There are three towns on Topsail Island. North Topsail Beach is in the far north, Surf City is the largest town and is located midway down the island and Topsail Beach lies to the south.
Outdoor activities abound on Topsail Island. Go fishing on the beaches and rivers and look for wildlife on nature walks, including dolphins and many species of birds.
The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Beach is the only one of its kind in North Carolina. The Missiles and More Museum tells about the role that Topsail Island played in World War II.
The New York Corner Deli in Surf City is a casual spot for breakfast or lunch. Indigo Marsh, also in Surf City, is a waterfront restaurant that was the runner-up in the 2009 Best Dish in North Carolina contest.
There are a number of rental homes and small motels on Topsail Beach, including the Jolly Roger Inn. Surf City's Island Inn is conveniently close to shopping and attractions.
The Surf City swing bridge can cause traffic delays during the summer. The Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce suggests crossing onto Topsail Island via the high-rise bridge in Sneads Ferry.
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