen at Oak Island (153 feet tall), near the town of Caswell Beach and near the mouth of the Cape Fear River. The Cape Fear River, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean in this area, has been crucial to the development of Southport. Visit Bald Head Lighthouse (called Old Baldy, it stands 110 feet), via ferry to Bald Head Island.
- Riding the ferries.
North Carolina runs an extensive ferry service from the mainland. If you'd like to give it a try, set out from Southport and visit historic Fort Fisher, key to the South's efforts to supply Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia with supplies during the Civil War, or to Bald Head Island.
- Eating and Drinking, Southport style.
There are many fine eateries in Southport, but here are a few the locals love:
Oliver's on the Cape Fear, 101 West Bay St., Southport. Southern charm and epicurean fare.
Joseph's Italian Bistro, 5003 O'Quinn Blvd., South Harbour Village Marina, Southport. Fine wine and scrumptious Italian cuisine with a spectacular sunset.
Southport Smokehouse, 1102 N Howe St., Southport. Low-key, served from the counter, classic BBQ plates.
Mr. P's Bistro, 309 N Howe St., Southport. Fine seafood for the discriminating palate.
- On the beaches in Southport.
If serious beach time is your idea of recreation, look no further than Oak Island and Caswell Beach. Oak Island's beach will put you in mind of what an old-fashioned trip to the beach used to be like. There are 60 public beach access points, a couple of ocean piers and plenty of outfitters from whom you can rent equipment. Quiet Caswell Beach, less populous than many North Carolina beaches, offers a stroll or snooze on the sand and surf-casting.
We're thrilled you've chosen or are considering choosing a home in Southport and want you to make the most of the recreational opportunities. Need more tips? Contact us today.