Oak Island Lighthouse, located at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Oak Island in Caswell Beach was completed in 1958 and stands 169 ft.
Oak Island Nature Center & Register Park, Overlooking the marsh and Intracoastal Waterway, located at E Yacht Dr and NE 52nd St the Oak Island Nature Center offers a wide range of educational activities for children and adults alike.
Animals at the Nature Center as of 6/28/2008: dove, blue jay, boat-tailed grackle, 2 parakeets, 4 ferrets, 5 sugar gliders, chinchilla, guinea pig, flying squirrel, rat and 3 opossums. (Open: W-Su noon-5PM)
Old Brunswick Town, a colonial site dating from 1726-1776, served as a Cape Fear River Port that was the major export of Naval stores and the location of the Stamp Act Rebellion.
Orton Plantation & Gardens, located about halfway between Wilmington and Southport, North Carolina, on the west bank of the Cape Fear River. It has been the site for many dramatic documentaries and action films.
Silver Coast Winery, Coastal North Carolina's premier producer of premium wines. A lovely setting, its the perfect place to learn wines, have a picnic and enjoy art by local artists.
The Fort Fisher Civil War Museum, remains of the earthen fort that kept the Cape Fear River and the port of Wilmington open to blockade runners, which delivered vital supplies to the Confederate armies until the fort fell on January 15, 1865.
The North Carolina Aquarium, explore environments where sharks and sea turtles glide.
The scenic town of Southport is just a short drive away.
Just beyond Southport is the nearest city, historic Wilmington. It is definitely worth the day trip if you are interested in seeing a coastal city.
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