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13 Fun Things to do in Carolina Beach with Kids

Carolina Beach and nearby Kure Beach offer a relaxed, family-friendly vibe. Both Carolina Beach and Kure Beach deliver a classic beach town experience, with lovely stretches of sand and fishing piers. Read more»

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10 Terrific U.S. Beach Festivals to Check Out This Season

One of the longest running – since 1985 – beach music festivals in the United States is held the first Saturday in June on Carolina Beach at the north end of Pleasure Island. The Carolina Beach Music Festival touts itself as "the biggest and only beach music festival actually held on the beach on the North Carolina coast". Read more» 

Keeping it Green at Carolina Beach

Discover Carolina Beach, NC with eco-friendly adventures. Explore the outdoors at Carolina Beach State Park, go kayaking, walk the trails, visit nearby Fort Fisher, the Fort Fisher Aquarium and more.  Read more» 

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Why this Coastal State Park Will "Trap" You In

One of the best spots on the Eastern seaboard to see nature’s creativity in action is Carolina Beach State Park, where Venus flytraps and several other carnivorous plants have evolved in response to a unique habitat found only along the coast in southeast North Carolina and nearby parts of South Carolina. Read more» 

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Put Carolina Beach on Your Trail Running Bucket List 

Aside from a nationally-recognized seaside Boardwalk and one-of-a-kind events, Carolina Beach offers seven miles of trails with a view at Carolina Beach State Park and protected shoreline trails at the nearby Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Read more» 

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Carolina Beach Tasting History Tour Itinerary

You can almost taste the award-winning chowder, farm-to-table appetizers, innovative cocktails and much more as you read about what to expect on an epicurean adventure peppered with local history with Carolina Beach Tasting History Tours. Read more» 

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Travel Guide to Carolina Beach, North Carolina

Carolina Beach is the perfect getaway destination for a romantic weekend, girlfriend’s getaway or family vacation with oceanfront lodging options, island dining, and outdoor adventures. Read more» 

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Last Summer Sun

Sandy hiking trails, a year-round surf school, island eats and sunny skies with low humidity are just a few reasons to travel to Carolina Beach in the fall, where there’s no shortage of natural beauty and vintage charm year-round. Read more»

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22 Fun Things to Do with Kids in Carolina Beach

Looking for things to do with kids in Carolina Beach? Here’s a list of my family’s favorite Carolina Beach activities! Read more»

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The Fat Pelican Named one of The Best Beach Bars in America

Cool off at The Fat Pelican in Carolina Beach, featured as one of the best beach bars in America, where you can sip on the sand at "Pelican Beach" and choose from over 350 brews in the walk-in cooler. Read more»

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8 Fantastic Outdoor Adventures in Carolina Beach, NC

We are a family that craves the outdoors; we make time for it on every vacation. Fortunately, Carolina Beach has plenty of options for us to choose from. Read more»

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Hiking the Venus Flytrap Trail

You've probably heard of them, but they are rarer than you'd think, and there are four more species of insect-eating plants in Carolina Beach State Park. Read more»

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Grab Your Friends and Family for a Reunion in Carolina Beach, NC

It might not look like it, but there is big fun in Carolina Beach — and it’s time for you, your friends and your family to find out what makes this the beach for you to visit. Read more»

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Travel with Your Tribe to Carolina Beach

Family reunions are a breeze in this coastal town. Carolina Beach has more things to do than my family can accomplish in a month, much less a week, and that's why we keep coming back every spring.  Read more»

Iconic Carolina Beach Boardwalk Remains a Top Tourist Attraction

The iconic Carolina Beach Boardwalk, although changed through the years, is a popular stop among visitors with seaside rides, entertainment and more. Read more»

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Carolina Beach Among Top 12 Anchorage Spots

While cruising along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Carolina Beach in North Carolina is the perfect anchorage with an attractive little beach town and quick access to the Cape Fear River. Read more»

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Carolina Beach State Park Named As One of Five State Parks That Should Go National

This year, as travelers from around the world celebrate the 100th birthday of our country’s national park system, let’s take time to visit five of the best state parks that could be, or should be, national parks. Read more»

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'Keep it Real' With a Coastal Getaway to Carolina Beach

Find a few recommendations perfect for the millennial traveler, whether a couple traveling without children or with groups of friends. Anyone with a youthful spirit will find that Carolina Beach provides a quick, fun-filled and authentic coastal getaway.Read more»

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Carolina Beach: A Winter Hidden Gem

Whether you’re embracing this winter with a ski trip or escaping the chilly temps with a warm-weather retreat, chances are you’d like to save some money. TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals has rounded up 10 super affordable US getaways this winter for staying in a rental, many of which are worthy of the “hidden gem” moniker due to their great attractions and recreation yet relative anonymity and Carolina Beach made the list! Read more»

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Veggie Wagon Takes Its Hot Cocoa Bar Seriously

'Tis the season for cozying up with some hot cocoa in Carolina Beach. The Veggie Wagon, known for its array of local and homemade goods, opened a hot chocolate bar for the second year in a row at its location on Lake Park Boulevard. Read more»

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History of Wilmington Beer- Good Hops Brewery

In 2012 Rich and Patricia Jones helped their son John Garcia, open Black Mountain’s Lookout Brewing. In 2013 they returned to their retirement home of Carolina Beach and spent the next six months opening Good Hops Brewing. With a craft beer boom in full swing the Jones’ felt the focus was on the I.P.A. style. So they decided to focus on less hoppy styles like their flagship brew Donna Golden Ale. Read more»

Time Travel: The Carolina Coast Then and Now

Several present-day attractions offer visitors a nod to the past at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. This coastal community is ideal for groups like multi-generational travelers – meaning you, the kids, your parents and your beloved grandparents – there’s plenty to please everyone! Read more»

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Carolina’s Beach

While they still dance the Shag at Carolina Beach, there is plenty to attract the attention of those who may have left their loafers at home. From what may well be the world’s best doughnut to a strong contender for the Old North State’s most unique bar, Carolina Beach can provide a wonderful and quirky day just steps from the shore. Read more»

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5 Farm-to-Table Restaurants to Visit This Fall

Autumn’s harvest brings with it flavorful, fresh offerings at farm-to-table restaurants across the state. Here are our five recommendations for the season, and make sure to check out our past recommendations for summer, spring, and winter. Read more»

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Carolina Beach Day Trip Guide

The ocean isn't the only draw at Carolina Beach, where the boardwalk will remind you of simpler times and childhood summers. Revisit your youth with our fun-filled guide Read more»

Road Trip: Carolina Beach is Calling

For over 100 years, Carolina Beach has drawn families, surfers and outdoor enthusiasts to its shore. Check out trip ideas at Carolina Beach. Read more»

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Around Carolina: Carolina Beach Boardwalk

The historic boardwalk at Carolina Beach got a makeover this summer, making it one of the “newest” old boardwalks around. The first Carolina Beach boardwalk appeared in the 1800s and has picked up plenty of fans since. Read more»

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Carolina (Beach) on My Mind

At four hours away from Richmond, Carolina Beach is just close enough for a quick weekend escape. Load up some tunes, and head down the highway. Just south of Wilmington, North Carolina, in the Cape Fear region, Carolina Beach is an odd blend of old school boardwalk and beach town. Read more»

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Carolina Beach Where “Kid Friendly” Comes Standard

When it comes to the East Coast, Carolina Beach is one of those magical places where kids can be kids without overwhelming crowds and commercialism. Read more»

FREE Carolina Beach and Kure Beach summer activities

If you are heading to the beach this summer, check out this list of frugal and free activities at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach! Read more»

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Among the Venus Flytraps at Carolina Beach State Park

Within 75 miles of Wilmington, you’ll find all of the native Venus flytraps in the world. Read more»

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Riding Your First Wave with the Tony Silvagni Surf School

Pure joy, a smidge of terror and a whole lot of laughter and smiles—that is how you sum up your son's first surf lesson with legendary board man Tony Silvagni. I have never seen a surfer get as excited about teaching a five-year-old as Tony. Read more» logo
Guide to Eating and Drinking Your Way Through Carolina Beach

Hitting the beach and enjoying the sun are obviously on the agenda while visiting Carolina Beach, but there’s so much more to do. Visitors to family-friendly Carolina Beach can enjoy classic, Southern hospitality and regional cuisine at any one of the area's notable restaurants. Read more»

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UNC-TV Carolina Beach Boardwalk

This week's show takes us to Asheville to explore the Asheville Pinball Museum, we take a stroll on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, take a swing at Knight's Play Golf in Apex, visit Rumbling Bald Resort at Lake James, and Bob Garner visits award-winning Bridges BBQ Lodge in Shelby. Read more»

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It’s National Donut Day: Would you eat these doughnuts?

Britt's Donuts in Carolina Beach ranked 18th in Foursquare's list of Top 20 Donut Shops in America! Read more»

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Cruising Down the ICW - Fall of 2015 to Titusville, Florida

Carolina Beach State Park Marina is one of the best-kept secrets along the Intracoastal Waterway. Read more»

Restaurants vie for title of Carolina Beach’s best seafood chowder

Seven Carolina Beach restaurants competed Saturday in the 19th Annual Chowder Cook-off. The Wilmington Trolley transported patrons from various Carolina Beach parking lots to North Lake Park Boulevard where they tasted each vendor's chowder and then voted for their favorite. Read more»

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Visit Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach celebrated the Grand Opening of its newly renovated boardwalk on March 31. The milestone signals the beginning of exciting things to come for the boardwalk, including the opening of new businesses, a renovated arcade, and additional accommodations. Boardwalk renovations began in 2014, following $1.6 million in grants awarded to the town, with the first phase completed this week. Read more»

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Friday Postcards From The Sunrise on Carolina Beach, North Carolina

If you are heading out to Carolina Beach be sure to get your camera ready for some amazing snapshots. And on those extra special days, those early to rise will see an amazing Atlantic sunrise! Read more»

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Veritable “Little Shop of Horrors” on the Cape Fear

Though it is known and cultivated throughout the world, the Venus Flytrap is native only to a small area of the Coastal Plain in North and South Carolina, mostly within a 75-mile radius of Wilmington. Read more»

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Boardwalk Facelift for Carolina Beach

This seaside community on Pleasure Island, just south of Wilmington is just about done sprucing up for the 2015 tourist season. The popular family-friendly beach has retooled/replaced its boardwalk area, which has been profiled in newspapers, cable TV and magazine and has even made Budget Traveler’s list of “Most Awesome Boardwalks."Read more»

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Groundhog Day Blues? 15 Reasons to Celebrate Six More Weeks of Winter in Carolina and Kure Beach

Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter today, which may have some lamenting, but there’s plenty to still embrace and celebrate this season. Below, please find a guide for 15 ways your readers can get their resolutions underway at North Carolina’s very own winter waterland – Carolina Beach and Kure Beach! Read more»

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Carolina Beach - A Vacation Spot Sure to Please the Hard-to-Please

By Helen Jackson We were quite the crew. Car top carrier strapped on top of the ’69 wood paneled station wagon, dad behind the wheel, mom “backseat driving” from the passenger seat and the three of us kids, each with a friend in tow, stuffed every which way in the middle and “way back” seats. The Beach Boys were blaring from the 8-track and our windows were rolled down—each of us anxious to feel the ocean breeze that meant we had arrived in Carolina… Read more»

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15 Ways to Start 2015 off Right at Carolina and Kure Beaches

Is the beach calling your name? The below zero temperatures have many people wanting to put their feet in the sand. Kick off the year by exploring the coastal destinations of Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, North Carolina where countless winter activities will leave you feeling refreshed and energized for the year ahead. Read more»

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Carolina Beach Fishing

Here's everything you need to know about your fishing options in Carolina Beach. Find a list of fishing charters, and read about shore and pier fishing around the area. Read more»

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No Shoes, No Kids, No Problem at Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach is great any time of year, but my wife and I truly love it in the fall—especially when it’s just the two of us. Renowned as an ideal family-friendly summer destination, come fall, Carolina Beach is a perfect getaway for couples without kids and empty-nesters, young professionals or just a couple of friends in search of some less-crowded time at the ocean. Carolina Beach in the fall means no shoes, no kids and no problem for people like us.Read more» logo
Carolina Beach and Kure Beach with Kids: Top Family Attractions

On the southern coast of North Carolina, Carolina Beach and nearby Kure Beach are less commercially developed than many other beach towns in the Southeast and offer a relaxed, family-friendly vibe. Read more»

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Something Special is Always Happening at Carolina Beach

The town of Carolina Beach always seems to have something on the agenda. Whether it’s on the bustling Carolina Beach Boardwalk, on the wide and family-friendly beach or elsewhere in town (from Carolina Beach State Park to Carolina Beach Fishing Center & Marina or the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier), a full lineup of events lures visitors and locals year-round. Read more»

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America’s 25 Best Donuts

There are few treats that are more delicious than a freshly fried donut. Read more»