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. Sing the blues, jazz and beach music at local festivals. 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. Nearby on the island, sample seafood and sing the blues at the 25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival, April 13-14. Walk your way through Carolina Beach, April 27, during the Carolina Beach Wine & Beer Walk sampling local, regional and national libations while visiting various locations. Find the perfect piece of artwork during the Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival, May 4, as the children get crafty in the interactive art area for kids. Find a wide array of visual, culinary and performing arts including cooking demonstrations, artists' performances and much more.

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. Take the whole family for a celebration of carnivorous plants in bloom during Flytrap Family Fun Day, March 30, at Carolina Beach State Park or count the stars in the sky during Star Party: A Stargazing Event, April 12. Take a walk on the wild side and fly high with the Lorikeet Landing Exhibit, April 20, nearby on the island at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Watch colorful birds whisp around, land on your head and feed from your hand. 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 when the shop opens for the season, Friday-Sundays, March 29, 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!