The Best Day Trips From Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina

Tucked along the stunning beaches of Ocean Isle Beach, the vacation rentals offered by McClure Realty Vacations provide a perfect getaway for families, couples, and friend groups seeking relaxation and adventure. Your vacation rental will be like your home away from home and your gateway to exploring the wonders nearby. We curated this guide below on some of the best day trips during your stay in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

Explore the Top 7 North Carolina Day Trips

  1. Myrtle Beach: Cross over into South Carolina to visit the iconic Myrtle Beach. Broadway at the Beach is a great hub that offers many attractions, including iconic restaurants, amusement rides, and shopping outlets. Visit Brookgreen Gardens, a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve with beautifully landscaped gardens and a fascinating collection of outdoor art.

  2. Wilmington: Guests can enjoy unforgettable day trips to Wilmington, North Carolina. Explore Wilmington's historic downtown, visit the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial, or take a scenic river cruise along the Cape Fear River.

  3. Southport: Nicknamed “America's Happiest Seaside Town,” this charming NC coastal town is just a short drive away. Explore the picturesque streets lined with historic homes, boutique shops, and waterfront dining options.

  4. Bald Head Island: Take a 20-minute ferry ride to Bald Head Island, a serene retreat with beautiful beaches, nature trails, and the iconic Bald Head Lighthouse. This is easily one of the most delightful day trips from Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. 

  5. Oak Island: Just a stone's throw away from Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island boasts the Oak Island Lighthouse for stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

  6. Carolina Beach: One of the best North Carolina day trips is easily Carolina Beach. Visit the 50-foot Sugarloaf Dune at Carolina Beach State Park. Stroll along the award-winning Carolina Beach Boardwalk and see the carnivorous plants on the Flytrap Trail.

  7. Bird Island Coastal Reserve: Just a short boat ride away, The Bird Island Coastal Reserve is the last undeveloped barrier island in Brunswick County. Explore the wide array of birds, wildlife, and plants.

Whether you're seeking a serene beach trip or an action-packed coastal adventure, McClure Realty Vacations is your gateway to exploring the best North Carolina day trips!