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At North Carolina's Small Wonder
Trade the stress of everyday life for the laid-back atmosphere of Kure Beach, North Carolina’s small wonder. Located at the southern tip of Pleasure Island, Kure Beach is filled with a lot of what you're hoping to find on a vacation or getaway: beautiful, natural surroundings with vistas of the ocean and the river; an aquarium and ocean front park; and the kind of local character that seems to have all but disappeared from coastal towns.
This year, enjoy a holiday season that’s a little less hectic at Kure Beach. Catch a glimpse of a diving Santa under the sea at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Visit the Fort Fisher State Historic Site, a national historic Civil War landmark, to enjoy seasonal refreshments, holiday decorations and live music. Celebrate Christmas by the Sea and view the Carolina Beach Boardwalk's oceanfront coves decorated with lights. See the island decorated with festive fish and dancing dolphins at the month-long Island of Lights Festival, complete with a lighted boat flotilla and spectacular New Year’s Eve beach ball drop in nearby Carolina Beach.
Come face to face with live alligator feedings and hands-on exploration of bonnet sharks to live diving exhibits and up-close-and-personal encounters with sea turtles at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, named one of the best aquariums in the U.S. by the Travel Channel. Peek into the past under the towering, wind-swept live oak trees that surround the Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Museum. Explore the grounds of the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War and commemorate the upcoming 150th Anniversary of the Civil War in North Carolina with the reenactment of the fall of Fort Fisher.
Turn off the gadgets and enjoy the views from the seaside benches and playground at the new Ocean Front Park. Reel in the catch of the day along the 712-foot Kure Beach Fishing Pier, one of the oldest on the Atlantic Coast. Hop on the ferry and take in the natural beauty of the area or test your skills on the area’s only disc golf course.
Or do nothing at all as Kure Beach provides a relaxed haven for you and your family. Stay in a mom-and-pop motel, condo or quaint cottage rental, and dine at one of our locally owned restaurants serving the fresh catch of the day - all of your lodging and dining options are just a short walk, drive or bike ride from any part of town.
Experience North Carolina’s family-friendly seaside retreat. Take a break from your deadlines and schedule and see why life’s a little less hectic here at Kure Beach.