Things to Do In Bald Head Island
Bald Head Island is home to over 14 miles of gorgeous beaches with several public access points. Whether you choose to build sandcastle’s with your little ones, stroll the shoreline, take a dip in the ocean or just hang out under the warm sun, these pristine beaches will keep your family entertained for hours.
Bald Head Island Fishing
Bald Head Island is a fisherman’s paradise. From flounder to mullet to trout and bluefish, there is no shortage of fish waiting to be caught off the shore. Or take a trip offshore and discover the bounty of the sea, from grouper, mackerel, and tuna to dolphin, Wahoo and much more. If you’re new to fishing and would like lessons, the Bald Head Island Conservancy offers a fishing school to get you geared up and ready in no time.
Bald Head Island Golf
The Bald Head Island Club golf course has been recently renovated and is one of the top golfing destinations in the Southeast. From the moment you tee off, you’ll breathe a little slower and walk a little lighter while taking in the semitropical landscaping and the natural wildlife, including heron, ospreys, fox and even alligators! There are a variety of ways guests can enjoy golf privileges, including temporary memberships and packages for unlimited access to the course for the length of your stay.
Rent a Bike
With over 15 miles of picturesque roads, you’ll never get tired of exploring the island on two wheels. Bike rentals are offered through Coastal Urge and Riverside Adventure Company by the hour, day or week.
Play in the Ocean
There are so many ways to enjoy the natural beauty of the ocean while burning some extra calories in the process. Learn how to fly high on a kite board over the water with lessons from Coastal Urge. Catch some waves with your own board or rent a surfboard from the Sail Shop, which also offers group and private surfing lessons if you’re new to the sport. Try your hand at Standup paddle boarding (SUP), with Coastal Urge offering everything from rentals, guided excursions and lessons. Or learn how to sail with the help of The Sail Shop, with options for all age groups.
Take in the Nature
Nature lovers will be captivated by the abundance of wildlife on the Island. In the interior, you may get a glimpse of deer, raccoons, or foxes. Alligators live in the golf course lagoons, fishing birds make the marshes their homes, and loggerhead sea turtles nest on the Island’s beaches. If you are here during nesting or hatching season, you can join the Bald Head Island Conservancy for an evening turtle walk. The Conservancy also offers summer camps and weekly bird walks.
Kayak the Creeks
Kayaking Bald Head Creek or Fishing Creek will offer you many opportunities to see the vast array of wildlife including egrets, ibises and herons, and even Bald Eagles and Fiddler Crabs! The Sail Shop offers kayak rentals, guided kayak tours or self-guided trip. Single Kayaks, Double Kayaks and Canoes can be rented by the hour or priced per trip. The ocean kayaks can be rented by the day or week.
Hit the Courts
If tennis is more your cup of tea, the gentle ocean breezes create an ideal venue for outdoor tennis. The Bald Head Island Club offers four hard courts, available to members and temporary members of the club. The club also offers private lessons, daily clinics and programs for children during the summer season.
At the intersection where treasure hunting meets island adventures, you’ll find the neatest family-friendly outdoor game offered on the island. Geocaching uses a GPS-enabled devise to track down a box or “cache” hidden at a set of coordinates. Riverside Adventure Company also offers a Scavenger Hunt that sends you around the island to a series of GPS coordinates, with prizes awarded weekly.
Learn the History
History buffs will want to visit Old Baldy, the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina. Climb the more than 100 steps for a spectacular view of the Island. Take a tour to learn about the Island’s history. Pirates Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet frequented the Island. Later it was home to the Confederacy’s Fort Holmes during the Civil War.
These are just a few of the many things to do while visiting this beautiful island retreat. Bald Head Island offers so many activities to keep you entertained and feeling rejuvenated after your vacation is over.