Top 5 Things That Should Be on Your Topsail Island Bucket List
Posted On Wednesday, September 16, 2015
If you�re looking for the quintessential Topsail Island adventure, this is the blog post for you. Located on the gorgeous North Carolina coastline, Topsail Island is a barrier island just off the mainland conveniently located between the cities of Jacksonville and Wilmington. Known for its pristine shorelines, beautiful beaches, undeveloped beauty, and laid-back island vibe, Topsail is beach lover�s paradise.
We thought we�d share the Top 5 things That Should Be on Your Topsail Island Bucket List to get you started on your beach getaway. You�ll get a glimpse into life here on Topsail and learn more about our beloved island.
There�s more to come, though, so this is just to get you started. Ready?
5. Cruise the scenic Intracoastal Waterway on the Belle of Topsail.
(Photo Credit: Bellle of Topsail Facebook page)
Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway on a 19th-century-style riverboat is a quintessential Topsail Island experience. The Belle of Topsail offers a host of scenic tours including sunset cruises, dinner cruises, dolphin watches, pirate adventures, and holiday-themed outings. The cruises promise fun for the whole family and are thoroughly entertaining each and every time. It�s always an adventure on the Belle of Topsail, that you can be sure of.
4. Visit the Karen Beasely Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center.
What�s not to love about an up close and personal view of these amazing sea creatures? The Karen Sea Beasely Sea Turtle Center is the place to go for a glimpse into sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation in action. This local treasure is fully run by a volunteer staff and without any state or federal funding. Tour the new facility and see what they do on a typical day. While you�re here, consider adopting a sea turtle!
3. Walk or fish the Surf City Ocean Pier.
Constructed in 1948, the Surf City Pier was Topsail Island�s first ocean pier. Stroll the 937-foot length of pier to the octagonal observation deck. Then take a deep breath of salty sea air and look out in to the expanse of the Atlantic. The Surf City Pier offers a variety of fishing passes to suit your needs, a blanket North Carolina fishing license for your convenience, and plenty of bait and tackle. Take time out for a lunch and ice cream at The Grill, and remember to pick a souvenir to take home with you. Try to catch a Carolina sunset while you're there, too.
2. Spend some time at Soundside Park.
(Photo Credit: Soundside Park Facebook page)Soundside Park, as the name implies, sits right on the sound near the historic swing bridge and offers picturesque Intracoastal Waterway views along with a well-manicured park setting with a boardwalk, fishing pier and boat docks. Picnic facilities and pavilions line the site, and the playground is a favorite kid-friendly spot. It�s also home to many of the local events and festivals including free movie nights, concerts in the park, holiday activities, and other annual celebrations throughout the year. It�s also a great pet-friendly spot for your pooch to enjoy.
1. Rent a beach house.
If you�re going to make the most of your time on Topsail Island, the best way to go is to rent a house right on the beach. With 24/7 access to the panoramic coastal views, spectacular sunsets, and the beach a few steps from the door, an oceanfront rental guarantees to fill your days with sun, sand and surf.
Make it your vacation-home-away-from-home by choosing the amenities you desire and finding what suits your wants and needs. Topsail Island is not about hotels and motels lining the beach or a commercialized beach vacation. It�s about finding your little piece of island paradise, settling in, and enjoying every moment of your North Carolina beach vacation.
These are only the top five things we recommend for your Topsail Island bucket list. There's more to come!
Ready to book your next Topsail Island beach vacation and start filling up your bucket list? What would you add? We�d love to hear about it. Stay tuned for the full feature on our Top 25 Topsail Island Bucket List adventures we�d love for you to experience for yourself. Coming soon!