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There's so much to see and do in Southport. Here are some of the attractions you should add to your bucket list.

If you're looking for coastal charm, great seafood, and year-round outdoor activities, Southport has everything you need. Whether you're a local homeowner or a visitor to the area, our real estate agents suggest that you make a plan to explore some of Southport's best outdoor attractions. Take a look at five great places you don't want to miss.

  1. Bald Head Island
    Located about two miles from Southport across the Cape Fear River, Bald Head Island offers a wealth of natural beauty and recreational activities. Just hop on a passenger ferry at Deep Point Marina and enjoy a 20-minute boat ride to this subtropical island where you'll find so much to do. You can explore natural beaches, marshlands, and maritime forest preserves, play a round of golf at the Bald Head Island Club, relax at the Island Retreat day spa, dine at the Shoals Club, or shop for art at Merchant's Row.

  2. Fort Johnston Museum
    Built by the British in 1749, Fort Johnston Museum is the oldest active-duty fort in the United States. In a beautiful setting overlooking the Cape Fear River, you can enjoy your day with a free docent-guided or self-guided museum tour that showcases Southport's unique culture, heritage, and history. After the tour, you can stroll through historic Southport to see landmarks like City Hall, old homes and churches built in the 1800s, the Old Brunswick Jail, the Old Smithville Burial Grounds, and the River Pilots Tower.

  3. NC Maritime Museum
    If you love the water and everything coastal, don't miss the NC Maritime Museum located where coastal waters meet the Atlantic Ocean. Located on the grounds of Fort Johnston, the museum has exhibits that focus on Southport fisheries, hurricanes, and shipwrecks, as well as exhibits that showcase maritime displays on World War II warships, Megalodon sharks, and pirates that sailed around Cape Fear. The NC Maritime Museum is a fascinating place that represents a special piece of Southport's history.

  4. Oak Island Lighthouse
    Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Oak Island Lighthouse is something really special to see. Standing at 153 feet tall with lights that tower 169 feet above the water, this concrete structure with 8-inch thick walls built with three rings of color is a Southport treasure. Unlike most lighthouses, this one has no spiral staircase, only a series of ship ladders with 131 steps leading to the lantern gallery level at the top. If you're up for the climb, the view at the top is everything you hope it will be and more!

  5. Downtown Southport
    Southport homes for sale are surrounded by beautiful waterfront views, coastal activities, and a collection of great shops, restaurants, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Downtown Southport is filled with charming southern architecture that houses unique boutiques, clothing and antique shops, and waterfront restaurants with great seafood. There's also the Waterfront Park, where you can enjoy fishing on the Cape Fear River banks or relaxing with the kids in playgrounds equipped with swings and picnic tables. If you're looking for a relaxing afternoon, take a stroll through Downtown Southport and enjoy the smell of Hydrangeas and Southern Magnolias that fill the air.

If you're looking for a charming coastal lifestyle, Southport may be the perfect place to call home. Contact us about available properties with views and amenities that are just what you're looking for.


Southport has so much to offer. Here are 7 things we love about the area.

Our real estate agents are often asked what they love most about life in Southport, North Carolina. And with a new year upon us, now feels like a good time to take stock of just why we think Southport is such a special place.

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Find the perfect gifts for your friends and family with these Southport shops.

The Christmas season is here, and it's time to find those special holiday gifts for your family and friends. Our real estate agents know that Southport is a wonderful place to call home, and it's also filled with an abundance of great gift shops for holiday shopping. We want to recommend some of our favorite shops where you'll find a variety of special Christmas gifts for everyone on your list.

  • Coastal Cottage Shop
    If you're looking for a gift with coastal flair, head over to the Coastal Cottage Shop, where you'll find an assortment of lovely gifts that are everything coastal. This shop is filled with unique gifts, including upcycled furniture that's painted and upholstered, home decor items like china, linens, kitchen items, lamps, and household accessories. You'll also find an assortment of good coffee table books, custom jewelry items, artwork by local artists, and special holiday-themed gifts to celebrate the season.
  • Mad River Studio
    If you're currently living in Southport or looking for Southport homes for sale with coastal views, be sure to make Mad River Studio your first stop. This store specializes in home design for coastal living. When you walk into the store, you'll be greeted by furniture and accessory items that reflect a comfortable coastal cottage interior. You can browse the showroom for floor items or request an in-home design for someone special on your Christmas list. Before you leave, be sure to say hello to Sailor and Fish, the two adorable shop dogs who just love getting treats.
  • Magnolia's of Southport
    Magnolia's of Southport is a family-owned business that specializes in home decor and garden items, ladies' apparel, handbags, and accessories, custom jewelry from local artists, delightful greeting cards, and a variety of gifts. Magnolia's is a small comfortable shop that offers a personalized touch with lovely owners who will help you find the perfect holiday gift for family and friends. Magnolia's is open year-round, so plan a holiday visit this season to find a special Christmas gift for the lady of the house.
  • Olde Southport Village Shops
    If you want to explore some unique shops with a charming atmosphere, don't miss a visit to the Olde Southport Village Shops. You can spend a relaxing afternoon browsing through a row of quaint little houses that contain everything from home décor, antiques and collectibles, artwork and hand-made pottery, hand-made jams and jellies, food and beverages, and Christmas candies and cookies. During the holiday season, you can even enjoy a Christmas festival with music, Santa, and some special holiday goodies.
  • Southport Wine Rack
    For that person on your list who has everything, plan a shopping trip to the Southport Wine Rack located in the heart of historic downtown Southport, just across the street from the Southport Water Tower. This is a quaint shop that offers a big selection of wines from around the world, as well as tasty craft and imported beers. For a special holiday gift, take a friend to a free wine-tasting event or gift them a membership to the Wine Club, which offers invitations to "Members Only" events and special discounts on bottles of wine. The Wine Rack is the perfect place for a unique holiday experience and world-class Christmas spirits.

If you're thinking about a move to Southport, contact us to explore available properties with coastal views and great amenities. Let us help you find the home of your dreams this holiday season.


Enjoying a night out with great food and drinks is easy in Southport. Here's where you can find the best local lagers and ales.

Southport is a historic city filled with old-world charm, maritime museums, and coastal communities with waterfront views. Although it feels like a small seaport town, our real estate agents know Southport offers homeowners a relaxing lifestyle with job opportunities, excellent schools, and a variety of outdoor activities.

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Waking up early has its advantages: here's where you can watch a stunning sunrise in Southport.

There's an undeniable sense of serenity that comes with living in the Southport, NC area. Whether you're a visitor or a longtime local, it seeps into your bones. Never is it more fully experienced than when you're watching the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean.

You can take it from our real estate agents; watching the sunrise in the Brunswick Islands never gets old. See for yourself at one of these spectacular sunrise spots in the Southport area.

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Pasta dishes can be great comfort food, and these Southport restaurants are serving up imaginative plates using this simple ingredient.

Everybody has their own pasta favorite. With October 17th being National Pasta Day, it's time to celebrate at a good Italian restaurant. If you are planning on moving to the Southport, North Carolina area, our real estate agents can give you a head start. They know many of the most popular Italian eateries in the area and often recommend them to their clients.

  • Bella CucinaBella Cucina offers authentic Italian food for both dining-in and carry-out orders. For almost 20 years, the De Meo family has been preparing Tuscan-style cuisine using recipes that have been passed down for several generations.

  • Falcone's Italian Restaurant SouthportFalcone's Italian Restaurant Southport offers a full menu of Italian foods, including a variety of pasta dishes. When you want a good, filling meal, bring the entire family to Falcone's. If you prefer to eat at home after a long day, call in for a carry-out order. For over 35 years, the family-owned restaurant has been providing authentic Italian food to Southport area residents.

  • Bambini's Italian RestaurantBambini's Italian Restaurant has quickly earned a reputation for being the best Italian restaurant in the Southport area. The restaurant opened in 2018 and offers a variety of pasta dishes, Italian favorites, and specialty desserts. They even offer the most authentic New York Style pizza in North Carolina. Dine-in or carry-out options are available. It's a great place to take the whole family or if you want to spend a little quiet time with your significant other.

  • Castucci'sCastucci's is an Italian eatery that never ceases to amaze. The chef is also the owner and uses his own family recipes to create some of the best Italian food in the area. If you are out looking at Southport homes for sale, Castucci's is where to go to relax and wind down after a long day of house hunting. Your kids have their own menu, and you have the option of dining in or ordering carry-out. The atmosphere is inviting, and everyone is sure to have a good time.

  • Joseph's Italian BistroJoseph's Italian Bistro sits on the edge of the water and is ideal for private parties or if you want to take your loved one out on a special date. Indoor or outdoor seating is available, and if you want special treatment, you can become a VIP! Authentic Italian cuisine is something to rave about. You can also choose one of their many wines to add to your dinner.

If you live in the Southport area or are thinking about moving, contact our agents right away. They can fill you in on all of the best Italian restaurants and show you several houses that meet your specifications. All of our agents have years of experience and know Southport and the surrounding communities. When you want to find a home, choose a realtor that offers a personal touch! We will always go the extra mile to ensure the home that best suits your needs.


Fried Rice is a favorite dish among many Asian restaurants. Here's where you can find tasty fried rice in Southport.

Southport, NC, offers a wealth of dining options, including flavors and cuisines from all over the globe. There's great food here for every taste, and if you have a hankering for some next-level fried rice, be sure to check out our real estate agents' favorite Asian restaurants in Southport!

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It's hard to beat a classic cheeseburger. Here's where you can find the best in Southport.

National Cheeseburger Day is one of those holidays that our real estate agents can really get behind. We're lucky to have some really exceptional burger restaurants here in the Southport, NC area, and in honor of National Cheeseburger Day on September 18, we're here to share our favorites!

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Whether you own a kayak or just want to rent for a day, here's where you can hit the water in Southport.

It's no exaggeration to call Southport, North Carolina, a paddler's paradise. Offering access to seemingly endless miles of the Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway, Southport is ripe for exploration.

And with fall in the air, there's never been a better time to hit the water. Whether you want to book a guided kayak tour, rent kayaks for the weekend, or just need a place to launch your own craft, you have a lot of great options. Our real estate agents are excited to share their favorite kayak tours and rentals in the Southport area.

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Southport has an abundance of interesting sights. Here's where you can capture them forever with your camera.

Attention, shutterbugs! Southport, NC is a great place for sightseeing, and our little corner of the Carolina coast has a landscape like no other, with lots of great local sights for photographers to capture. 

Whether you're building your portfolio or looking for Insta-worthy selfie spots, our real estate agents are here to help. These are our favorite scenic spots to practice your photography skills in the Southport area!

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