Weekend in Southport, North Carolina

Sprawling oak trees and three bodies of water make this humble, Southern town feel like home—even to the Hollywood stars who often film here.

Southport: What to Do
Photo: Christopher Shane

What to Do

The real draw may be the people. "It's typical in Southport to run into people with incredible talent or backgrounds," Pete Wallace says. "People gravitate here, and once they are here, they stay."

Southport is famous for its annual NC 4th of July festival, when the town swells to 50,000 people. The U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament is held in October, when some 500 boats compete to see who can catch the biggest whopper.

Locals enjoy everything from golf, boating, and fishing to perusing the thousands of artifacts in the downtown Maritime Museum and the monthly local artists' exhibits at beautiful Franklin Square Art Gallery.


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