Put a Little Beach in Your Spring

Warmer air, sunny skies, and family fun on the Boardwalk and beyond are just the beginning to an extraordinary spring break at Carolina Beach. Learn to surf one day; have breakfast with a mermaid the next; and hike our native marshlands in between.

The world-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids will return to the nearby NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher March 1 to 4 and March 8 to 11. The enchanted mermaids will perform in hourly dive shows and be available for meet and greets during regular business hours. Special activities include breakfast with mermaids, mermaid- and pirate-themed scavenger hunts, AquaCamps and more.

Classic kid-friendly activities abound, starting with Tony Silvagni Surf School, owned by world-famous pro surfer Tony Silvagni, who just helped Team USA win gold at the 2018 ISA World Longboard Surfing Championship in Hainan, China. If surfing's not your thing, their staff will deliver chairs, umbrellas, tents, bicycles and more to your spot on the beach. For boarders on wheels a visit to the Mike Chappell Skate Park is a must.

Looking to step off the beach without leaving the island? Carolina Beach State Park offers miles of hiking trails where you can explore the river, marshlands and even spot the native Venus flytrap. Take the park ranger-led Biological Wonderland Hike to learn about the various island habitats. Bump it up a notch with a kayak or paddleboard rental from Paddle NC at their state park location or join a guided overnight kayak expedition.

Visit shops and restaurants as you stroll the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, or simply sit and swing by the ocean dunes. New spots like Carolina Smokehouse BBQ and Jack's Retreat join beloved standbys like Britt's Donut Shop and the Fudgeboat.

Ready to dive in? Book now to take advantage of special late winter rates or check out our lodging options and vacation rentals for your spring vacation.