Summertime Outdoor Activities on Bald Head Island NC

Summertime was made for Bald Head Island. As a result, every summer, outdoor enthusiasts flock to the sandy, sunny shores of BHI to partake in the island’s incredible outdoor activities. Whether you’re a beachgoer, a thrill seeker, or a treasure hunter, you’re going to find the activities available to you on Bald Head Island to be more than you ever expected.

Try Geocaching on BHI

Geocaching is fast becoming one of the top family vacation activities on Bald Head Island. This activity is part treasure hunt and part island adventure, so it’s actually two experiences in one. When you’re participating in a game of geocaching, you use a GPS-enabled device to track down a box or "cache" hidden at a set of coordinates. By making your way to the coordinates, you discover more and more about the island. There’s also an exciting GPS-powered scavenger hunt offered on the island and with this game, you have the chance to win weekly awards. Both the geocaching and the scavenger hunt are offered by the Riverside Adventure Company.

Go Surfing

On BHI, the surfing is always awesome. Just bring your board and venture over to East Beach, the island’s top spot for surfing. If you don’t own a board, don’t worry, you can rent one from the Sail Shop. Boogie boards are also available. The Sail Shop also offers Surf Camp, a great instructional course for first-time surfers.


At Coastal Urge, you can take kiteboarding lessons that will have you kiteboarding like a pro in no time. They offer a 90-minute lesson on land, where you use a trainer kite to learn flying techniques. Once you pass the lesson, you’ll move on to learn how to launch your board and fly along the water.


Also available from the Sail Shop are sailing lessons for both kids and adults. As part of the kid’s lesson, your child will learn how to sail on the creek in one of the Sail Shop’s Opti Prams. The experience will be sure to be something they’ll never forget. Adult lessons, on the other hand, involve learning on one of two 26' J-80 Olympic-class sailboats. There are also Fun Sails trips where an instructor takes you and up to four others on a two-hour guided tour of the Cape Fear River and South Beach.

Standup Paddleboarding

Standup paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the hottest outdoor activities on Bald Head Island. Standup paddleboarding is not only fun, it’s meditative. There’s no more peaceful experience than being out on the water, coasting along on your board with all of Bald Head Island’s beauty surrounding you. Visit Coastal Urge for all of your paddleboarding needs. Here, you can get rentals, take guided excursions, and sign up for SUP instructional sessions at the Board Room, which is located in the harbor.

Kayak BHI’s Creeks

Navigating up Bald Head Creek is fun and easy in a kayak or canoe. There’s nature all around, so don’t be surprised if you see some of the native island birds along the way. You can take a self-guided trip or one of the tours offered by the Bald Head Island Conservancy or the Sail Shop.

Bald Head Island Activities Will Keep You Busy All Summer Long

With so many Bald Head Island activities, it’s no wonder that the island is the go-to place for lovers of the great outdoors. Whether you want to surf the majestic waves or search for treasure like a modern day pirate, there’s plenty to keep you busy and happy all summer long on Bald Head Island, NC.

If you would like more information about visiting Bald Head Island, just fill out this contact form for the Bald Head Island Chamber of Commerce. We will send you a welcome packet with everything you need to know about planning a weekend family trip to our beautiful island. 

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