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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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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»
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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»
Travel Down the Wilmington Ale Trail
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»
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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»
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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
CAROLINA BEACH – 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 over-whelming crowds and commercialism. Read more»
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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»
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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»
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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 predicated 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 2015 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»
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Building a Better Boardwalk
The ocean isn’t the only draw at Carolina Beach, where a beloved seaside symbol with an 80-year history gets its moment in the sun. Read more»
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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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Summer’s Soundtrack
There’s no better backdrop for beach music than the ocean or a better stage than the Tiki Pier at Carolina Beach.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»
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America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks CNN
If your idea of summer perfection involves roller coasters, funnel cakes and Whac-A-Mole, we've got 19 perfect spots for the season's last hurrah. Read more»
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7 Classic Beach Boardwalks
Saltwater taffy, carnival rides, and old-school fun are back on the upswing in classic beach towns whose boardwalks can make you feel like you've stepped into a time machine. Read more»
 
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America’s Most Awesome Boardwalks
If your idea of summer perfection involves roller coasters, funnel cakes, and Whac-A-Mole, we’ve got 19 little pieces of honky-tonk heaven—just waiting for you to pay a visit. Read more»
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Best Boardwalks for Food Across the USA
The Drifters had it right when they sang "Under the boardwalk, down by the sea, on a blanket with my baby is where I'll be." Boardwalks are where it's at. Read more»
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Carolina Beach Boardwalk
This summer, revisit one of the coast’s forgotten treasures. Read more»