Beach Week, April 10-17

Saturday, April 10— You’ve arrived! Welcome to Topsail Island, Pender County, NC! Unpack the car and get settled into your home away from home. We’ve got a week’s worth of ideas for you to explore!

On the weekends, IronClad Golf offers entertainment, golf, and food trucks. Check their week schedule here. For a list of upcoming events throughout the week, read our "locals newsletter."

Sunday, April 11—Hit the beach and try your hand at surfing or another water sport. Refer to our 2021 Visitor Guide for options. We suggest 50 South Surf Shop, Onshore Surf Shop, and Surf City Surf School, just to name a few.

In the evening, relax on the deck of Quarter Moon Books, Gifts and Wine Bar. They are offering free music. Check out the schedule here. For any night of the week, there's music and nightlife. Check out these locations.

Monday, April 12 - Take a boat ride down the Intracoastal Waterway. There’s no better view of the island than from the water! Check out Tiki ToursTucks Water Shuttle, and Topsail Island Tours on the Queen Jean. If you want to captain your own boat, check out Aquaholics Boat RentalsTopsail Boat Rentals or Surf City Boat Rentals. If you want to try a jet ski, visit Surf City Jet Ski Rentals.

Tuesday, April 13 It’s Tuesday and you’re sunburned! Shake the sand from your feet and head inland. You're in for a day of history and Hollywood adventure, not to mention fome favorite local eateries. We’ll have you home by 5 p.m.! However, if you want one more day at the beach, you can make this your Wednesday adventure.

Let's start with a drive to Moores Creek National Battlefield. This is the site of the first Patriots' victory in North Carolina in the Revolutionary War. Start in the visitors' center and watch the short film that details the battle and then take the .9 mile trail around the battlefield and across the Moores Creek Bridge.  

Here's a little insider tip. Just past Moores Creek National Battlefield is Canetuck Road. If you don't mind a little side trip, there's an unpublicized house you may want to drive by - the home where  The Conjuring  was filmed. It's located at 405 Canetuck Road. You can quawk at the house, but please, don't trespass. (For more movie locations around the county  click here .)

There are a couple of eatries in the vicinity, including Johnson's Corner Grocery & Grill. On NC Hwy 133 and US 117 is Paul's Place Famous Hot Dogs.

Paul's Place has been used as a backdrop for numerous movies, a favorite stop for actors such as Arnold Swartzennegger, Buddy Hacket, and Ben Affleck to just name a few.

If you don't opt for lunch there, move on to Burgaw, the Pender County seat of government. Burgaw is the Town Hollywood Loves. Take the Hometown Hollywood walking tour on our app.

In Burgaw are several diners and restaurants. Olde Carolina Eatery has been used recently for a television series, This Country. They have homemade desserts and ice cream in addition to daily specials. Bandana's is a local favorite offering a wide variety of dishes. MeMa's Chick'n & Ribs is an award-winning restaurant with delicous smoked ribs, BBQ, and more.

Wednesday, April 14- Today, visit Hampstead and Scotts Hill areas of Pender County. Head south on US Hwy 17 and explore the shops along the way, such as Coastal Home Store. Travel southward on US Hwy 17 to visit Poplar Grove Plantation’s farmer market, open on Wednesdays 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. each Wednesday. This historic plantation was once the largest peanut farm in the state. Take a tour of the grounds and the manor house. The kids will love the animal rescue on the grounds too. Did you know Pender County is one of the nation’s largest producers of Blueberries? Today, head over to US Hwy 17 and visit Carol Sue Blueberry Farm. When you're visiting Carol Sue Farm, be sure to sample their fresh, homemade blueberry ice cream. . On your way home, be sure to sample the chocolates at Burry Chocolates.

Thursday, April 15- Take time to explore our shops and boutiques to take home beach memories and unique gifts. In Topsail Beach, visit the crafters’ market and be sure to visit Missiles and More Museum, which hosts a family-friendly Bingo! event in the evening.

Friday, April 16 -Your last beach day! Finish your tan and book next year’s vacation in Pender County! Tonight’s your last evening for a delicious meal in one of our locally owned and operated restaurants.

Saturday, April 17 -It’s time to check-out from your vacation home away from home. On your way out of town, after 12 noon, stop at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Saturday afternoons are the best time to visit because everyone else is checking in or checking out for the week. However, currently they are taking reservations for admissions.