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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.
Make a break to North Carolina’s small wonder this summer. Visit Ocean Front Park where you can stroll along the boardwalk and sway on seaside swings as the kids enjoy a playground complete with a pirate ship. On Sunday nights, visit the park and put on your dancing shoes for the Boogie in the Park concert series featuring 80’s music, classic rock and more.
See who can reel in the biggest catch at one of the oldest fishing piers on the East Coast, Kure Beach Fishing Pier, or round up the family for a game of disc golf at Joe Eakes Park. Hunt for seashells, keyhole urchins and more at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, or enjoy one of the many summer programs at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher including salt marsh canoeing lessons, surf fishing classes and more.
Enjoy fresh catches and delicious culinary creations at the beach’s locally-owned restaurants. Savory seafood awaits at island grills including Jack Mackerel’s and Big Daddy’s. Italian favorites and famous pork chops are sure to please at Freddie’s, a family-owned Italian bistro.
Book your summer vacation to Kure Beach, the small town wonder that is big on things to see and do.
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.