The Rotary Clubs of Surf City and Coastal Pender will be operating the 2nd Annual “Pumpkins for a Purpose” PUMPKIN PATCH October 17 through October 31, 2020 at Treasure Coast Landing, next to Shipwreck Point Miniature Golf. In addition to a large variety of pumpkins, the Patch will feature a Photo Op Station. This family friendly event will be open the following hours: SATURDAYS: October 17: 1-7 PM, October...

We’re pleased to partner with @USTravel on their #LetsMakePlans & #LetsGoThere campaign designed to stimulate travel and tourism.

Our friends at Ward Realty recently sat down with well-known local photographer, Rachel Carter, to share tips on taking great beach photos. Q. What is your number one tip to improve our photography? A. Light is so important. The best light for photography is an hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset – with the rising or setting sun to the photographer's back. Q. What are your favorite things to...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Q: Why did the large green mama sea turtle cross the road? A: She was determined to bury what was probably her last clutch of eggs before she headed home one last time for some well-deserved R&R. Our Turtle Project volunteers were awestruck by the effort that it took for her to drag her very large body hundreds of yards from the shore to a vacant lot on the other side of a street...

Take a tasty journey with us on the Topsail Sweet Tooth Trail. We have updated our trail with more of your favorites! This trail begins on the mainland in Hampstead and then onward to Surf City. Our first stop is Burney's Sweets and More which serves cakes, donuts, sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, and their famous Cronuts filled with tasty creams and fruit gels! You must taste their cronuts! Then let’s...

Sea Turtle Hospital News The Topsail turtle mamas are officially off the clock at the end of August and are heading back out for a well-deserved rest after blessing us with over one-hundred nests. You just never know what kind of a year you’re going to have so this much activity was certainly a welcome surprise. Now that the hard work is done, at least by the turtles, it’s up to the babes snuggled down in...

BURGAW – Pender County Tourism announced the launch of Pender County Film Tours with the Hometown Hollywood Film Tour in Downtown Burgaw. The Pender County Tourism department created the Hometown Hollywood Film Tour, a walking tour based on the locations from well-known films and television series filmed within Pender County focusing on the Historic Downtown Area of Burgaw, the Courthouse Square, and familiar...

Sea Turtle Hospital News What a difference year makes. We’re all living in the time of Covid, and by now you’re aware of how it’s turned our usual summer at the hospital upside-down. No tours: no chance for you to meet our patients and learn about their success stories; no beaches filled with cheering crowds waving goodbye to our turtles as they head back home. Bummer of a summer for all of us. But...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Hatchlings rule! By Karen Sota Although our turtle mamas are still technically “on the clock” with the official nesting season continuing through this month it’s their babies that have taken over the spotlight. We’re hoping that our nest count keeps climbing to that hundred mark, but for now hatchlings rule. With the patter of thousands of tiny flippers on Topsail...

Things to do when you need a break from the sun while on your Topsail Island Vacation, here are our suggestions on what to do. Shop! We have many wonderful shops and boutiques to explore. Visit many of our local shops to find those perfect souvenirs and that one of a kind gift. Dine at our locally owned restaurants. Visit with the locals. We love it! Go directly to Topsail Island Trading Company to purchase Topsail-Opoly,...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Regular readers might recall that this past winter we honored our courageous astronauts by naming many of our one-hundred-ten cold-stunned patients after them. Maybe you’ve even been lucky enough to catch one of our “turtle flash mob” releases over the past few months where our volunteers suddenly appear somewhere on Topsail (masked and socially distancing) with those...

Pender County and the Topsail Island area has many great places to satisfy your sweet tooth and those hot days with many ice cream & frozen treats to choose from with all kinds, flavors, and toppings! Check out some of our favorite ice cream shops. Olde Carolina Eatery Step back in time and visit Old Carolina Eatery for your favorite old-fashioned snack or fresh-squeezed orangeade, ice-cream, pies, cookies, &...

BURGAW – Pender County Tourism announces a Blueberry Trail created to lead you to fresh blueberries, blueberry fields, downtown shops, eateries, history, and more. July is National Blueberry Month and Pender County is home to many blueberry farms, making us one of the largest growing locations for blueberry producers. Pender County Tourism created a new trail that highlights fresh blueberries, points of interest...

Ward Realty, known as the original developers of Topsail Island, has been serving vacationers with memorable beach homes for decades. Recently they offered a bit of advice to visitors on fun businesses to discover on Topsail Island. While you're here, we want you to live like a local! Enjoy the area as much as we do! Welcome! https://www.wardrealty.com/post/get-to-know-the-fun-local-businesses-of-topsail-island/...

We have updated our website, www.visitpender.com , promoting Pender County to its fullest, where you will find we are a place to vacation, live, work, and play! Find your Treasure in Pender County, NC! We are a destination vacation, promoting the beaches of Surf City & Topsail Beach as a popular destination for visitors. We want you to visit our local shops, friendly communities, historical attractions,...

After weeks of Coronavirus stay-at-home orders, everyone is itching to get outside. You can – safely – right here in Pender County. As you will discover, there is plenty to do in the great outdoors in our county. Let’s start with an adventure – a marine adventure for the entire family. Ecological Marine Adventures offers groups of all ages an opportunity to learn about the ocean, the critters...

Sea Turtle Hospital News We’re all trying to figure out the best way to move forward during the continuing threat of Covid-19 and it’s presenting an enormous challenge to our hospital in many ways. Since our beginning decades ago one constant on Topsail was our big release the first week of June. Sometimes we sent a handful of turtles home and other times we had so many ready to boogie that we had to...

Pender County has just the perfect setting for your destination wedding whether it’s the sweeping beauty of a beachfront, a historic site, a beautiful farm, the antebellum charm of Poplar Grove Plantation, the renovated Historic Burgaw Depot, or even our National Park! This region offers a beautiful landscape for the perfect wedding…. A BEACH WEDDING Planning a beach wedding with the ocean as your backdrop?...

The Count On Me NC program is focused on providing the necessary knowledge and information needed to manage COVID-19 within businesses as restrictions are relaxed. These free courses provide a consistent approach based on state and national guidelines. The voluntary program is designed to incorporate the best available science in social and physical distancing, employee health and cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Ready or not we’re about to march into the summer just hoping for the best. At the hospital we’re moving into a trifecta of sorts, dealing with three important aspects of our mission pretty much at the same time. Our Topsail Turtle Project volunteers report that the nesting mamas have officially arrived with the first two nests of 2020 being laid on North Topsail. Since sea turtle...

Pender County Tourism was thrilled to award the winners of the Pender County Nature Photography Contest and they were excited to receive the recognition along with the prizes & goodies! We were able to catch a picture with a w inner in the 15 and under amateur youth category as she picked up her prize, Liberty Wilborn who won first place! "We received some of the best photos of nature taken within Pender...

Burgaw – Pender County Tourism and Pender County Parks & Recreation announce the winners of the Pender County Nature Photography Contest. The photo contest was open to the public with a large participation. Prizes & gift certificates are being awarded for the winners in each category. “The contest had over a hundred submitted photos which either fell into the categories of adult amateur,...

It’s May, and the world has changed dramatically in these past months. But not on Topsail where the Karen Beasley Rescue and Rehabilitation Center's Turtle Project volunteers are back on duty just like they’ve been every year for the past umpteen decades. They’re out patrolling every mile of the island before sunrise looking for signs that mama turtles have arrived. No nests as of this writing but...

Happy #CincoDeMayo and #TacoTuesday !!! Celebrate by ordering takeout at one of Pender County's Mexican Restaurants for lunch, dinner or BOTH! El Mirasol - Mexican Grill in Burgaw. Hampstead locations for Camino Real Mexican Restaurant , Burrito Shak, and Los Primos Mexican Restaurant . In Surf City visit Shaka Taco , Camino Real Bar and Grill - Surf City , and Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar- Surf City....

National Travel and Tourism Week May 3 – 9, 2020! Spotlighting the role of tourism in our communities, in our county, & in our state! National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It’s a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses, and personal wellbeing. #travel #tourism...