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There are so many marvelous highlights for an Ocean Isle Beach vacation. Visitors bask in sun on the warm sandy beaches. Families frolic in the salty surf. Fishermen cast their lines, hoping for a bite. But what do you do when a summer thunder storm rolls in, or your kiddos have had enough sun for one day? There are several fantastic opportunities for family fun in Ocean Isle…that are off the beach. You are just 6 easy steps away from experiencing more of what Ocean Isle Beach has to offer.

Music That Will Make You Want to Dance

Grab your dancing shoes…or your lawn chair, and head over to the FREE Summer Concert Series hosted by the Ocean Isle Property Owners Association. Every Friday night, through Labor Day, head down to the Museum of Coastal Carolina (located at 21 E. 2nd Street, Ocean Isle Beach) for a summer roster that is spilling over with beach music, shag, oldies and rock ‘n roll. Bands perform from 6:30p-8:00p, so be sure to arrive a few minutes early to purchase refreshments, make a donation to the local food bank and get a good seat! Bring a friend…or the whole family…for an evening full of the sweet sounds of Carolina.

July 22– Too Much Sylvia
July 29– Continental Divide
Aug 5– The Legacy Motown Revue
Aug 12– Coco Loco Party Band
Aug 19– Steve Owen & Summertime
Aug 26– The Attractions
Sept 2– Holiday Band
Sept 9– The Carolina Breakers

Join In the Search for Treasure and Prizes

Offering fun for kids of all ages, the Summer Scavenger Hunt series is sure to bring out a little pirate in everyone. Registration starts each Wednesday at 10:00am (7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17). There are 5 more weeks to participate in this FREE event….with FREE hot dogs, popsicles and prizes!! So gather up the family, and head over to the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center, located at 44 E. 1st Street.

Behind the Scenes Info on Terrific Sea Turtles

Who wouldn’t want to learn more about these amazing sea creatures that share the beaches of Ocean Isle with us? The Tuesday Turtle talks are a FREE presentation by the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization. Join them on Tuesdays, through August 30th, at 7:00p at the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center located at 44 E. 1st Street.

If you happen to be visiting the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach on a Monday, you can join in on the Monday Turtles Talks at 3:30p. This is a free event offered with purchase of regular admission to the museum. The museum is located at 21 E. 2nd Street.

For more great information about sea turtles, and to gain a better understanding of the importance of protecting these special reptiles, be sure to read 10 Facts That Will Make You Sea Turtle Savvy for Your Ocean Isle Beach Vacation.

Hit the Jackpot with Sensational Outdoor Shopping

Break out of the norm, and find a market with local flavor to satisfy your retail needs. Whether it is locally grown produce and seafood…home-made jams, jellies and salsas…or hand-made crafts and gifts, you have several options in Ocean Isle and it’s surrounding areas.
The Holden Brothers Farm Market is a locally owned farm, specializing in locally grown produce. While some produce and products are sourced from other areas of NC and SC, most of the fruits and vegetables available at the market are grown on the Holdens’ 250 acre farm. Located on near mile marker 10 on Highway 17 (5600 Ocean Hwy. West, Shalotte, NC), the farm stand is a short drive from Ocean Isle Beach. Through Labor Day (8:00a-7:00p), you can shop form a large selection of produce, fruits, country ham, honey, pickles, boiled peanuts…the list goes on and on. If you are in the mood to get your hands a little dirty, then ask about their U-Pick Tomatoes! That’s right…you can bring your own containers, go out into the field, and pick your own tomatoes!! The Holden Brothers Farm Market is a family friendly business that is sure to meet your practical needs, and also be the source of a great time!

Ever heard the saying that “one mans trash is another man’s treasure”? If so, and you agree…then the Ocean Isle Beach Flea Market may be the perfect weekend destination for you. Operating Friday, Saturday and Sunday (8:00a-5:00p), the flea market offers a wide variety of food, antiques, collectibles, plants…and who knows what else!! Bring the kids and the pets, and see what kind of treasures you can find at flea market, located near mile marker 9 (6165 Ocean Hwy. West, Ocean Isle Beach).

Stretch Yourself…and Try Beach Yoga for the First Time

Whether you are a seasoned yogi…or you don’t know the difference between downward dog and sun salutation…a yoga class on the beach may be just the thing to take your vacation from awesome to FIT & FABULOUS! Ocean Isle Beach Yoga offers a variety of Pilates and yoga classes for locals and visitors. Classes are held on the beach, in front of the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center, located at 44 E. 1st Street. You can find a full schedule, offering classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, on the Ocean Isle Beach Yoga website. If you are interested in attending a class, be sure to register online or via their free app. Classes are $10 each, and can be paid in cash. Strike a pose, exhale…and RELAX!

How to Create a Perfectly Painted Vacation Masterpiece

Are you are looking for an evening out while on vacation? Then how about a night of painting atNext Generation Canvas and Cocktails? You can browse their schedule, and pick a class that best suits your artistic taste. There is even a sea turtle painting on the July calendar!

It’s a painting party you don’t want to miss. Under the direction of talented artists, you will be led step by step in the creation of your very own masterpiece that you can take home at the end of the class. We have all the art supplies needed to create the painting. You just bring your family, friends, your favorite beverage and the party is on! You will be proud to display your art or give it as a gift! Even if you have never painted before, you will be amazed as you watch your canvas come alive as your creativity is unleashed!

Classes are $35 per person (cash only), and usually run from 6:30p-8:30p. Registration is required, so be sure to reserve your seat today! Next Generation Canvas and Cocktails is located at 30 Shamrock Drive SW, Sunset Beach, NC.

Now that you are familiar with some of the fantastic activities and events available…off the beach…get out there and explore more of what Ocean Isle Beach has to offer! Do you have a favorite summer event at Ocean Isle Beach? Comment below and tell us more!!

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