What’s New?

If you've visited Kure Beach and are interested in what’s new in North Carolina’s Small Wonder, read about recent updates and additions here.


Fort Fisher State Historic Site
A new exhibit 
for the visitor center and more interpretive waysides are now underway at the Fort Fisher State Historic Site. These additions are intended to better tell the story of Fort Fisher, the site of the largest amphibious battle of the Civil War. The 32-pounder “Rifled & Banded” cannon in Shepherd’s Battery – a restored gun emplacement – was also completely refurbished.

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher will welcome the world famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids for two magical weekends on March 3-5 and 10-12. The live mermaids will swim with sharks, gliding stingrays and a green sea turtle in multiple daily underwater shows included with Aquarium admission. The mermaids will also be on hand to meet and greet visitors.

Fins and feathers will once again flock together when Lorikeet Landing, an interactive, live-animal exhibit featuring tropical birds, returns to the Aquarium this summer. Visitors will delight in admiring and feeding the small, tropical birds.



Kure Beach was 
recently ranked as one of the 11 Beaches in the World Where History Was Made by USA TODAY for the Battle of Fort Fisher's impact on the Civil War.

Kure Beach is also among Tripping.com's list of
10 Best Beaches in North Carolina.