Top 10 Bucket List of Cool Things-To-Do at Sunset Beach!

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A Powder-Soft, Lovely Beach

The pristine, super soft silver sands and low commercial atmosphere of Sunset Beach attract families and sunbathers from across the nation for decades.

The unique vegetative buffer and undisturbed dunes create an attractive segue from the oceanfront homes to the crystal waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It also well serves as habitat to birds, deer, fox, rabbits, a lone bobcat, hawks, eagles, falcons, seagulls, sanderlings, pipers, killdeer, ghost crabs and nesting sea turtles.

The saltwater is home to leaping dolphins, tiny jewel-colored coquina clams, crabs, cannonball jellies, sand dollars, and much more! The super fine, extra soft, silver-colored sand adds to the area nickname of “The Silver Coast.”

Kindred Spirit Mailbox


Visit Historic Kindred Spirit Mailbox

The weathered “post office box” by the sea has operated for more than 35 years now. What started as a tribute to the beauty and solitude of Bird Island is now an established landmark, which thousands of nature lovers visit annually. Hundreds of photographers and artists trudge to the west end of Bird Island/Sunset Beach to capture the essence of the mysterious mailbox tucked high in a sand dune, and many a beach walker has rested on the rough hewn driftwood bench there and wrote a commentary in the famous notebooks lying within. See more about Kindred Spirit Mailbox.




Rent a Kayak with a Guided Tour

Explore the pristine estuaries and channels unique to Sunset Beach and see the beach from a new perspective. Discover the abundant wildlife ranging from Pelicans, Blue Herons, Sea Turtles, Sea Otters and majestic dolphins!
Bring along your fishing pole to enjoy an afternoon of Red Drum, Sea Bass and trout fishing in the area. Beach your kayak and take a refreshing dip, search for seashells or just enjoy the beauty of your surroundings. Try Summertide Tours for the best tours!


Have a Beach Wedding or Renew Vows

For a gorgeous, quiet, natural looking beach with healthy dunes, no skyscrapers, no neon, minimum signage, soft silvery sand, friendly faces, no hotels on the oceanfront, a free ceremony venue, no event permit required from the Town Hall, then Sunset Beach is your place to wed! Or tighten the knot in a fun vows renewal.  Want s SUPER secluded spot?  Try 40th Street access!

Last-minuters and Elopers welcome! Friendly to ALL lifestyles, handicapped parking and ramp access at the Public Gazebo by the pier, and beach wheelchairs on loan from the Town Hall (910-579-3808). It’s also dog friendly all year round at set hours (think “cute ring bearer”).  Plus, many local businesses serve weddings in this town: officiant, photographer, catering, beauty, hair, hotels, group transportation and more. Check them all out HERE!  Marry your sandy soulmate on Sunset Beach.  See these FAQs about beach weddings!

Boat, Jet Ski, Fishing or Bird Watching

The agreeable ocean temperatures attract surfers, sunbathers, SCUBA divers, bird watchers, and other water enthusiasts from all over the country. The Atlantic ocean, Intracoastal waterway, and network of rivers and tributaries teaming with wildlife offer excellent fishing, kayaking and boating to adventurous and active visitors! Take your boat or a hire a charter and fish for mackerel or tuna, paddle up the winding and serene waters of the undisturbed marsh creeks, or bird watch for Egret, Eagles and Osprey on Bird Island.


Enjoy Free Outdoor Concerts

Relax, enjoy the soothing coastal breezes and musical stylings of top area performers every Wednesday evening from Memorial Day to Labor Day at the Village Park Gazebo and Park as part of the Sunset Beach Concerts. Each week (May – September) a variety of music styles in concert supports a local charity, and all concerts are free to the public. Bring yourself chairs and bug spray and your own personal comforts! Dancing encouraged!

Sunset Beach Concert Series

Play Golf on Championship Courses

If your passion is golf or you are an occasional enthusiast, Sunset Beach offers 180 holes of championship golf courses by the nation’s top golf course designers! With the 7 distinct golf courses, Sunset Beach offers some of the most challenging, lovely, and diverse golf experiences in North Carolina. Click THIS LINK to learn details about each of these 7 golf resorts and courses.

Sea-Trail-Plantation sea trail plantation

Browse a local Farmers' and Artisans' Market

Delicious foodstuffs AND lovely artworks under the trees by the serene ICW waterway–with free parking and admission!  All kinds of baked goods, fresh produce and a broad range of quality handcrafted items. Each Thursday morning 9am-1pm, weekly May 3 – October 11 at the Sunset Beach Park, 206 Sunset Blvd North. Check out this wonderful market for fun, food, and local unique products and artwork!

See the Planetarium Laser Shows and Movies

Appreciate Nature, the Ocean, the Sky and Stars on a whole new level in these impressive, huge movies! Be entertained on rainy days too! All Sky Theater movies are followed by a “live star show.”  Rock n Roll music and laser light shows for adults happen at night.

Most events are free for Planetarium Members, dual Museum/Planetarium members, active military, and disabled veterans.
Non-members per-show admission (includes sales tax): $9.50 adults (13-61), $8.50 seniors (62+), $7.50 children (3-12), and free for ages 2 and under.
Present your same-week Museum receipt at the Planetarium and receive $2 off your Planetarium admission.
Questions? Call Ingram Planetarium at 910-575-0033.

Visit the Old Bridge Museum

Since the 1950’s friends and families from all over the country have enjoyed the natural serenity of Sunset Beach by traversing the single lane swing bridge built originally by Mannon Gore, the island’s founding father and a visionary futurist. Every year, the rhythmic rumbling of the loose, wooden planks as you crossed the bridge served to welcome you to a different place, one where slow, quiet, rest, relaxation, and reflection could be found.

Over the years of its service the Sunset Beach Bridge became a symbol of the very essence of what Sunset Beach was and continues to be. Its image, in many forms, adorns countless souvenirs at this museum, offering pleasant reminders of good times passed and present.