The Best Things To Do Near Your Topsail Island Rental

The Best Things To Do Near Your Topsail Island Rental | Century 21 Action

Your North Carolina beach vacation is quickly approaching. Where are you staying? What are you doing? We have some great suggestions for you no matter which Topsail Island rental you choose. We're showing you the highlights of the best things to do right near your rental—whether you're staying in North Topsail Beach, Surf City, or Topsail Beach. Have fun and let us know if we can answer any questions you may have about your NC beach vacation. 

Near Your North Topsail Beach Rental

As the name implies, North Topsail Beach is located at the northernmost tip of Topsail Island, NC in Onslow County—near the mainland town of Sneads Ferry. Nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, there is a lot to love about NTB and its coastal beauty. Get out there and explore it!

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Situated in Stump Sound, landward of Topsail Island, Permuda Island contains 63 acres of upland and is approximately 1.5 miles in length. The estuarine waters of Stump Sound protect the island, as well as make it a paddling adventure of the best kind. Permuda Island may be reached only by shallow-draft boat. Put it on your NTB bucket list.


The Sea View Fishing Pier in North Topsail Beach is one of the longest fishing piers in North Carolina spanning over 1000 feet. The Sea View Pier is located off of New River Road and was once known as Salty's Pier way back in the day. Pier amenities include a fully stocked pier store and a restaurant. Go fishing or just take a stroll. It's lovely.


North Topsail Beach is known for its uncrowded beaches and coastal serenity. North Topsail Beach has also been named as one of the best budget-friendly beach towns in the USA, making it even more attractive because it's affordable as well as beautiful. It is the only place on Topsail Island where you can drive a 4x4 vehicle right on the beach year round (with a daily, weekly or annual permit). This area is made for adventurers!


Because of NTB's close and convenient location to the calm soundside waters on one side and more vigorous oceanside waters on the other, there are abundant opportunities to get out and enjoy both sides. Try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, canoeing or head out on an ecotour adventure on the sound. Or take a surf lesson in the Atlantic Ocean or paddle toward the horizon in an ocean kayak. 

Near Your Surf City Topsail Island Rental

Surf City is located at the heart of Topsail Island in Pender County and is the main hub for shopping, dining, and recreational watersports adventures of every kind. Walk out onto the pier and enjoy panoramic views of the island, visit the plethora of Topsail shops and boutiques, or dine on the waterfront while taking in a breathtaking sunset. 

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There's a new bridge in town! The iconic Swing Bridge will live on in our memories but the new high-rise bridge in Surf City is complete and open for your viewing and driving pleasure. With quick and easy access to Topsail Island, less traffic issues and better views of the island coming in, you're sure to love this new addition to your Topsail Island vacation—and the more efficient access to your Topsail Island rental that it brings.


Take in the views or drop a line off the pier and see what's biting. The Surf City Pier offers fishing fun for everyone from novice to expert. The Surf City Pier was Topsail Island's first ocean pier, originally built in 1948. The pier comes complete with large assortment of bait, fully stocked tackle shop, an eclectic collection of souvenirs, an outside covered dining area and so much more for a day filled with fishing fun.


Surf City, North Carolina is a sanctuary for loggerhead and other varieties of endangered sea turtles that typically nest on its shores from May through October. Surf City is the home of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, whose volunteers care for injured sea turtles and then return them to their ocean home. Plan your visit and take a tour of the facility during your next Topsail Island vacation. It's not far from your rental.


Families love Soundside Park for its awesome amenities and stunning views. Complete with a climbing wall, a climbing fish, multiple slides, and swings, the playground is a fun addition to the already wonderful park. There are boardwalks around the sound's edge, several viewing decks and a fishing pier. This beautiful park overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway has picnic shelters and an amphitheater available for reservation for your upcoming event.

Near Your Topsail Beach Rental

Topsail Beach, located in Pender County, is situated at the southernmost end of Topsail Island. Known for its laidback island vibe and quintessential beach experience, you'll feel right at home here. You're on island time so take it slow and easy while you enjoy the best of what Topsail Beach has to offer you and your family.

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Explore the intriguing history of Topsail Island at the Missiles and More Museum housed in the historic Assembly Building in Topsail Beach on Anderson Boulevard. The building, constructed in 1946, was used by the government to assemble missiles for a secret missile operation being conducted on Topsail Island. But that's not all! Delve into to the people, times and goings on that led up to the present day beach vacation destination that Topsail Beach is today. Oh the stories there are to tell. Plan your historic adventure and make sure to stop by next time you're in town. It's a must-see!


Whether you're dropping a line or taking a stroll, stepping out onto the 850-foot wooden pier over the Atlantic is an iconic experience at this locally loved landmark—and one of the most popular attractions on Topsail Island. View the abundant area wildlife, including sea and shore birds, fish, dolphin, and sea turtles. Some of the island’s best sunrises are seen from the pier, and full moons are a special treat as they come up over the ocean.The Jolly Roger Pier has a fully stocked tackle shop, with all bait and tackle for pier, surf, sound, and offshore fishing as well as rod rentals, ice, snacks, beer and more.


Speaking of landmarks, take a little spin back in time (literally) at the Topsail Beach skating rink where you can still listen to music played on a record player as you roll down memory lane while at the same time making new memories with your family. This Topsail Beach attraction has been around since 1964. It only costs a few dollars to go skating (and that includes the skates!) but you can't put a price on the experience. The Topsail Skating Rink is open every night during the summer season, so set aside an evening to come out and enjoy it.


Located between the south end of Topsail Island and the Figure Eight islands, Lea Island is one of only three barrier islands in North Carolina that remains uninhabited. The island is only accessible by boat and has retained the natural features characteristic of an untouched barrier island. Lea Island offers abundant wildlife and is one of the most important havens for shorebirds and waterbirds, as well as for nesting loggerhead sea turtles. It’s a popular destination for beachgoers who enjoy shelling, walking, swimming, fishing, surfing and more.

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