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Bald Head Island, NC is a hidden gem on the coast of North Carolina that offers visitors a serene and peaceful atmosphere that is perfect for a relaxing getaway. One of the best things about Bald Head Island is that there are plenty of free or low-cost activities that visitors can enjoy while they are here ...
Visit the Beaches: Bald Head Island is known for its pristine beaches, and they are all free to the public. There are 14 miles of beaches to explore, so you are sure to find a spot that suits your style. Whether you want to swim, surf, fish, or simply relax in the sun, the beaches of Bald Head Island are the perfect place to do it.
Explore the Maritime Forest: The island has a lush maritime forest that is unique to this area of North Carolina. Visitors can hike or bike the many trails and roads that wind through the forest to get some exercise and fresh air while enjoying the scenery.
Visit the Old Baldy Lighthouse: The Old Baldy Lighthouse is a historic landmark on the island that dates back to 1817. Visitors can climb to the top of the lighthouse for a panoramic view of the island and the surrounding waters. Admission to the lighthouse is just $6 per person, and it's a great way to learn about the island's history.
Go Kayaking or Paddleboarding: Bald Head Island's creeks and marshes are perfect for kayaking or paddleboarding. You can rent a kayak or paddleboard for a low cost from Coastal Urge or East Beach Surf Shop and explore the waterways at your own pace, getting up close and personal with the island's creek wildlife.
Attend a Howl at the Moon Party: Every month during the full moon, visitors and locals gather on the beach near access #39 for a relaxed celebration. This free event includes a bagpiper, a chance to meet the locals, and a beautiful sunset/moonrise over the ocean. BYOB and bring a dish to share.
Visit the Island's Art Gallery: Bald Head Island’s art gallery, All About Art, showcases the work of local artists. Visitors can view and purchase paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewelry and other art pieces. This is a great way to support the local arts community while finding a unique souvenir to take home.
Whether you want to relax on the beach, explore the island's natural beauty, or experience the local culture, you’ll find lots of no-cost or low-cost things to do on this unforgettable island.
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