If you’re looking for a unique vacation that’s exhilarating, magical, and filled with beauty, history, and southern charm, come visit our hidden treasure – Southport, North Carolina. Where the river meets the sea.

Once in town, it won’t take long to see why we’re called historic Southport. Visiting the Fort Johnston-Southport Museum & Visitors’ Center, NC Maritime Museum, Old Brunswick County Jail, and the Old Smithville Burying Ground are all great ways to get a sense of how far back our community dates. Many consider our town to be a living museum – a place where history is both preserved and enjoyed.

Our community’s combination of natural beauty and historic charm has caught the attention of Hollywood. Many popular movies and TV shows have been filmed in Southport including Crimes of the Heart, Nicholas Sparks’ Safe Haven and Steven King’s Under the Dome.

After a day of strolling our tree-lined streets, shopping in our boutiques, and visiting the many sites that make Southport so special, be sure to stop and spend some time at one of our many local restaurants. From fine dining to fun dining, your choices include fresh- caught seafood, steak, salads, hamburgers, ice cream,pastries, and more.

Finally, when the day is done and it is time to rest, you’ll appreciate our wide range of accommodations from national hotel brands to quaint and cozy bed-and-breakfast inns.

Lord, Howe, Dry, I Am

A running community joke. The four streets run roughly northwest to southeast, although not in exact order. “I Am” is a little obscure, but the other three are named for figures in colonial history. One legend claims a town clerk decided to have a little fun when drawing the street grid back in the 1950s. Others think the combination recalls Southport’s colorful history from Prohibition.

Explore Southport using your phone!

Self-Guided Tours

The City of Southport has partnered with the Southport Historical Society to use the free mobile app called PocketSights to provide visitors and residents with directions for self-guided tours of Southport and the Cape Fear Region.  Five tours are currently available.

The first four tours are “Free Roam Tours”, meaning you can either walk and/or drive from location to location in any order you choose.  You will want to drive if you plan to take The Cape Fear River Circle Tour, as the “circle” covers nearly fifty miles and could take sixteen hours to walk!

The free mobile app by PocketSights will guide you from one point of interest to the next using GPS.

Download the mobile app below to take the following self-guided tours on your GPS-enabled mobile device.

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Shopping, Food, Entertainment, Relaxation.

The Ideal Vacation Spot

Southport has so much to offer for both visitors and residents alike. Following is just a partial list of things to do as noted on Trip Advisor®.

  1. Southport Pier and Riverwalk
  2. Southport Fort Fisher Ferry
  3. North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport
  4. Kayaking and Canoeing at Southport
  5. Fort Johnston, Southport Museum and Visitors Center
  6. Sunset Boat Cruise / Boat Tours from Southport
  7. Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room in Southport
  8. Southport Marina Boating and Fishing at Southport
  9. Franklin Square Gallery / Local Artists
  10. Old Brunswick County Jail Museum
  11. Sightseeing Tours of Southport
  12. Gift & Specialty Shops (13 in all)