Surf City, NC – a hidden gem

Surf City, NC – a hidden gem

North Carolina legend tells the tales of pirates who used the Outer Banks and barrier islands as hiding grounds. They used to hide between the mainland and Topsail Channel and wait to attack merchant ships. This “Graveyard of the Atlantic” is also home to the legendary pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard.

North Carolina has many hidden treasures and gems. Today we show you some fun things to do in Surf City, part of the Topsail Island region.

Surf City Pier, North Carolina


Surf City Pier
For those who are into fishing or just want to walk out as far as they can over the water, Surf City has an incredible Pier. The Pier was originally built in 1948 and has weathered many fierce storms. Unfortunately, Hurricane Fran obliterated her in 1996. She was rebuilt in 1997 and looks better than ever! The Surf City Pier is equipped with all that you need for fishing: sufficient lighting for night time fishing, bait supplies, two very large cleaning stations supplied with fresh water, and more. The Pier is also a great place for the non-fishers out there; there is an outside covered dining area, incredible burgers, and a nifty souvenir shop.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle, endangered species.


Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rehabilitation and Rescue Center
A visit to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center gives you more than the pleasure of seeing aquatic life, it also provides you with a learning opportunity. This center is one of the best places to learn about sea creatures in the Carolinas. The center is able to serve its purpose and mission in preservation as well as conservation for all marine turtle species found in water and at the beach. The center enables its visitors to tour and indulge in activities that can enable them to appreciate and learn about loggerhead and the rest of the endangered sea turtles.

Shipwreck Point Golf in Surf City, NC


Shipwreck Point Golf
In tune with the pirate story legend, Shipwreck Point Golf is lots of fun for the whole family! It has 18 holes which resemble tropical island waterfalls, a shipwreck, skulls, flags with pirate decorations, and more piratey things. There is also a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs to remember your trip.

Seacoast Art Gallery and the artwork of Sandy McHugh in Surf City, NC


Seacoast Art Gallery
If you drive by a pink cottage with the words ART GALLERY listed in beautiful lettering, you’ve found your way to Seacoast Art Gallery! It’s worth your time to pull over immediately and take some time to browse the wonderful works of Sandy McHugh. (Sidenote, this quirky pink gallery is also her home.) She creates whimsical and charming one-of-a-kind artwork that you need to see for yourself.


Surf City has much more to see and do, and you really should come see it for yourself. Enjoy your trip to Topsail Island and be sure to visit these hidden treasures!

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