Calabash is a small fishing town better known as the Seafood Capital of the World. Its unique Calabash style seafood restaurants, plenty of world-class eco tours, and marine life make it a unique vacation destination. Being a part the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area, Calabash offers plenty of things to do when traveling with friends and family. And you can stay at one of our recommended Airbnb vacation rentals in Calabash. If you’re keen on exploring this town, here’s a list of top things to do in Calabash, NC.
1. Go fishing with Calabash Fishing Fleet
Wondering what to do in Calabash, NC? How about going fishing with Calabash Fishing Fleet? It is a family owned and operated business with the best charter fleet available for fishing. You can book a private boat or share the ride, the boats are comfortable and offer a unique fishing experience both offshore (deep sea) and nearshore. There are also scenic river cruises & dolphin tours available if you are not up for fishing. The boat deck of their sunset cruises is simply the best place to watch a sunset.
Calabash Fishing Fleet
Address: 9945 Nance St, Calabash, NC 28467, USA
Website: Calabash Fishing Fleet
2. Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach brings to life an underwater adventure with 6 unique experiences. You can choose from: Dive with the Sharks, Stingray Experience, Glass Bottom Boat Adventure, Sleep with the Sharks, Behind-the-scenes tour and Morning Yoga. There are also live shows organized throughout the year and the summer camp is held annually. You can look forward to gliding on a 330 ft (100 m) moving path beneath the Dangerous Reef. You will love to experience the aquatic world of eels, fish, sharks, crabs, jellyfish, and mermaids. Traveling from Myrtle Beach to Calabash, NC is easy and you must spare at least two hours to tour the aquarium.
Ripley's Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
Address: 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, USA
Website: Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach
3. Tropical Adventure Mini Golf
Head to the Tropical Adventure Mini Golf for a fun-filled outing in Calabash with friends and family. The mini golf course is neatly designed, very well-maintained and nicely landscaped. There is plenty of shade around. If you are traveling with children, they are going to love putting around here.
Tropical Adventure Mini Golf
Address: 10124 Beach Dr SW, Calabash, North Carolina 28467
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4. Silver Coast Winery
The Silver Coast Winery opened its doors to the public on May 2002, as the first winery in Brunswick County and the 22nd in North Carolina. A family owned and operated winery started by Maryann and her husband, Dr. Azzato, it is known for its award-winning wines from American Oak Chardonnay to White Merlot, Touriga, and Cabernet. You must visit here for a wine tasting session, indulge in a glass of fine wine, learn about the art of winemaking, check out their art-gallery, stroll around their outdoor patio, gift-shop and vineyard. The place is also very famous as a wedding destination.
They offer tours and tastings daily so you can simply book your reservations and drive through.
Silver Coast Winery
Address: 6680 Barbeque Rd NW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469, USA
Website: Silver Coast Winery
5. The North Carolina Oyster Festival
The North Carolina Oyster Festival is an annual event that has successfully surpassed 37 editions. In these years it has become more like a long-standing tradition that brings with it two full days of entertainment, food, and shopping. This unique event hosts live entertainers, culinary delights from a wide variety of cuisines including mouth-watering dishes of oysters, daily contests and lots of opportunity for shopping for local art & crafts.
Thousands of tourists flock to this festival each year to join the fun, wouldn’t you want to be there too?
The North Carolina Oyster Festival
Address: 8 E 2nd St, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469, USA
Website: The North Carolina Oyster Festival
6. Museum of Coastal Carolina
If you’re looking for activities near Calabash, NC, consider visiting Museum of Coastal Carolina. It is a natural history museum with exhibits that include an aquarium, a touch tank, an ocean reef diorama, displays of maritime history, Native Americans, river basins and ecology of the barrier islands. They also have a scavenger hunt to make it even more interesting for the kids and ensuring that they see all exhibits. The interesting style and interactive display of this museum make for quite an engaging experience for people across all age groups.
You can find live sea animals, shells, reefs, fossils, insects, snakes, life-sized sharks, whales, sea turtles, and rays. The museum offers daily programs and special lectures, including area efforts to protect sea turtles.
Museum of Coastal Carolina
Address: 21 E 2nd St, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469, USA
Website: Museum of Coastal Carolina
7. Relax, unwind, and rejuvenate at Sacred Willow Spa
Sacred Willow Spa is a family owned and operated business, managed by licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Practitioner Mary A. E. Stephens. To truly de-stress after prolonged days of work, it is best to indulge in a one hour massage or skin care treatment at this cozy charming spa. This is the go-to destination if you really want pure relaxation.
Sacred Willow Spa
Address: 9160 Beach Dr SW, Calabash, NC 28467, USA
Website: Sacred Willow Spa
8. Crow Creek Golf Course
Hole #6 at Crow Creek! We can't wait for our renovations to be done so golfers can get back out there and enjoy the course!Posted by Crow Creek Golf Club on Thursday, 29 June 2017
The Crow Creek Golf Course is an 18-hole championship course that features L-93 Bentgrass greens and lush Tifsport fairways. It was designed by golf architect Rick Robbins, in the quaint fishing village of Calabash, NC. Since opening in 2000, it has been the local’s favorite and has gained immense popularity amongst golfers for being one of the most immaculately maintained courses along the East Coast.
Crow Creek Golf Course
Address: 490 S Crow Creek Dr, Calabash, NC 28467, USA
Website: Crow Creek Golf Course
9. Callahan's of Calabash
Callahan’s of Calabash is a sprawling 35,000-square-foot (3251.6 sq m) establishment, owned and operated by Clark Callahan and nephew Dean Spatholt. It is a grand gift shop opened in 1978 with aisle after aisle of gifts and souvenirs, confections, collectibles, nautical decor, and an amazing selection of Christmas ornaments and decorations. You can choose from a vast collection of jewelry, memorial replicas, photos, tees, maps, books, caps, tote bags, sea life, corks, nets, shells, sculptures, intricately carved boats both in and out of bottles, and Christmas trees of all sizes and styles.
If you would like to purchase a souvenir or gift then there can’t be a more appropriate place than the Callahan’s of Calabash. You need to visit and see yourself, to believe the vast number of gifts that this store has.
Callahan's of Calabash
Address: 9973 Beach Dr SW, Calabash, NC 28467, USA
Website: Callahan’s of Calabash
10. Tour with Hurricane Fleet
Located in the heart of the “Seafood Capital of the World”, Hurricane Fleet has serviced the coast of North and South Carolina with their fishing boats for the past 50 years or so. When traveling with family and friends an eco tour to go fishing with them will be a very knowledgeable and unique experience. Learn about shrimping, live-catches, catching marine life on nets, and observe in close range the astonishing variety of sea creatures. Their cruise offers comfortable, affordable and an unforgettable experience.
Address: 9975 Nance St, Calabash, NC 28467, USA
Website: Hurricane Fleet
From live fishing to maritime history, and spa treatments to sea-food restaurants, this city has it all. Don’t go by its small area or population, with the vast range of activities that can be done around here, Calabash must be on your go-to list! From fishing charters to lazing around on beaches near Calabash, NC, there are plenty of activities to indulge in.
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