Plan The Ultimate Family Summer Vacation at Fripp Island Resort

Mother and children searching for shells on the beachYour summer trip to Fripp Island really starts as soon as you cross over the Beaufort Woods Memorial Bridge and start your scenic drive out to the resort. An experience in it of itself, you’ll pass century-old oaks, seafood stands, historical sites, shrimp boats, and expansive marshland with creeks that sparkle in the late afternoon light. These sites paired with tons of fun things to do, see and explore make Fripp Island the perfect family vacation destination!

You can browse the long list of beachside getaways up and down the Carolina coast and find numerous great resorts but none like Fripp! Time spent on Fripp Island is something else entirely when it comes to a summer vacation with the family.

So, what makes or sets Fripp Island Golf & Beach Resort apart from the rest?

Below we’ll take you through a typical summer week staying at Fripp Island Resort and show why you should choose us!


Top Reason to Stay With Us: We have the Best Vacation Rentals on the Island!

We have vacation rentals that will fit everyone’s taste, desires, needs, or budget. Whether you need a two-bedroom or need room for 20, we’ll help you find the perfect property!

Looking for a rental with a golf cart included? We have those too and many prefer a golf cart as the best way to see and do things on Fripp Island. Most of our properties come with one, but you can reserve one through Excursions too!

Golf carts are a great way to take full advantage of your time here. Easy to hop on and off you can start exploring right away and those that do are met with a buzz of golf cart activity especially in the summer months as this is the main mode of transportation on the island!

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A Typical Summer Vacation with Kids on Fripp Island

There is so much to do, see and explore on your next vacation it can be overwhelming. To make sure you hit all the highlights, use our guide below to help you plan your week at the beach and Fripp Island Resort!

Explore Sand & Sea

During your stay, you’ll want to do a few different things on and around the island and if you want to spend a few days exploring the nearby beaches and islands you’ll want to head down to Excursions and rent a skiff for a few days. The creeks and islands around Fripp are, for the most part, uninhabited with many being either a park or preserve. A new and exciting one is St. Phillips just two islands south of Fripp and previously owned by Ted Turner. It is now a state park operated through Hunting Island State Park (right next door to Fripp).

If being your own captain doesn’t sound appealing, then take a tour on the Fripper II or choose from a guide or fishing captain if that’s more your speed.

You’ll want to dedicate at least one day to being lazy and sitting on the beach. Park at the Beach Club, then use the boardwalk to head to the beach. Stop by the Sandbar at the adult pool where you can grab a drink and have a Beach Hut attendant set up chairs and umbrellas for you on the beach so you can avoid lugging all your stuff out there.

You’ll like this spot because after a day of lazy lounging on the beach you can wash off and take a refreshing dip in the adult or Olympic size pool on your way back to the golf cart. Plus you have the added benefit of being able to leave your chairs and umbrella for the beach attendants to pick up!

Indulgent Dining

We’d definitely suggest spending at least one night over at The Bonito Boathouse grabbing dinner and a drink.  The Bonito Boathouse is unique in that it is one of the few places where the restaurant is over the water.  This combined with the views from the first and second floor make this a great dining experience on Fripp.

Enjoy ordering a drink while awaiting your meal and gazing out at the vast expanse of green marshland and shimmering blue creeks as the sun begins to set on them. It is worth having dinner here just to take in the views and have an unmatched dining experience.

Recreation Center

bird flying over waterWhen it comes to family fun on Fripp you’ll want to take a trip over to the Fripp Island Activity Center to see our wonderful Nature Center.  With a variety of snakes, lizards, turtles, and even alligators it is sure to wow kids and parents alike!

The staff at the Activity Center are knowledgeable and can take you on a guided nature tour around the island. Or join the Recreation team for arts and crafts daily to make something special to take home with you!

On-Site Tennis & Golf

teeing off at Ocean Point Golf CourseIf you’re looking to get your blood pumping this summer, then a trip over to our Racquet Club for a lesson with our tennis pro might be the answer. If you’re already a pro sign up for pickleball, a round-robin, stroke of the day, or grab some friends and take to the court at your own speed.

For those looking for a sport at a different speed, then perhaps golf is the answer. Our Ocean Point Course is a favorite for views and you can grab an excellent lunch from Ocean Point Grille. The Ocean Creek Course is on the opposite end of the island and was designed by Davis Love III.

Some say this is a favorite, but it is up to you to decide which course you like the best. Between the two courses and our excellent staff of golf professionals, you are sure to have a good time.

Guaranteed Family Summer Vacation Sun!

All in all, it’s about family time when it comes to summer on Fripp Island! We hear stories all the time about guests who have been coming for generations and these stories all start fairly the same, with them mentioning a grandparent, parent or close family friend that they came with when they were a kid and ever since then they’ve been coming back!

Some have been coming now as a family for fifty years and counting and that is something to be proud of! Eventually, in the not so distant future, we will have families from all over that have been coming for sixty, seventy, even eighty years, and that is an indicator that Fripp has something special that not all vacation destinations possess!

So what are you waiting for start planning your Fripp Island Resort vacation today!

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