Sure, we don’t get all the fall colors that some other North Carolina cities do. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of fall fun in Leland and North Brunswick County. In fact, October and November are some of our favorite times to enjoy this area.
Ed. Note: Thunder Alley closed after the publication of this article.
Here are 10 great fall activities to enjoy in Leland and North Brunswick County:
- Kayak the Brunswick River and local tributaries. Fall is a fabulous time to paddle the area. The sun isn’t as blazing and gentle breezes cool the skin. With plenty of places to rent kayaks of all sizes, this makes for a great family activity. Eagle Island has marked paths for paddlers and on the other side of town the Brunswick Nature Park has easy access. Get a full list of water access sites from the Town of Leland.
- Fish at the Brunswick Riverwalk. The new Brunswick Riverwalk is a fisherman’s (and fisherwoman’s) paradise. Apply for your fishing license (required) at the NC Wildlife website.
- Golf! Leland is considered a hub for golfers in the area. And, again, with cooler fall temperatures, walking the greens can be invigorating. With Magnolia Greens, Compass Pointe, and Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest all within a 10 mile radius, you could golf all day…and more.
- Take a class at the LCAC. If fall fuels your creativity and inspires you, the gorgeous Leland Cultural Arts Center has you covered. From ceramics to ballet to painting to theater, their classes aren’t just for the kids! Allow yourself to unleash your inner artist this fall at LCAC. Also, check out their great events, such as musical entertainment and art shows.
- Visit the Library. The Leland Library was built in 1994 and renovated in 2011. While it may seem small at first glance, don’t be fooled: it is updated and mighty! There are many books on the shelves and computers for use while the library staff is friendly and helpful. (If they don’t have a book in, they can usually get it from a sister library within a couple of days.) Throughout the fall, the library hosts events such as Children’s Storytime, Master Gardner classes, S.T.E.M. experiments and more.
- Go bowling. Thunder Alley Bowling in Leland isn’t bowling the way you remember it from the ’70s. With 14 lanes, Cosmic Bowl Friday nights, pool tables, TVs showing NFL games, hand-pressed pizzas and craft beers on tap, this is an updated experience. Leagues form in the fall, too, so embrace your inner Lebowsky and sign up!
- Hike Ev-Henwood. A hidden gem in Leland is the UNCW Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve. There are 175-acres to explore with two self-guided learning trails. Many of the trails are historic as well, such as the Beechnut Trail, which was part of an old wagon road which followed along Town Creek and is believed to pre-date the Civil War. Pick up trail maps at the park. (No dogs allowed.)
- Bike in the Brunswick Nature Park. The Nature Park has over 911-acres for a person to conquer. While it offers wonderful hiking and that easy access kayak/canoe ramp mentioned above, there are also some biking trails. Cape Fear SORBA takes good care of these trails and the beginner tracks are a great place to start. (Don’t forget to take along your geocaching equipment!)
- Take in a sports game. While Leland might not be host to any professional sports arenas, that doesn’t mean we are short on talent! Enjoy a high school football game under the Friday night lights (or any other night) and keep an eye on the games at Brunswick Community College.
- Get creative at Wine & Design. Shy about signing up for one of those LCAC classes? Start at the incredibly fun and social Wine & Design! Sip your favorite beverage while a teacher guides you creating your own masterpiece. It is a low-pressure, extremely entertaining time for anyone (talent not required). Look at their calendar to pick the painting you want to create as well as updates on their special events. They offer a kids’ studio, as well.
Of course, special events and festivals are always happening so bookmark our calendar of upcoming events in North Brunswick County to be sure you don’t miss anything.
If you are interested in going further afield, check out our article on fall farms and activities close to the Cape Fear region.
Do you have a favorite thing to do around town during the fall? Tag us on Instagram, @northbrunswickmagazine – we’d love to share your favorites!
Enjoy the fall!