Beach Week, May 1-8

Saturday, May 1— 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! 

We hope, on your drive in, you stopped in Maple Hill at Bear Ridge Farm. It's fresh strawberry time at the farm. They also have a selection of produce you may want to take to your rental. If you missed the strawberries, don't fear. We have an adventure for you this week to Carol Sue Farm.

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' event newsletter."

We understand this is YOUR vacation. We are making suggestions of adventures you will find in Pender County. So, mix and match, adjust the suggested itinerary, but don't miss out on a week of excursions and adventure!

Sunday, May 2—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, May 3- 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, May 4 - 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 (on the left). 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. Be sure to visit the shops and photograph our historic courthouse - which has been featured in television shows such as Under the Dome and movies such as Silver Bullet.

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 - just like Grandma's kitchen. Please note, MeMa's Chick'n & Ribs is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Wednesday, May 5- It's Cinco de Mayo! For dinner, you may want to check out one of our Mexican restaurants! But our local restaurants will also celebrate as well!

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 farmers 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. Next door is a cute shop called Porch & Nest. Locally owned and operated, the shop features home decor, jewelry, and more.

Did you know Pender County is one of the nation’s largest producers of Blueberries? Today, a 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. Right now it's strawberry season. Try the strawberry ice cream!

On your way home, be sure to sample the chocolates at Burry Chocolates.

Thursday, May 6- 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 during the summer months.

Friday, May 7 -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, May 8- It’s time to check-out from your vacation home away from home. The sea turtle hospital is open with pre-sale admission reservations. On your way out of town, after 12 noon, stop at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center.  Whatever you do, don't leave without a visit to the largest sea turtle hospital on the Eastern Seaboard. The volunteer staff is currently offering pre-sale tickets, to limit crowds. Click here for details.

Before you head out, stop by ArtExposure. Today this art gallery and working artists are celebrating their 12 anniversary. Southern Roots Food Truck will be on hand too. Take home a beautiful piece of art and a tasty meal.
Wait! What if there's a day of rain?
What can we do? Here are few suggestioned activities to do when it rains on your Topsail Island Vacation:

Go directly to Topsail Island Trading Company and purchase Topsail-Opoly, a new take on an old favorite. This game board features all things Topsail! Pick up some fudge while you’re at the Trading Company!

Topsail Island Skating Rink is located above the Topsail Beach Post Office. This throwback rink is typically open 7-10 p.m. Open some rainy days.

Visit Poplar Grove Plantation and learn about peanut farming, Civil War, Civil Rights, and Gullah Geechee Heritage. Take a tour of the manor house.

Adults at Play
Adults will enjoy the activities suggested for children, but you may just want to explore without the children.  Visit The Trailer Bar. Yes, it looks like a double-wide trailer. They have a billiards table and entertainment in the evenings. We have a lot of places for fun nightlife. Check out the Salty Turtle, Peak, unWined, and more. Click here for a listing.

Shop! We have wonderful shops and boutiques to explore.

Dine at one of our locally owned restaurants. Visit with the locals. We love it.
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