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The Southport, NC area offers no shortage of outdoor adventure. For anyone looking for ways to stay active and enjoy some time in the great outdoors, it's hard to imagine a better place. From lush forests and rugged trails to beautiful parks and beaches, there's so much to choose from on the North Carolina coast. Our real estate agents are delighted to share some of their favorite outdoor destinations in the Southport area.

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Sea Turtles Brunswick County

Every year from the beginning of May through September, the beaches of Brunswick County are visited by a variety of sea turtle species that come ashore to create nests and lay eggs. Many of these turtle species are endangered, so it's crucial to help hatchlings survive and reach the sea. Local sea turtle protection programs, staffed by volunteers from Brunswick County communities, work throughout the nesting season and beyond to protect sea turtles. Our REALTORS® have put together a list of 6 local programs, where you can help to preserve these majestic creatures.

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One of the nicest things about birding as a hobby is how willing people are to share their knowledge and resources.  Years ago we were thrilled to discover Roy Slack's book Birds of the Brunswick County Islands: Oak Island, Holden Beach, Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach, North Carolina. But since it was published in 1994, it is no longer that easy to find.  Our county library has a few copies to loan and it can sometimes still be ordered online. 

The knowledgeable people at Wild Bird & Garden, who have brick and mortar stores in both Southport and Wilmington, were happy to suggest two other sources that have even more photos and maps, and include more recent data on habitat and migration routes. 

One is the authoritative source Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America published in 2016.  Don't let the serious title put you off!  It's not that expensive and the huge number of images and maps make it easy for you to identify the birds you see on the beach. 

Another great resource is Stan Tekiela's Birds of the Carolinas Field Guide, which also has a multitude of photos and a handy color-coded index in the front of the book that helps you quickly look up the bird according to the predominant color of its feathers. 

The folks at Wild Bird & Garden can be found at 105 Brown Street East in Southport (just off Howe Street, at the foot of the water tower).  Their website has a fantastic list of links that includes everything from local wildlife rescue groups to the most comprehensive national databases, user-friendly tools and even smartphone apps.  You can find them online at 

Their current hours in Southport are 10-2 Mon-Sat with curbside service, and we all look forward to the time when they can resume the tours, workshops, and other outings for which they are so well known! 

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Brunswick County Picnic Spots

There's so much natural beauty in our corner of North Carolina, so it's no wonder why residents love going outside for a picnic. With plenty of parks and natural areas to choose from, our real estate agents highly recommend taking your picnic baskets to these places around Brunswick County for a scenic dining experience.

  1. Spring Lake Park - 10 Pine Rd., Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 28461
    Down the road from Boiling Spring Lakes homes for sale, this park offers waterfront views and plenty of picnic shelters and tables for you to enjoy. Spring Lake Park offers other activities for when you are done with your picnic, with both swimming and a boat launch for kayaks available for visitors. This park is open daily, from sunrise to sunset.
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Transplanting During the Summer

Our real estate agents know one of the best reasons to own a home is to have a garden or lawn for planting your favorite flowers, veggies, or fruits. A garden is great for hours of enjoyment all throughout the year. Plenty of Southport homes for sale offer ample space for any gardener to get started.

Even true "green thumbs" can find themselves slowing down a little on outdoor chores during the heat of summer. But sometimes, a plant simply won't wait: For one reason or another, you need to transplant it right away.

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Southport Wooden Boat Show

Are you considering a move to Southport? If so, you'll probably be spending some time in town getting familiar with the area and checking out Southport homes for sale. If those pursuits will bring you here this November, there is a special event happening that you won't want to miss; The Southport Wooden Boat Show.

An annual tradition in Southport, the Wooden Boat Show will be held on November 2, 2019, in and around Southport's Old Yacht Basin. It starts at 10 am and runs until 4 pm. It is a tremendously popular local event that offers plenty of entertainment and activities for people of all ages.

This year's Southport Wooden Boat Show will be the 10th annual show. It is an event that is free to the public and is held to celebrate the art of wooden boat construction and the region's maritime and boat building history.

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Brunswick County Picnic Spots - Margaret Rudd & Associates

Summer will be here before you know it, and our REALTORS® are excited about all the possibilities that warm weather brings to the Brunswick County, NC area. This quiet, picturesque region along the Carolina coast offers ample opportunities to experience the outdoors. 

If you're looking for some fun in the sun this season, start with one of these Brunswick County Parks. They're some of our favorite places to enjoy the outdoors, and since July is National Picnic Month, you might want to bring some friends and family along—not to mention some hamburgers and hot dogs!

  1. Waterfront Park – 146-176 E. Bay St., Southport, NC
    The name says it all. This 9-acre park just a few blocks away from numerous Southport homes for sale is the ultimate place to enjoy the sights and sounds of Brunswick County's waterfront. Waterfront Park overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway and the Cape Fear River, making it a mecca for fishing, as well as watching the fishing boats coming and going from port. Ample picnic tables, park benches, picnic shelters, and grills make it a perfect picnic spot as well, and with a little luck at the park's fishing pier, you might just find yourself catching lunch.

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NC 4th of July Festival and Fireworks - Margaret Rudd & Associates

The maritime community of Southport is well-known for having one of North Carolina's most popular 4th of July Celebrations, with nearly two full weeks of events that draw visitors from throughout NC and beyond. Thanks to the popularity and long history of Southport's Independence Day celebration, it was declared the NC 4th of July Festival in 1972.

The festival features tons of patriotic activities, fun attractions for the whole family, great opportunities to explore the community, and of course a spectacular fireworks display when the big day arrives. Our REALTORS® are ready to celebrate, and we've got the details on what to expect from Southport's NC 4th of July Festival and Fireworks this year.

Festival, Food, and Fireworks in Southport

The Event: NC 4th of July Festival

Dates: June 23 through July 4, 2019

Admission: FREE

  • Family Fun at the 4th of July Festival
    Every member of the family will find something to love about the NC 4th of July Festival, with fun activities and one full day of children's games. On July 3 at Fort Johnson Garrison Lawn and Waterfront Park, kids will have the chance to participate in a day of fun-filled activities. There will be watermelon rolling, sack races, and other old-time games that never go out of style. On July 2, kids can enjoy free face-painting, creative activities, crafts, and more at Keziah Park.

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Southport NatureFest-Margaret Rudd & Associates

The diverse natural beauty of Brunswick County is a major attraction for so many people shopping for Southport homes for sale and long-time residents alike. The parks, docks, beaches, wetlands, swamps, and waterways that surround Southport make for beautiful vistas and ideal habitats for a variety of local wildlife. It's no surprise that residents love to both enjoy and protect the area's abundant natural beauty, which makes the annual NatureFest a perfect opportunity to celebrate spring in the area. The festival, spread over two days, is filled with exciting speakers and opportunities to appreciate local natural sites. Our REALTORS® have all the details on how to celebrate NatureFest 2019 in Southport this spring.

Southport: Celebrate NatureFest 2019 April 26 & 27

The Event: NatureFest 2019

Dates/Times: April 26 – 4 p.m., April 27 – 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Southport

Southport's NatureFest has been a local favorite for years, with a wide variety of family-friendly activities that allow you to experience the natural side of the community. There will be one free event Friday evening, followed by a full day of activities on Saturday. Learn from knowledgeable, local experts, participate in nature-themed Q&A sessions, pick up plants for your garden, or set out to explore some of the area's most popular natural attractions.

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