Enter the town of Southport and you will feel as though you have stepped back in time. With an abundance of old-world southern charm in the form of two hundred year old oak trees, cobblestone streets and alleyways, historical sites and more, a visit to Southport is more than just a seaside vacation – it’s a chance to experience the feeling of being worlds away from our normal, hectic lives. Take a deep breath of that fresh, salty sea air and prepare to see why Southport is so popular with tourists and locals alike.
Perhaps one of the most attractive reasons to visit Southport is the scenery itself. In this seaside town, there are no high-rises, loud city noises or neon lights to be seen. Instead, gaze upon quaint stores and restored historical buildings. Take a walk along the waterfront and feast your eyes on boats heading out to catch a possible future dinner for you. Beautiful marsh views and oak trees will appeal to all nature lovers, as Southport provides the atmosphere of a seaside location, without all of the commercialism of more crowded areas such as Myrtle Beach.
Southport has the added appeal of a rich historical background. Indeed, several streets you may walk down still have some of the original structure or cobblestone from over one hundred years ago. Several buildings and houses have been restored to their original glory and many historical markers are posted to allow visitors the change to read up on the town’s history. If you aren’t too spooked, take a walk through the cemetery and read up on some of Southport’s original residents. Many of the headstones date back to the mid 1700s and is the last resting place of soldiers from the Civil War and the American Revolution. For history buffs, Southport provides a wide array of sites and areas to visit and get your historical fill.
The downtown area of Southport provides many opportunities for the shopping enthusiast to find a wonderful memento of their visit. Unique boutiques, antique shops and other collectible stores are ready and waiting to offer various trinkets and delights. Art galleries, pottery stores and wine and gourmet shops also provide a chance to pick up a great gift or souvenir. When you have worked up an appetite from pounding the pavements on your shopping excursions, take some time to visit one of the many restaurants that line the streets and waterfront area of Southport. From delicious seafood dishes and ethnic cuisine, to good old-fashioned hamburgers and steak, you are sure to find a dish that will satisfy your taste buds and fill you up. After your meal, grab an ice cream or a coffee and relax on one of the benches, swings or gazebo by the waterfront and watch the boats return home, framed by a gorgeous sunset.
Though Southport continues to grow, it still retains that small-town feel and hospitality that is second-nature in the south. Conveniently located between Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina, it is close enough to provide visitors with access to larger cities while still giving them that taste of being in another more peaceful and relaxing world.
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