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Activities - Weekly Camps for Children and Teens:

Surf City Community Center provides a wonderful location in mainland Surf City for a variety of weekly and/or daily spring and summer camps for children and teens!  These include Basketball Camps with Offshore Sports as well as Indoor Soccer Camps and more!

Topsail Island Arcades:

Patio Playground807 S. Anderson Blvd, Topsail Beach, 910-616-2814 
Shipwreck Point Golf, 107 Charlie Medlin Dr., Surf City, (910) 329-4953 


Sail or motorboat in Topsail Sound, the Intracoastal Waterway, or the Atlantic Ocean. Please visit the NC Wildlife website for information on boating laws. 

Herring's Outdoor SportsOffers kayak tours and rentals, (910) 328-3291 

Area boat ramps include:

  • NC Wildlife boating access ramp free to the public with parking for boat trailers at Soundside Park by the swing bridge in Surf City.
  • Town-managed boating access ramp Topsail Beach Bush's Marina in downtown Topsail Beach. For information on fees for using town's boat ramp, please visit the Town of Topsail Beach website or call 910-328-5841. 

 Eighteen Hole Golf Courses:

Please call or visit the websites for greens fees and to schedule tee times.

Belvedere Plantation2368 Country Club Dr, Hampstead, (910) 270-2703
Castle Bay (Scottish Links style course), 107 Links Ct, Hampstead, (910) 270-1978
North Shore101 North Shore Dr, Sneads Ferry, (910) 327-2410


Several fishing piers are located on the Island:

Fishing on the sound or surfcasting on the beach are both popular in our area. There are several local bait and tackle shops. The Coastal Recreational Fishing License for saltwater fishing is now required. Please visit the NC Wildlife website for information about it. Several local retailers offer this license for purchase. 

For information on local tide times, visit New Topsail Inlet Tides.

For current fishing reports, be sure to check out FishinTopsail's Topsail Island Fishing Blog.

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center:

Topsail Island is a nesting ground for the endangered Loggerhead sea turtle. These giants of the sea nest from mid-May to mid-August. All species of sea turtles are fighting for survival and are protected by the Endangered and Threatened Species Act. It is a violation of Federal Law to interfere in any way with nesting or hatching turtles. The Topsail Turtle Project is a local group of dedicated volunteers who monitor and protect the turtles.

The local “turtle hospital” rescues and rehabilitates sick and injured sea turtles found in our area.  The newly built facility is located on the mainland near the Surf City Community Center at 302 Tortuga Lane. Visit the website for more information on the facility, gift shop, and details on visiting hours and tour costs. 

Directions from the island: Take the swing bridge off the island and follow Hwy 50/210 to Charlie Medlin Dr. on your left (next to Shipwreck Point Golf).

Miniature Golf:

Patio Playground, 807 S Anderson Blvd., Topsail Beach, (910) 616-2814

Shipwreck Point Golf, 107 Charlie Medlin Dr., Surf City, (910) 329-4953 

 Public Parks:

Soundside Park in Surf City by the swing bridge: children’s playground with slides, climbing areas, and swings; covered picnic areas; public restrooms; fishing areas; and pier areas for walking and fishing. 
Kenneth D. Batts Park located at 911 S. Topsail Dr. in Surf City: children’s playground with a slide and swings, a covered picnic area, a basketball court, restroom, and a pier for walking and fishing. 
Nelva R. Albury Recreation Area in northern Surf City on the corner of Hwy 210 & Broadway St.: children’s playground with public restrooms with nearby public beach access areas.


There are numerous restaurants ranging from sandwich shops to gourmet restaurants.  The majority of these restaurants are located in the Surf City area, though there are several great eateries in Topsail Beach’s “business district”. You may wish to visit the Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce website's business directory for restaurant listings or visit our Concierge Services page for suggestions.


Topsail area shops offer pleasant experiences for shoppers looking for unique and unusual gifts or for souvenirs to take home. Area shops offer everything from antiques, original artwork, and furniture to books, clothing, and surfboards. You may wish to visit the Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce website's business directory for retail shopping listings.


A family-style skating rink is located in Topsail Beach above the Post Office at 714 S. Anderson Blvd. This rink is typically open 7PM - 10PM nightly during the summer.

Topsail Island Missiles and More Museum:

Located in the Town of Topsail Beach in the Assembly Building at 720 Channel Blvd., the museum features the history of the island, with artifacts and displays from prehistory to the present. There is no admission charge to visit the museum, which is operated by volunteer members of the Historical Society of Topsail Island. Please visit the website for additional information and hours. 

One impressive display concerns “Operation Bumblebee” the US missile project that was conducted on the island after World War II by the US Navy and Johns-Hopkins University. The concrete towers you may see on the island were observation towers for the project. The nine sway-proof observation towers were each set on a 30 by 30 foot reinforced concrete platform, secured by pilings driven deep into the sand. Each 35-foot tower was to be topped with a 5-foot wall of concrete blocks, and was to contain four decks of instruments that would measure and record the rockets’ flights.

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