Families living in the Southport area will be pleased to learn that their children will receive quality education from the Brunswick County School District. This public school district includes nine elementary schools, five middle schools, and five high schools. Private schools such as Southport Christian School, L&L Montessori School, and Apostolic Christian Academy are also located within the area.
For high school graduates and adult learners ready to make the jump to continue their education at the collegiate level, there are several colleges, universities, trade and vocational schools nearby. The University of North Carolina-Wilmington is about 23 miles away from Southport and St. James Plantation; Cape Fear Community College, located in Wilmington, is a short half-hour drive away; and Horry-Georgetown Technical College, located in South Carolina, is roughly 60 miles away. Other universities include University of North Carolina-Pembroke and Fayetteville State University. Because Southport is located within close proximity to Wilmington, students can easily commute to school and work in the same area with ease.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Residents living in Southport, St. James, and St. James Plantation don't have to go very far for a good time, whether it's to venture out to any of the more than six beautiful beaches, Oak Island Beaches, or to enjoy the serene views of the Cape Fear River while swinging by Franklin Square Park in downtown Southport, or to partake in some water sports activities in the beautiful waters of North Carolina. There is no lack of exciting water sport activities to participate in the beautiful waters of North Carolina. Truly a picturesque waterfront community, the beautiful town of Southport has served as the backdrop to several Hollywood hits, such as television's Dawson's Creek, and the films I Know What You Did Last Summer; A Walk to Remember; Summer Catch, and the most recent film, The Secret Life of Bees.
If shopping is your favorite pastime, Howe and Moore Streets are areas that simply cannot be missed. Whether you're looking for an unusual boutique or a charming antiques shop, Howe and Moore Streets have it all. Southport Riverwalk also features some unique shops where you're bound to find some interesting treasures. If you run out of places to shop in Southport, Wilmington or Myrtle Beach are only 30 minutes away. For cultural and historical appreciation, residents of Southport, St. James and St. James Plantation can visit the museums of Southport, including the Southport Maritime Museum, Smith Island Museum of History, and the Southport Art Museum.
Southport has plenty of festivals and events planned throughout the year that brings the community together for food, fun and hearty fare. Southport is home of the Official North Carolina Fourth of July Celebration. One of the local festivals that residents look forward to is Southport Heritage Days, held in May. Heritage Days offers patrons a chance to celebrate the roots and heritage of Southport, and is usually held at the Southport Community Building on Bay Street. The Southport Spring is held in early April at Franklin Square Park and features arts and crafts, a delicious chili cook-off, and an assortment of entertainment. Other events that take precedence in Southport include the Southport-Oak Island Area Golf Classic, the U.S. Open Pier Fishing Tournament, the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament, the Brunswick County Summer Concerts, Children's Crab Derby, and the Christmas by the Sea Festival.
Parks & Recreation
Residents of Southport, St. James and St. James Plantation have the advantage of living in a community where recreational pastimes are literally right outside their doorstep. Because of the community's location between the Intercoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, residents can easily enjoy fishing, boating, crabbing, breathtaking North Carolina sunrises and sunsets, and a variety of water related sports throughout the year.
Golf plays a major role in the daily lives of those who are lucky enough to call St. James Plantation home. The town features four challenging courses that cater to both the novice and advanced player: The Founders Club (formerly The Gauntlet), designed by P.B. Dye and features a clubhouse; the Members Club, designed by Hale Irwin, includes a clubhouse, the Athletic Club fitness center, which has an indoor swimming pool, a fitness room and two Hydro Court (outdoor) tennis courts; the Tim Cate designed Players Club and the Cate Nine at the Members Club; and the newly opened 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Reserve Golf Course, located in The Reserve. In addition to the four golf courses, St. James Plantation includes a full service marina, private beach club on Oak Island, three new Hydro Court tennis courts, walking trails, a Waterway park, lake, nature trails, and an amphitheatre.
If you're looking to explore the local area parks near Southport, St. James and St. James Plantation, Carolina Beach State Park, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and Lake Waccamaw State Park are all located near Southport. Fishing, boating and camping are allowed at each of these parks, making them ideal for a day-long getaway.