Beaches

beaches

One can enjoy fishing, surfing, paddleboarding, sunbathing or taking a walk on the beach at nearby Carolina or Kure Beaches. Beach lovers can play all year long, thanks to a mild climate.

Carolina Beach

North End of Pleasure Island

Smalltown living in a beach atmosphere with convenience to downtown Wilmington. Carolina Beach is as charming as the beach towns of yesterday, with modest cottages and upscale beach front homes, condominiums, and beachfront motels. Carolina Beach has many amenities to enjoy, including a boardwalk, lake, fishing pier, state park, marinas, and more. Carolina Beach is a small quaint community of about 5,000 year round residents, and is located only 20 minutes south of historic downtown Wilmington.

Kure Beach

South End of Pleasure Island

Kure Beach is mostly residential with a mix of modest beach cottages, large homes, a number of beach motels and condominiums. At the center of town is a historic fishing pier, and a downtown district with restaurants, arcade, boardwalk, and a beachfront park.

Fort Fisher

South End of Kure Beach

Ft Fisher is home to a State Historic Site and State Recreation Area. The Recreation Area has about 4 miles of wide beach, and a bathhouse with restrooms. The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is North Carolina’s largest aquarium.

Boating & Marinas

Boat and water lovers have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water with the Cape Fear River, and along the coast line of the Atlantic Ocean. With a variety of board and slip rentals, from power boats to leisurely sail boats, Carolina Beach will satisfy any boat-lover, and provide opportunities for boating and boating-related activities.

Activities

Carolina Beach Boardwalk

boardwalk2Carolina Beach Ave. S. & Harper Ave.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

A stroll on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk features classic seaside family fun with shops, restaurants and nightlife entertainment. During the summer months enjoy weekly fireworks shows, rides at the seaside amusement park, and the concert series. Annual offseason events that include boardwalk activities are Christmas by the Sea and the Island of Lights Festival. One of the last remaining beach boardwalks on the East Coast, you can get your fill of famous homemade donuts, ice cream, and fudge, play in the arcade, see the ocean from the ferris wheel, or dance the night away to live music.

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier

fishing-pier1810 Canal Drive
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Local: 910.458.5518

One of the few piers left on Pleasure Island where a person can relax with friends and catch the many different species of fish that Carolina Beach has to offer. It is a full service pier with a small restaurant as well as a tackle shop with a variety of tackle and baits available to their customers. Family owned and operated with a home town feeling. Call for hours and charges.

Carolina Beach Lake Park

lakeLake Park Blvd & Atlantic Ave
Carolina Beach, NC, 28428

Carolina Beach Lake was once noted in the Guiness Book of World Records as being the freshwater lake closest to salt water. This 11-acre lake offers 4 gazebos, restrooms, sheltered picnic area, an amphitheater and playground equipment. Paddleboats operate daily during the summer and weekends/holidays during the shoulder seasons. For paddleboat rentals call (910) 617-9792.

Carolina Beach State park

state-park1010 State Park Rd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Local: 910.458.8206
Visit: www.ncparks.gov

Enjoy the 761 acres of natural beauty at the Carolina Beach State Park on Pleasure Island. For your convenience the park has a marina providing access to some of North Carolina’s best fishing spots. It also has a secluded camping area beneath towering trees and six miles of hiking trails that traverse a variety of distinct habitats so you can enjoy the true natural environment of the area. Other amenities include a marina, picnic area, and a visitor’s center featuring natural history exhibits.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

1610 Fort Fisher Blvd South
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Local: 910.458.5538
Visit: www.nchistoricsites.org/fisher

Fort Fisher was a Confederate fort during the American Civil War. It protected the vital trading routes of the port at Wilmington, North Carolina, from 1861 until its capture by the Union in 1865. The fort was located on one of Cape Fear River’s two outlets to the Atlantic Ocean on what was then known as Federal Point and today is known as Pleasure Island.

Freeman Park Recreation Area

North end of Canal Drive
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

At the north end of Carolina Beach, visitors have long enjoyed the beach area now known as Freeman Park. Whether coming to the area to fish, swim, go boating, crabbing or casting for minnows, people love Freeman Park. Approximately one mile north on Canal Drive. Camping and 4-wheel drive access allowed with proper permits.

Kure Beach Ocean Front Park & Pavilion

105 Atlantic Ave
Kure Beach, NC 28449

Ocean Front Park is Kure Beach’s largest public green space. The Ocean Front Park is located in the heart of the downtown area near the iconic Kure Beach Fishing Pier. This wonderful addition to Kure Beach includes an open-air pavilion with a stage for concerts, weddings and events, public restrooms, a walking path, a play area for children, swings and rain gardens – all along the oceanfront!

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

aquarium900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Local: 910.458.8257
Visit: www.ncaquariums/com/fort-fisher

The focus of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, in Kure Beach, is to educate visitors about the waters of the Cape Fear region. The aquarium was recently named among the best aquariums in the United States by the Travel Channel and is one of the top ten attractions in North Carolina. Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher discover more than they imagine. Stunning exhibits showcase a variety of aquatic environments and wildlife. Take a journey down the Cape Fear River to the coastal waters. Begin an aquarium adventure along winding garden walkways experiencing waterfalls, bays and swamps. Explore marine environments from salt marshes and tidal pools to a two-story open ocean exhibit featuring sharks, rays and eels. Meet Luna, a rare albino alligator. Expect close encounters with wildlife along the way!

Southport – Fort Fisher Ferry

ferry2422 S. Fort Fisher Blvd.
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Local: 910.458.8257
Visit: www.ncdot.gov/ferry/

Traveling through Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher on Pleasure Island leads you to the Southport Fort Fisher ferry leaving from the tip of Fort Fisher at the mouth of the Cape Fear River and arriving in the historic town of Southport. The ride is enjoyable with unique and beautiful views along the Cape Fear River, perfect for a scenic cruise and for a day trip to Southport and back again.