Things to do in Topsail Island
While the majority of your vacation will be spent somewhere along our 26 miles of sandy beach, there will be certainly times others will want to explore more. Fortunately, Topsail Island features a healthy array of activities for the young and young at heart!
Read our activity guide below for some inspirations on what to do while you are vacationing here on Topsail Island!
JOLLY ROGER FISHING PIER
Take a romantic stroll on or under the 850 ft pier or grab your tackle and try to catch the next big one; it's all possible at one of the island's premier piers! Fishing tickets for children age 13 and younger are half-price! Get your weekly fishing permits here. Fishing rods allowed!
MISSILES AND MORE MUSEUM
The Missiles and More Museum came to life when a group of citizens were concerned for the future of the historical Assembly Building. The building, constructed 1946, was used by the government to assemble missiles for a secret missile operation being conducted on Topsail Island. A great museum that hosts an array of exhibits of history and nature.
QUEEN JEAN CHARTER BOATS
Take a half day fishing trip, kid's fishing adventure, or enjoy an evening cruise around the island. Queen Jean has you covered.
TOPSAIL ISLAND SKATING RINK
A throwback to the olden days, this wholesome hangout has had the same DJ, Miss Doris, for over 40 years! Affected heavily by the recent hurricane, their are current plans to reopen better than ever!
Fun for all ages at this original 1955 Retro Putt-Putt 18 hole Golf Course with Topsail’s Best Ice Cream Shop - Hershey’s, Maola, Haagan Daz and Custard! Family size surreys and bike rentals, music and a DJ too! Have your picture taken with a “real” Minion and SpongeBob!
THE KAREN BEASLEY SEA TURTLE RESCUE AND REHABILITATION CENTER
Learn about the ecological impact and efforts involved in preserving these majestic sea creatures. The mission of the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is the conservation and preservation of all species of marine turtles, both in the water and on the beach. They accomplish this through the rescue, care, and release of sick and injured sea turtles.
The pier is located on North Topsail Beach off of New River Inlet Road at 124 Fishing Pier Lane. It is over 1,000 feet long and is one of the longest piers on the North Carolina coast. Old timers will remember that it was once called Salty’s Pier.
NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH TOWN PARK
Great town park with loads of activities including: Soundside Gazebo (available for rent), a kayak launch, nature trail, tot lot, volleyball court, basketball court, tennis courts, picnic shelters and charcoal-ready grills!
The park is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily during the summer months.
Surf City Ocean Pier
Built and rebuilt since 1948, the Surf City Ocean Pier has delighted locals and vacationers for generations. With a restaurant and gift shop on site, this centrally located pier has provided endless relaxation for fishermen and sightseers alike.