Redefine Fall with Blues, Brews and Lunch Crews

As Carolina Beach successfully rebounds back to a normal routine and scene, fall is an ideal time of year for an adults-only or friends' getaway where mild temperatures paint a picture-perfect vacation for indulging special interests. Hike the trails, sip local ales, explore outdoors, dock and dine and enjoy a season full of eating, outdoor adventures, festivals and more. Visitors planning future travel to Carolina Beach are advised to check openings and travel updates while recovery is underway.

Fabulous fall temperatures invite exploration at Carolina Beach State Park. Spend the day hiking through the coastal forest with waterfront views and towering pines where seven miles of trails offer something for every type of explorer. Learn about plants that "bite back" and take a guided Carnivorous Plant Nature Hikerent a kayak and explore the Cape Fear River, or go on a four-wheeling adventure at Freeman Park.

There's plenty of fresh seafood, cold drinks and nightlife to keep you entertained all season long. Craft beer lovers find a wide-variety of libations at Good Hops Brewing. Enjoy cocktails over the ocean at Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar. With a lively patio, fresh seafood and live music, SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar is the perfect place to spend a fall evening. If you want to keep it casual at your vacation beach house rental, pick up a made-to-order seafood steam pot filled with delectable shrimp, spicy Andouille sausage, potatoes and more from Cape Fear Boil Company.

For fall festivals like no other, reel in a catch at the Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge. You don't have to be a fisherman to enjoy the day's catch when you attend the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival in nearby Kure Beach. Celebrate everything autumn on the island at the family-friendly Fort Fisher Fall Festival.

Enjoy two trips in one with a Wilmington day trip just over the bridge to "America's Best Riverfront." Just minutes away, experience a Broadway show at Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts or The Wilson Center. Take in the arts and culture of the area at Cameron Art Museum or Cape Fear Museum of History and Science. After you've spent a day hiking through Carolina Beach State Park, wander through Wilmington's colorful Airlie Gardens or Arboretum at New Hanover County.

Immerse yourself with a different kind of fall getaway that's unmistakably Carolina Beach. Choose from one of our many hotels, B&Bs, cozy beach cottages or vacation rental properties.