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Sneads Ferry, a quaint seafood village, is most famous for its main catch, shrimp, and each year it brings in more than 385 tons of this popular crustacean. Each year, in an effort to celebrate and honor local fishermen and the seafood industry, the Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival attracts shri…

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Hit the streets of Hampstead for to celebrate this town’s most abundant catch, the spot fish. Hampstead is host to the NC Spot Festival each September offering a two-day event filled with fun, food and entertainment. This year, the annual event will be held Sept. 23-24. Guests are treated to…

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Take in a weekend of jazz at the Ocean City Jazz Festival in North Topsail Beach July 1-2. The event celebrates jazz legends and up and coming jazz greats at 2649 Island Drive in North Topsail Beach. The event celebrates the rich history of Ocean City, the first African American beach commun…

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Spend a Saturday getting acquainted with nature at the Earth & Surf Fest. The annual festival makes the connection between the health of the environment, the economy and people, with plenty of fun activities to go around. Earth & Surf Fest encompasses both the sound and ocean sides o…

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Rarely do the towers go unnoticed by visitors – standing along the coastline like sentinels of an era long forgotten. Despite the battle scars from the elements endured, the towers remain erect, strong and sturdy, as conversation starters for history buffs or puzzling clues to a mystery for …

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The Azalea Coast - When deciding what to do with yourself during your island vacation, don’t discount nearby Wilmington for a daytrip. With an array of first-class museums and attractions, this break from lounging by the ocean may be exactly what you need. If you go, make sure you visit the …

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Visitors looking to trade their flip flops and fishing poles for a chance to practice their golf swing while on vacation certainly have no shortage of options when it comes to the Treasure Coast. With lush landscapes and picturesque water views around every bend, the backdrop couldn’t be mor…

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Topsail offers several options when it comes to dropping a line. From piers and surfside to trolling on a charter boat, few things are better than casting a line on Topsail Island’s beautiful coastline. Anglers rave about the spring sea mullet and the Spanish mackerel, drum, flounder, cobia …

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Those looking to get a closer look at nature during their visit to Topsail Island, camping is the ideal route to take. Whether you’re looking for a place to park the RV for the entire summer, packing up the camping trailer for a week at the beach or are simply backpacking through with a tent…

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If you can't make it to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, no fear – the aquarium will come to you. Outreach Coordinator Andy Gould returns to Topsail Beach this summer for six consecutive Wednesdays, June 28-Aug. 2. The program, which runs from 1-2pm, is held at the Topsail Assembly Building, …

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Hugging the Eastern North Carolina coastline, about midway between Cape Lookout and Cape Fear, is 26 miles of meandering, sparsely populate sandy beaches just waiting for visitors. The world of Topsail Island could easily be equated to stepping back in time – a time when life was just a litt…

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While many of Topsail Island’s treasures are apparent as soon as you cross the bridge into Surf City, there are those that are tucked away from the mainland and hidden just out of sight. Kayaks and boats provide more than just an opportunity for a day of  thrills in the water – they are also…

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Separated from the mainland until the 1940s and reachable only by those few locals who knew how to hop, skip and jump their way across the marsh during low tide, it’s easy to think there is little history on Topsail Island. But nothing could be farther from the truth.

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Drawing more and more visitors each year, the Ocean City Jazz Festival brings the sounds of cool jazz to blend the waterfront breeze each summer in historic Ocean City, part of North Topsail Beach. Under the shade of a tent, artists at the top of their art will perform on the evenings of July 2-3.

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The Topsail area is full of talented artisans eager to share their talents with visitors. And they have a chance to do that this summer as Summer Plunder Days in Topsail Beach. The brainchild of Topsail Beach resident Dottie Netherton, who developed the craft market as a part of the town’s 5…

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Topsail offers several options when it comes to dropping a line. From piers and surfside to trolling on a charter boat, few things are better than casting a line on Topsail Island’s beautiful coastline. Anglers rave about the spring sea mullet and the Spanish mackerel, drum, flounder, cobia …

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While many of Topsail Island’s treasures are apparent as soon as you cross the bridge into Surf City, there are those that are tucked away from the mainland and hidden just out of sight. But for those who are willing to scratch the surface and look a little deeper, there is a wealth of educa…

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Forget Boardwalk and Park Place. Forget railroads. When it comes to playing a board game the Topsail way, these well-known spaces are better replaced by the swing bridge, the Missiles and More Museum and the turtle hospital.

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It’s a big month for Richard Neal. A television production crew from Home & Garden Television is on the way. NBC World News isn’t far behind and the folks from CNN Money are expected in the weeks ahead. But Neal has a lot to show off.