Day Trips


Old Baldy

Old Baldy: The state's oldest remaining lighthouse is open for tours daily on Bald Head Island. Some 100 steps and a wooden ladder lead to the top and a spectacular view of the island, Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River. You can explore this i...

Brunswick Town

Brunswick Town and Fort Anderson were founded in 1726 and burned by the British in 1776. The state historic site has been excavated, revealing much of the life in this colonial town. A museum displays artifacts gathered from the ruins. Ruins inclu...

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Orton Plantation

Just a mile north of Brunswick Town this lush southern plantation includes magnolias, cypress, live oaks and thousands of azaleas. Once a working rice plantation, the rice fields are now home to alligators and many unusual species of birds. The re...

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Ferry Ride

An open-air car ferry between Southport and Fort Fisher is an adventure to visit Fort Fisher. Crossing time is about 30 minutes. Reservations recommended. 919-457-6942, 1-800-BY-FERRY, or www.dot.state.nc.us/transit/ferry

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Fort Fisher Civil War Museum

The last major stronghold of the Confederacy, Fort Fisher was the largest earthwork fortification in the south during the Civil War. It kept the port of Wilmington and the Cape Fear River open to blockade-runners. The alert visitor may catch a gli...

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USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial

Just up highway 17 to Wilmington is the immortal showboat, the USS North Carolina. She survived every major pacific naval offensive of World War II and earned 15 battle stars. Brought to the Cape Fear River in 1961 by the citizens of NC as a memor...

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Myrtle Beach South Carolina

This is it for all the bright lights, water parks, music theaters, shopping, amusement park rides you can stand! North Myrtle Beach is a short 30-minute drive and downtown Myrtle Beach can be reached within 45 minutes. Enjoy the lights; hurry back...

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Wilmington North Carolina

A short drive up Highway 17 offers you the historic city of Wilmington...

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