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Guidebook for Oak Island

Cindy

Guidebook for Oak Island

Food Scene
Great seafood and large portions. Try the Shrimp and Grits!
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Turtle Island
6220 East Oak Island Drive
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Great seafood and large portions. Try the Shrimp and Grits!
Casual dining and also great seafood! Within walking distance of The Pink Flamingo. They don't serve alcohol, but your are more than welcome to bring your own!
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Swain Seafood Shack
5119 E Oak Island Dr
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Casual dining and also great seafood! Within walking distance of The Pink Flamingo. They don't serve alcohol, but your are more than welcome to bring your own!
Great Thai! If something you like isn't on the menu, the chef will likely make it for you anyway!
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Thai By the Sea
8300 East Oak Island Drive
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Great Thai! If something you like isn't on the menu, the chef will likely make it for you anyway!
Great BBQ and within walking distance of The Pink Flamingo!
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BBQ House
5002 East Oak Island Drive
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Great BBQ and within walking distance of The Pink Flamingo!
Fast service, and excellent , standard breakfast fare.
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Old Bridge Diner
132 Country Club Dr
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Fast service, and excellent , standard breakfast fare.
Another great breakfast/brunch place if you don't mind the drive to Southport. Try the Fruit Lemonade; very refreshing!
Taylor Cuisine Cafe & Catering
731 North Howe Street
Another great breakfast/brunch place if you don't mind the drive to Southport. Try the Fruit Lemonade; very refreshing!
Upscale Mexican take-out but they do have picnic tables if you want to eat there. Walking distance of The Pink Flamingo.
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Kai-Joe's
4722 E Oak Island Dr
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Upscale Mexican take-out but they do have picnic tables if you want to eat there. Walking distance of The Pink Flamingo.
The best subs in the world! Great stop on the way back from the beach, or for a picnic on the beach.
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Oak Island Sub Shop
5705 East Oak Island Drive
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The best subs in the world! Great stop on the way back from the beach, or for a picnic on the beach.
Excellent local pizza. Fast delivery. They don't take credit cards so have cash or a check on hand.
Pizza Shack
6212 East Oak Island Drive
Excellent local pizza. Fast delivery. They don't take credit cards so have cash or a check on hand.
On the pricey side, but great food, ocean view and a nice, quiet atmosphere.
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Island Way
1407 East Beach Drive
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On the pricey side, but great food, ocean view and a nice, quiet atmosphere.
Drinks & Nightlife
Great seafood, casual outside dining and bar, with TVs to catch the day's ACC or NFL game.
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Pirates Deck
5827 East Oak Island Drive
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Great seafood, casual outside dining and bar, with TVs to catch the day's ACC or NFL game.
Excellent pub food with daily specials, several TVs so you can catch any game you're interested in or shoot some pool!
Oak Island Deli
5422 E Oak Island Dr
Excellent pub food with daily specials, several TVs so you can catch any game you're interested in or shoot some pool!
Outside dining and bar, and an excellent place for Saturday/Sunday brunch as well.
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Shagger Jacks
8004 East Oak Island Drive
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Outside dining and bar, and an excellent place for Saturday/Sunday brunch as well.
Sightseeing
Located only 5.3 miles from The Pink Flamingo. From 1958, when it was built, to 1962 it had the distinction of being the brightest lighthouse in the US and the second brightest in the world. The lighthouse is run by volunteers and is open to the public (second level only) on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 AM - 2 PM, starting Memorial Day and running through Labor Day. Climbing to the top is available with a reservation only which be scheduled at least 4 weeks advance during the summer months. If you are considering a “climb” to the top, I encourage you to check out the website and get your reservation in ASAP as they fill up quickly!
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Oak Island Lighthouse
300a Caswell Beach Road
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Located only 5.3 miles from The Pink Flamingo. From 1958, when it was built, to 1962 it had the distinction of being the brightest lighthouse in the US and the second brightest in the world. The lighthouse is run by volunteers and is open to the public (second level only) on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 AM - 2 PM, starting Memorial Day and running through Labor Day. Climbing to the top is available with a reservation only which be scheduled at least 4 weeks advance during the summer months. If you are considering a “climb” to the top, I encourage you to check out the website and get your reservation in ASAP as they fill up quickly!
Great for kids, young and old! You can either get there by driving through Wilmington (about an hour and twenty minutes) or by very reasonably priced ferry from Southport; kind of a fun thing to do anyway, and The Pink Flamingo is only a twenty minute drive to the ferry terminal. You can even take your car on the ferry if you wanted to drive one way and take the ferry the other.
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North Carolina Aquarium At Fort Fisher
900 Loggerhead Road
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Great for kids, young and old! You can either get there by driving through Wilmington (about an hour and twenty minutes) or by very reasonably priced ferry from Southport; kind of a fun thing to do anyway, and The Pink Flamingo is only a twenty minute drive to the ferry terminal. You can even take your car on the ferry if you wanted to drive one way and take the ferry the other.
Take the Southport-Bald Head Island Ferry to Bald Head Island, for a step back in time. Cars are not allowed! You can bring a picnic and lunch on the beach. There are also a few restaurants in town.
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Old Baldy Lighthouse & Smith Island Museum
101 Lighthouse Wynd
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Take the Southport-Bald Head Island Ferry to Bald Head Island, for a step back in time. Cars are not allowed! You can bring a picnic and lunch on the beach. There are also a few restaurants in town.
Also a fun thing for kids! The battleship is huge! Unless you are in super great shape, you probably won’t see it all in a day. Look closely for alligators sunning themselves in the river, but don’t get too close! Lots of nice restaurants on the waterfront, just across the river in Wilmington.
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Battleship North Carolina
1 Battleship Road Northeast
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Also a fun thing for kids! The battleship is huge! Unless you are in super great shape, you probably won’t see it all in a day. Look closely for alligators sunning themselves in the river, but don’t get too close! Lots of nice restaurants on the waterfront, just across the river in Wilmington.
Parks & Nature
Definitely worth the drive to the far west end of the island, but go early because parking is limited. Mild surf makes this a great place to take younger kids and dogs, or to play bocce ball! At low tide you can walk across to Holden Beach but make sure to get back before the tide!
The Point Parking
Definitely worth the drive to the far west end of the island, but go early because parking is limited. Mild surf makes this a great place to take younger kids and dogs, or to play bocce ball! At low tide you can walk across to Holden Beach but make sure to get back before the tide!
Entertainment & Activities
One mile from The Pink Flamingo, and what beach trip is complete is complete without putt-putt and ice cream? It is recommended that you go early in the day to beat the heat, and (particularly) the crowds. It can get busy!
Oak Island Jungle Golf
6321 East Oak Island Drive
One mile from The Pink Flamingo, and what beach trip is complete is complete without putt-putt and ice cream? It is recommended that you go early in the day to beat the heat, and (particularly) the crowds. It can get busy!
Good for a rainy day, although I hope you don't have many of those!
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Surf Cinemas
4836 Long Beach Road Southeast
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Good for a rainy day, although I hope you don't have many of those!
Shopping
Every Monday from May 21st through September 3rd at Middleton Park on SE 46th Street. 8am to 1pm. Produce, home-made goods, jewelry, furniture, photography and more. Support local vendors!
Oak Island Farmers Market
3003 E Oak Island Dr
Every Monday from May 21st through September 3rd at Middleton Park on SE 46th Street. 8am to 1pm. Produce, home-made goods, jewelry, furniture, photography and more. Support local vendors!
THE BEST seafood market you will ever visit! Fish is cut to order right off the bone. The best and freshest local shrimp and oysters. If you are cooking seafood in this is where you must go, and don't hesitate to ask for recommendations, both of the seafood and how to cook it. Try the cheese grits and key lime pie as well. Yummmm!
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Haag & Sons Seafood
7901 East Oak Island Drive
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THE BEST seafood market you will ever visit! Fish is cut to order right off the bone. The best and freshest local shrimp and oysters. If you are cooking seafood in this is where you must go, and don't hesitate to ask for recommendations, both of the seafood and how to cook it. Try the cheese grits and key lime pie as well. Yummmm!
There are tons of antique and thrift stores on Oak Island if you like that sort of thing. The Hoarders has lots of unique things, both old and new. Others are The Hope Chest (benefits victims of domestic violence) and "Cool Stuff" both located at 56th and Oak Island Drive, and The Painted Mermaid, located at 1208 North Howe Street in Southport.
The Hoarders, Inc
8600 E Oak Island Dr
There are tons of antique and thrift stores on Oak Island if you like that sort of thing. The Hoarders has lots of unique things, both old and new. Others are The Hope Chest (benefits victims of domestic violence) and "Cool Stuff" both located at 56th and Oak Island Drive, and The Painted Mermaid, located at 1208 North Howe Street in Southport.
Doesn't look like much from the outside but really cool, beachy stuff inside! NOT your typical gift shop.
Color Me Carolina
4143 Colfax Ln SE
Doesn't look like much from the outside but really cool, beachy stuff inside! NOT your typical gift shop.
Another super nice gift shop, located on Long Beach Road, on the way from Oak Island to Southport, just up the road from Color Me Carolina.
Coastal Cottage Shoppe
4260 Long Beach Rd SE
Another super nice gift shop, located on Long Beach Road, on the way from Oak Island to Southport, just up the road from Color Me Carolina.
Fudge! And that's all I'm going to say about that right there.
Bubba's Gift Shop
5825 E Oak Island Dr
Fudge! And that's all I'm going to say about that right there.
Getting Around
Catch the ferry to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher or for a day-trip to Bald Head Island.
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Southport Ferry Terminal
1650 Ferry Road
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Catch the ferry to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher or for a day-trip to Bald Head Island.