Southport, NC

Just 20 minutes from the Summerwoods entrance is the quaint seaside town of Southport, NC. Situated on the intersection of the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, Southport is known for its stunning scenery and rich maritime history. Spend the day strolling tree-lined streets, boutique shopping, and visiting the many sites that make Southport so special. Be sure to stop and spend some time at one of the many local restaurants. From fine dining to fun dining, your choices include fresh- caught seafood, steak, salads, hamburgers, ice cream, pastries, and more. Learn more at

Things to do..

  • Southport Pier and Riverwalk
  • Southport Fort Fisher Ferry
  • North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport
  • Kayaking and Canoeing at Southport
  • Fort Johnston, Southport Museum and Visitors Center
  • Sunset Boat Cruise / Boat Tours from Southport
  • Silver Coast Winery Tasting Room in Southport
  • Southport Marina Boating and Fishing at Southport
  • Franklin Square Gallery / Local Artists
  • Old Brunswick County Jail Museum
  • Sightseeing Tours of Southport
  • Gift & Specialty Shops (13 in all)

Southport Dining

  • The Provision Company
  • Mr. P’s Bistro
  • Oliver’s on the Cape Fear
  • Frying Pan
  • Fishy Fishy Cafe
  • Moore Street Oyster Bar
  •  Tropical Smoothie Cafe
  • Ports of Call
  • Loco Jo’s Bar & Grill
  • Local’s Family Diner
  •  Taylor Cuisine Cafe and Catering
  •  Terry’s North Carolina Barbecue and Ribs

Southport Film

You may recognize Southport from the 42+ TV shows and movies that chose this location to film. Popular films such as Dawson’s Creek, Safe Haven, and I Know What You Did Last Summer were all filmed in Southport, NC. Others include:

  • Weekend at Bernie’s
  • Under the Dome
  • A Walk to Remember
  • The Secret Life of Bees
  • Buried Alive II