Wednesday Night Concerts-the Sunset Beach free Concert Series is held between Memorial Day and Labor Day at the Village Park at Seaside Village. (Look for the gazebo in the small park across from Fibber's Restaurant on the mainland). This runs 6:30-8:30 each Wednesday (weather permitting).
Bird Island Coastal Reserve - located across Mad Inlet from Sunset Beach, this uninhabited barrier island is a popular destination for vacationers. You can reach it by walking along the oceanfront from the west end of Sunset Beach. The State of NC purchased this island in 2002 for conservation uses. The island was rated as one of the top 10 most unusual beaches in the world in a travel article in 2012! Also, visit the Kindred Spirit mailbox on Bird Island and leave a message.
Museum of Coastal Carolina - located at Ocean Isle. Great for the kids. Standing exhibits on the beach tides, local animals and fish. There is a 'touch tank' where kids can see and feel some of the creatures of the sea. Watch for special speakers and events that the museum hosts throughout the year.
Ingram Planetarium - this is a state of the art facility located on the mainland in Sunset Beach. It includes a theater for rotating shows about the sky and a science and education center, and a gift shop. Click on their link for show schedules.
Silver Coast Winery - this vineyard and winery is located on 40 acres about 15 minutes from Sunset Beach. Go on tours to learn how the wine is made; see art by local artists, and more. Click through for their schedule of upcoming events.
Southport, North Carolina - is about a 45 minute drive from the island. It is a small boating town with antique shops to browse, boats to watch, and good places to eat. A Maritime Museum is located in town as well. A nice half day trip is a visit to Bald Head Island out of Southport. You reach it via a ferry, and can tour North Carolina's oldest lighthouse among other sites on the island.
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Both Wilmington and Myrtle Beach are a short ways from Sunset Beach and offer lots of activities to broaden your vacation experience. Wilmington, a historic sea port, features waterfront shops and restaurants. There are also several museums and the popular Battleship North Carolina calls Wilmington home. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina lies just a half hour from the island. Here, you'll find Broadway-style shows, outdoor shopping centers, restaurants and nightlife, and of course..GOLF! Broadway at the Beach, off of HWY 17 bypass, offers lots of great specialty stores, the famous Ripley's Aquarium, and Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville.
Step aboard the USS North Carolina historic battleship and surround yourself in World War II history. The battleship is located right across from downtown Wilmington on the Cape Fear river. Take the tour of the battleship and learn many interesting facts about the famous fighter. After the tour, grab a bite to eat or shop in Wilmington’s historic downtown waterfront.
Take a walk on the wild side at Barefoot Landing’s Alligator Adventure in North Myrtle Beach. You’ll not only find alligators hiding in the marshes and swamps,but you’ll be able to see lizards, frogs, and rare birds in a very live environment. Fun and exciting for the whole family!
Think BIG during this year’s vacation and visit the IMAX theater in Myrtle Beach’s Broadway At The Beach. Movies are brought true to life on the enormous screen with state-of-the-art technology and crisp clear picture quality. Many of the movies shown at IMAX are 3-D and take you on exciting adventures.
20 acres of water rides and more than 1 million gallons of water forms Myrtle Waves water park, the largest water park in South Carolina. The park is host to over 30 water soaked rides and attractions. Located just a short drive down Highway 17, your family will have a whole days worth of fun in the sun.
Take your family on a high speed adventure to Nascar Speedpark. Located by Broadway At The Beach in Myrtle Beach, the speedpark lets you race go-karts against friends and family. Challenge them on many different tracks for varying skill levels.
Ripley’s Aquarium is known as South Carolina’s Most Visited Attraction. The aquarium, located in Myrtle Beach’s Broadway At The Beach, is home to many different species of sharks, rays, and fish. With plenty of educational lectures and programs to compliment the various oceanlife, Ripley’s Aquarium will surely be a hit with the whole family!
One of the most favorite local activities around is to watch the Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball team play ball. The Pelicans, a class A affiliate ball club for the Texas Rangers, plays baseball at Coastal Federal Field (next door to Broadway At The Beach). Come on down for an evening of baseball at this state-of-the-art facility.