North Carolina’s small wonder is packed with big adventures. From attending special events, discovering the island’s natural beauty, competing in exciting tournaments, or simply enjoying spectacular views by the sea, Kure Beach, N.C. is perfect for your next vacation destination. Head east this winter and spring for mild temperatures, off season lodging rates, signature events and miles of beautiful beach.
Live by the Land and Sea
Each year, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher installs a new, one-of-a-kind exhibit for visitors to enjoy. For the first time ever in 2016, visitors had the chance to view animatronic, life-size dinosaurs at the aquarium! While the dinosaurs have packed their bags and headed back to their prehistoric home, you can experience a day in the life of your favorite creatures during every season – the aquarium is open year-round.
Reel It In
Get your tackle box ready for a fishing frenzy! The late spring through the fall is packed with annual fishing competitions like the Pleasure Island Fall Surf Fishing Challenge, King Mackerel Tournament and Fall Memories Flounder Tournament. Fishing is a popular year-round pastime at Kure Beach, where you can cast a line off the Kure Beach Fishing Pier, fish from the surf or even reserve a fishing charter for an afternoon adventure.
Jump start your day with the sunrise or unwind with an unforgettable view of the sunset. Get outdoors while exploring Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Bike the trails, hike through the salt marsh, paddleboard down the coast or simply pack a picnic.
Fun in the Sun
Throughout 2016, visitors let loose during the Boogie in the Park Concert Series, featuring live music performances, then shopped local at the Kure Beach Open Air Market, filled with handcrafted goods. You can always count on a one-of-a-kind experience at the island’s legendary annual events such as the Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off and Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival.
Find your zen by practicing yoga on the beach, catch a wave while surfing, or embark on a kayak adventure at Zeke’s Island Reserve.
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