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.


Fort Fisher State Historic Site

Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Museum recently opened a brand-new temporary exhibit highlighting the African-American experience at Fort Fisher during the Civil War.

Turtle Talks

With a record-breaking number of sea turtle nests found at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, rangers patrol for new nests each morning and host seasonal Turtle Talks where visitors can learn about sea turtle biology and behavior.

New Exhibits at the Aquarium

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher has begun construction on the new Asian small-clawed otter habitat. Built within the aquarium’s current freshwater conservatory building, the 3,000-square-foot habitat will feature interactive water elements, spaces for separate otter family groups and behind-the-scenes care areas. Their anticipated arrival in late 2020 is part of the aquarium’s ongoing conservation efforts.


Logo for Vacation Ideas: Dream Vacation Magazine

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.

Tripping.com Logo

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

Trip Advisor logo

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

Logo for the Southeast Tourism Society

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.

MSN logo

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.

USA Today Logo

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.