Ocean Isle day trips

Discover Coastal Carolina's Hidden Gems on Your Ocean Isle Vacation

Centrally positioned along North Carolina's scenic coastline, Ocean Isle Beach is the perfect starting point for numerous exhilarating day trips. Looking to venture beyond our picturesque shores? Then add these excursions to your vacation plan! From the historic maritime charm of Wilmington to the tranquil natural beauty of Southport, or the energetic excitement of Myrtle Beach, the coastal Carolinas offer endless opportunities for discovery and enjoyment. Whether you need a break from the Ocean Isle sun or want to infuse your family getaway with cultural richness, these destinations guarantee endless entertainment for all.

Wilmington, NC – Maritime Exploration & Adventure

Just an hour's drive from Ocean Isle Beach, Wilmington, NC, is a lively college town filled with delectable dining options, quaint local shops, and a plethora of family-friendly activities. Board the USS North Carolina Battleship and immerse yourself in the turbulent waters of World War II. As the most decorated American battleship of the era, this historic site is a must-see.

Open daily from 8 am – 5 pm, visitors can navigate through nine extensive decks on a self-guided tour. Explore the engine room, galley, and sleeping quarters to uncover the intricacies of naval life. After your tour, enjoy a picnic beside the stunning Cape Fear River as you take in the views of this monumental battleship. 

Next, check out the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. The hands-on experiences at the Tide Touch Pool and the sneak peek behind-the-scenes tours make this top-rated aquarium a true delight for all ages. 

Myrtle Beach, SC – Amusement & Shopping

A mere 50-minute drive will take you to the vibrant Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Start your day hunting for unbeatable deals at the Tanger Outlets. From luxury to casual brands, this shopping paradise has something for everyone. Refuel at the food court and continue your shopping adventure.

For a dose of excitement, the Family Kingdom Amusement Park awaits! Featuring over 35 rides and new attractions for 2023, the park offers non-stop fun. Whether splashing on the log flume or dueling on bumper cars, this amusement park provides the perfect conclusion to a day in Myrtle Beach.

Southport, NC – History Uncovered

The tranquil town of Southport is a treasure trove of maritime history and natural splendor only 40 minutes away from Ocean Isle. Visit the North Carolina Maritime Museum of Southport for captivating insights into the region's seafaring past, including exhibits on Megalodon, Blackbeard, and indigenous mariners.

After that, catch the Bald Head Island Ferry. Upon arrival, take the family to Old Baldy Lighthouse and make the climb to the top! Commissioned by Thomas Jefferson, it’s a piece straight out of American history. If you're interested in learning even more about the island's rich past, there are several historic tours available that will take you past Revolutionary and Civil War landmarks. And for those who enjoy a good ghost story, there are also ghost tours that reveal the secrets of the island's 305 years of lore.

For a more relaxing activity, you can enjoy a round of golf or visit one of the local spas. And when you've worked up an appetite, there are plenty of delicious restaurants on the island to choose from. When you're ready to head back to your cozy Ocean Isle vacation rental, just hop on the ferry back to the mainland.

Book Your Ocean Isle Vacation Rental Today

These road trips promise to add a touch of excitement and variety to your Ocean Isle Beach vacation. Whether you're an enthusiast of history or simply seeking thrilling amusement, these coastal North and South Carolina destinations have something for everyone. With a conveniently located vacation rental in Ocean Isle, you're ideally positioned for these incredible adventures. Browse our vacation rentals and book your unforgettable Ocean Isle trip directly with us today!