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5 Fun Ways for Families to Pass the [Turtle] Time on Bald Head Island

Woman riding bike on Bald Head Island

woman biking on bald head island| NO. 1 |GET IT IN GEAR

The most popular modes of transportation on Bald Head Island are the electric golf cart and bicycle. Whenever possible, opt for two wheels or your own two feet to best soak up the surroundings. Coastal Urge and Riverside Adventure Co. rent bikes by the day and by the week.


Enjoy a stellar view of the marina and a little friendly competition at Trivia Night or Bingo Night at Will o’ the Wisp.

old baldy lighthouse| NO. 3 |KISS THE SKY

For a panoramic view of the island and surrounding area, climb the 108 steps to the very top of Old Baldy Lighthouse, commissioned by Thomas Jefferson and still standing more than 200 years later. Admission to climb the lighthouse includes access to the Smith Island Museum of History, where you’ll find artifacts illuminating the daily duties of a lighthouse keeper and much more.


The Bald Head Island Conservancy’s Bald Head After Dark event introduces the nocturnal creatures of the island, including frogs, bats, alligators and bioluminescent plankton. After a brief presentation, you’ll join a naturalist on a flashlight-led walk to see what nighttime critters you can spot.

little girl splashing in water| NO. 5 | KID AROUND

Kids don’t take a back seat to grownups on Bald Head Island. The BHI Club offers a robust summer camp program, including golf, tennis and swimming instruction; arts and crafts; games; and plenty of aquatic activities. The Shoals Club has a full calendar of programs for kids, too, headed up by their mascot Gulliver, a seagull who’s flown in and made the island home. From pool parties to cannonball contests to movie nights, there are more chances to dance, splash and just be a kid than you’d believe.

Published by Christi Golder
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

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