Attractions in Leland, NC

Leland, NC Attractions

Attractions in the Leland, NC area include a number of challenging golf courses. Because Leland is inland, you will need to travel a short distance to Wrightsville Beach, NC, Oak Island, NC or Holden Beach, NC for your beach experience, however, the Brunswick River and the Cape Fear River offer options for boating and fishing.

In addition to the many other nearby golf courses, you will find three in the Leland, NC area. Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest is the newest course and is open to the public. It was designed by Tim Cate and has already won a number of awards. In playing this course you will enjoy its many bridges, three waterfalls, beach bunkers and a variety of native grasses and wildflowers. You will find Magnolia Greens Golf Course in Leland, NC. It is a public course with 27 holes which was designed by Tom Jackson and has hosted several PGA Tour qualifying events. Instruction in playing golf is available her as well. Carolina National Golf Club at Winding River Plantation is located in nearby Bolivia, NC. A Fred Couples facility, it has 27 holes in three nines. You can warm up at the putting and chipping green as well as the driving range.

If you are interested in historic places and enjoy exploring ruins, you will appreciate the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site in Winnabow, NC. It is the site of the he first successful permanent European settlement between Charleston, SC and New Bern, NC. You can explore the site by following the paved ADA walkway which allows you a full-circle, handicapped accessible trail. You can also stop at the visitors’ center where you will find a research library, an exhibit hall, a 14-minute video presentation that you can view, and a gift shop. St. Philip's Parish is situated in the Old Brunswicktown State Historic Site. You can explore the rectangular shell with 3 foot thick, 24 foot high walls as well as some Colonial-era graves nearby. Services are sometimes held within the ruins and encampments, re-enactments and other events such as An 18th Century Christmas and Fort Anderson Civil War Living History are regularly held at the site.

You will find a number of parks in the area as well. At Brunswick Nature Park in Town Creek, NC you can hike or bike the more than 900 acres. You can take your kayak or canoe and enjoy the day plying its waters. Another large park you will enjoy is Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve which is administered by UNCW. You can explore its 10 miles of hiking trails, wander the banks of Town Creek, enjoy educational displays and find the old tar kiln on the property. Sturgeon/Mill Creek Water Access Park in Leland, NC is the town's first water access site and is made up of more than 28 acres of wetlands and uplands. This park is another great place to put your kayak or canoe in the water and enjoy the scenery as you paddle. More parks and plans for expansion as well as new amenities are in the works.

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Battleship NORTH CAROLINA Leland Attractions
1 Battleship Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28401
(910) 399-9100

Without question, the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is the centerpiece of the Wilmington Riverfront. A majestic symbol of this country's hard-earned naval victories in World War II, the battleship is a must-see attraction.

Enshrined in a berth on Eagles Island across the Cape Fear River from historic downtown Wilmington, this awesome vessel is...more about Battleship NORTH CAROLINA

Cape Fear Riverboats
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Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site
8884 St. Philips Road
Winnabow, NC 28479
(910) 371-6613

December 12 - 13, 2020 4-7 PM  Due to covid restrictions, this event will be a little different this year. Visitors will have a chance to experience an authentic candlelit service in the ruins of the St Philips Church. The church has been beautifully decorated for Christmas, including candlelight and greenery. The service...more about An 18th Century Christmas

8884 St. Philips Rd. SE
off N.C. Hwy. 133
Winnabow, NC 28479
(910) 371-6613

At this site stood the first successful, permanent European settlement between Charleston and New Bern. It was founded in 1726, by Roger and Maurice Moore, who recognized an unprecedented real estate opportunity in the wake of the Tuscarora War, 1711-13. The site served as port and political center. Russelborough, home of...more about Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site

Old Brunswicktown State Historic Site
8884 St. Philip's Rd. SE
Winnabow, NC 28479
(910) 371-6613

After St. James Anglican Church left Brunswick Town in favor of the rival port of Wilmington, the Anglican parish of St. Philip formed in 1741. In 1754 it began building a brick church at Brunswick, the seat of royal government in the colony. After struggling with finances and a destructive hurricane,...more about St. Philip's Parish

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