What’s New?

If you have visited Kure Beach before and are interested in what’s new to see and do on your next trip, read about recent updates and accolades here.

Coming Soon

New Website

Planning your small-town getaway is about to get easier with a new Kure Beach Official Tourism Website launching in March 2021. The redesigned website includes custom interactive thematic maps, a new blog program and a quick-view listing feature that makes searching for things to do, places to stay and where to eat easy.


Otters on the Edge

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher has debuted a new Asian small-clawed otter habitat. Built within the aquarium’s current freshwater conservatory building, the 3,000 square-foot habitat features streams, waterfalls, a log slide and an enclosed pool in addition to spaces for separate otter family groups and behind-the-scenes care areas. Meet Asta (the mom), Oscar (the dad), Triton (the daughter) and Ray (the son) in their new habitat. Maverick, a rescued bald eagle, has also received a new habitat in the aquarium’s outdoor garden. The natural area and decking were built especially for his abilities and feature low perches and a stream for bathing.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

Visit Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Museum's newest exhibit: “From Slave to Soldier: the African American Experience at Fort Fisher,” which highlights African Americans’ role in Fort Fisher’s story.


Kure Lighthouse Inn

The iconic hotel formerly known as Darlings by the Sea has been beautifully renovated into the Kure Lighthouse Inn. This boutique inn features nine luxury apartment suites capable of accommodating four to six guests per suite. The property is just steps from the beach and minutes from all that Kure Beach has to offer.


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The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of the 25 Best Aquariums in the United States, according to Vacation Ideas: Dream Vacation Magazine.


Kure Beach was named as one of TripSavvy.com’s Best Family Vacations in the Southeast.

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Tripping.com included Kure Beach among its list of the 15 Best Beaches in North Carolina.

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Trip Advisor included Kure Beach at #17 in its roundup of 20 Best All-American Family Vacations Your Kids Will Love.

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The 25th Annual Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Celebration was named by the Southeastern Tourism Society as one of its Top 20 Events.

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MSN.com named Kure Beach one of the 17 Best Beaches for a Budget Vacation in 2017 for free oceanfront parking, a National Historic Landmark with a fort and exhibits to explore and public green space with seasonal programs and activities for the whole family.

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USA TODAY ranked Kure Beach as one of the 11 Beaches in the World Where History Was Made for the Battle of Fort Fisher's impact on the Civil War.