Seasonal Things to Do at Carolina Beach
Include Good Times and Good Vibes

Kick off spring with a taste of Carolina Beach whether it be family activities or dining out with friends. Known for our love of a good time; craft cooking, live music, family-friendly events and outdoor adventure beckons coastal fun all season long. New restaurants and dining-fan-favorites complement a getaway filled with activity, offering a spring break featuring a fresh take on the classics. Enjoy the colorful scene of the vintage seaside boardwalk with family, and island tiki bars or beer gardens featuring pints and pups with friends. Hike Carolina Beach State Park to witness a Venus flytrap blooming in one of the only places it naturally exists on the planet. Kids will love the magic of lorikeets at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, then tackling the waves with a surf lesson. Embrace the Carolina Beach vibe as you hang out with your crew.


Spring It On

A Carolina Beach spring is the perfect time to witness carnivorous plants and the native Venus flytrap in bloom while taking in waterside views as you hike the trails throughout Carolina Beach State Park. Surf like a pro with lessons from Tony Silvagni Surf School or party on a pontoon with Carolina Beach Pontoon Rental. Catch a concert on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and beachside fireworks after when Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Blast kicks off May 24 with the funk and Motown sounds of the Carl Newton Review. Dance barefoot in the sand at the Carolina Beach Music Festival, June 1, where the sounds of beach music come with a side of ocean views. Have your first taste of summer fun at Freeman Park Recreation Area where you can cruise on the beach in your own four-wheel drive or rent a Jeep from SunFun Rentals that comes equipped with passes, ice, coolers and chairs on request. Looking for summer inspiration? View our top ideas for colorful summer fun.

Beyond the Beach

Parents will love these family trip ideas where kids play and explore and adults feel like kids again while on a Carolina Beach vacation. After a day of fun cuddle up with the whole family at Carolina Beach Lake Park for Free Movies at the Lake with the first showing, Rat Pack, on May 26. Take a walk on the wild side and fly high with the Lorikeet Landing Exhibit nearby on the island at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher running through Sept. 30. Watch colorful birds whisp around, land on your head and feed from your hand and after boogie down beside the ocean during Boogie in the Park featuring Silk Groove, June 2. Cruise around town on a surrey bike rental accommodating up to eight riders or learn while you exercise on a self-guided bike tour through Wheel Fun Rentals stopping off at Island historic landmarks. "Get Squiggled" at Squigley’s Ice Cream & Treats that makes over 4,000 flavors blended in with a variety of toppings. Paddle out and explore marshland and waterways on a kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard with Paddle NC or Pleasure Island Rentals.

Savor Local Flavors

From ales to fishtails, local flavors abound at Carolina Beach. Families love their first Britt's fix of nothing but the best glazed donuts with the shop open for the season, Friday-Sundays and seven days a week starting Memorial Day weekend. Start the morning at Wake N Bake Donuts with a Wake N Bacon Donut or dine at Kate's Pancake House with Very Berry or Sweet Potato Bliss pancakes. Take a beach break from the sun with pounds of shrimp and The Coconut Monk mixed drink at Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar. Foodies find their fix at the inventive Salt Fish Restaurant and Tiki Bar where shrimp and rice are served in a pineapple accompanied by rummy yummy cocktails, or at Surf House Oyster Bar & Surf Camp with local shrimp n' grits or hanger steak. Keep it classic with a steak dinner and craft-your-own salad at the new Lake Park Steakhouse, or enjoy beachin' BBQ at Carolina Smokehouse where live music comes with a side of ocean views from the "topside" rooftop bar. Keep the party going with craft concoctions like a Flip Hop IPA or Boardwalk Brown Ale in the beer garden at Good Hops Brewing. Vibrant nightlife unlocks the freedom to be yourself at eclectic dive bars like The Fat Pelican, let the kids join in on the fun with beach volleyball and cornhole at The Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill, or dance the night away to live music at SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar.

Book an Island Retreat

Oceanfront hotels offer full-service amenities and easy access to the beach and boardwalk. Find a perfect beach house rental for your clan and enjoy the conveniences of home, like fully stocked kitchens and outdoor grills. No matter your budget or vacation style, a Carolina Beach getaway is easy to plan with a variety of accommodations from which to choose. Be sure to reserve early for the best selection as they book up quickly this time of year!