Time seems to be one of the biggest issues for many vacationers, and when exploring Southport, it may be hard to narrow down your list and squeeze in as much as possible. Luckily, Southport is home to dozens of different restaurants, activities, shops, and entertainment, and while your perfect day may vary a little, here is a great itinerary to explore Southport to its fullest, even on a time crunch.
#1 Grab Some Breakfast
Grab a cup of coffee and a breakfast sandwich or pastry at Port City Java. Only a few blocks off the coast you can easily stroll to the coast with your coffee in hand where you can enjoy your next stop.
Finish sipping your coffee at Waterfront Park at one of the porch swings or benches that line the waterfront or head to the end of the fishing pier where you can watch locals reel in their catch.
#3 The Beach
A short walk down the sandy shores will bring you to the Southport Public Access Point where you can enjoy a day along the beach. The sandy shores are nestled along the Cape Fear River which helps keep the waves small, perfect for younger tourists to enjoy some sand play and splash in the water.
#4 Time for Lunch
You can’t visit Southport without enjoying a meal at Fishy Fishy Café. From fresh seafood, fried seafood, indoor and outdoor seating, delicious cocktails and drinks, as well as the waterfront views, it may just become one of your favorite stops of the day.
#5 Photos at the Lighthouse
Calling all history buffs and social media influencers! The Price’s Creek Lighthouse is simply breathtaking. The history behind the lighthouse is intriguing, the setting is serene, and the photos are stunning, a must see!
#6 Hope on the Ferry
Only a few minutes from the lighthouse you can find the Fort Fisher – Southport Ferry, all aboard! Enjoy the ride across the water and soak in the views.
#7 Visit the Aquarium
Hop off the ferry and head to North Carolina Aquarium Fort Fisher. Visitors tend to spend roughly 2 hours at the aquarium, so go at your own pace and enjoy all the exhibits!
#8 Let’s Eat
You’ve probably worked up quite the appetite, hop on the ferry and head back to Southport for dinner. Oliver’s on the Cape Fear is easily a favorite amongst locals and tourists, and with water views and upscale New American cuisine, the elegance of this restaurant is the perfect way to end your day exploring Southport.
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