About the Area
Kure Beach is a little bit further down the beach, at the southern tip of Pleasure Island. There's always plenty to do around here - you can cast a line from the 700-foot long fishing pier, or explore nearby Fort Fisher, the last stronghold of the Confederacy. Gaze in awe at the 200,000+ gallon saltwater tank at the amazing aquarium, or hike along the six mile stretch of undeveloped beach in the state park. Shop for the latest beachwear and check out what's in style at the surf shops. Even hop a ferry for a breathtaking view on a trip to the mainland.
There's plenty of everything to do under the sun or nothing at all!
Fort Fisher, at the southern expanse of Pleasure Island just beyond Kure Beach, allows you to step back in time with a trip to the Fort Fisher Civil War Museum and then discover the surprising world of the sea at the North Carolina Aquarium, all in one day. You'll also find the Fort Fisher State Recreation Site here, with six miles of undeveloped beach at your disposal.
Neighboring Carolina Beach
Carolina Beach is located nearby on the island. For many visitors, this timeless beach town offers an authentic North Carolina beach experience from the past with a fun, family-friendly spin for today. Carolina Beach is home to a scenic boardwalk, a state park, miles of pristine beach and one-of-a-kind events.
It's all here in Carolina Beach: the fishing pier with kids and old-timers both angling for the next big one; the Boardwalk - perfect for strolls and ice cream cones, the renovated hi-tech arcade -- as challenging and addictive as ever. The Lake with gazebo, paddleboats and walking trail, and 18 holes of miniature golf all near the clean, uncrowded beach by the warm ocean waters.
In addition to its nostalgic charm, Carolina Beach boasts an active charter boat basin that is home to offshore fishing excursions and nightly party cruises, fine locally-owned restaurants and shopping for everything from sunglasses to surfboards to souvenirs. Discover nearby Carolina Beach State Park where you can not only hike/bike miles of trails full of coastal vegetation (think Venus Flytrap!), but also enjoy a Marina where you can rent canoes/kayaks/jetskis.