We've rounded up a few of summer's most colorful activities, events and can't miss experiences to help make your family's getaway to Carolina Beach the best yet. With so many things to see and do, don't just choose one! "Sunrise. Sun(fun). Sunset. Repeat."

  1. Spend the morning fishing, then enjoy a bite and the view from the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier.
  2. Give into your sweet tooth at Wake n' Bake or Celtic Creamery.
  3. Find all kinds of vintage fun on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, one of the last remaining boardwalks in the U.S.
  4. Experience shag dancing at one of the oldest beach music festivals, the Carolina Beach Music Festival on June 2.
  5. Kayak your way through an eco or river tour with PaddleNC.
  6. Learn history and eat great food with a walking and tasting tour of Carolina Beach with Tasting History.
  7. Indulge in superior seafood and cocktails at Surf House.
  8. Take surf lessons from Olympian and World Champion surfer Tony Silvagni at Tony Silvagni Surf School in Carolina Beach.
  9. Wait in line and eat a classic Britt’s Donut on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk.
  10. Come alive at night and enjoy live music at The Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar and Seawitch Café.
  11. Discover your new favorite brew from the 350+ selection of the Fat Pelican’s walk-in cooler.
  12. Spend an afternoon eating and soaking up the sun playing games like volleyball, cornhole and more at the Lazy Pirate.Enjoy tunes and see the night sky light up during Fireworks by the Sea, Boardwalk Blast on the Boardwalk every Thursday throughout the summer.
  13. Learn about the importance of saving sea turtles during Turtle Talks: Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project, every Wednesday at Carolina Beach State Park.
  14. Watch family-friendly movies during free Summer Movies at the Lake, every Sunday evening this summer.
  15. Stop by Good Hops Brewery for one of their unique activities like disc golf, beer and hymns, or yoga.
  16. Stop by the Veggie Wagon for fresh food and local goodies.
  17. Get squiggled at Squigleys with one (or more) of their 4,050 flavors of unique ice cream.
  18. Hike Sugarloaf Trail and discover the rare Venus flytrap at Carolina Beach State Park.
  19. Book a half-day, deep sea fishing charter for the whole family out of Carolina Beach Marina and then head to the beach for a few hours of sunshine.
  20. Rev up your four-wheel drive engine with a ride on the sand at Freeman Park. Note: vehicle permit is required.