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.

2020 Official Visitors Guide

Request your 2020 Visitors Guide

The 2020 Official Kure Beach Visitors Guide is full of trip ideas for your next beach getaway. Whether traveling for family vacation or retreat with friends, find things to do, dining options and accommodations to get your trip planning started. Request a copy, or view the Digital Guide now.

Attractions

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Museum will have a brand-new temporary exhibit highlighting the African-American experience at Fort Fisher during the Civil War in February 2020.

Butterfly Bungalow

Butterfly Bungalow, a seasonal exhibit, will return to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in late spring offering guests an immersive experience. Within the enclosed garden, the colorful winged creatures land on your shoulders, arms and hands or float silently. Visitors can witness over 100 exotic butterfly species.

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 summer 2020 is part of the aquarium’s ongoing conservation efforts.

Accolades

TripSavvy

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

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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.

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TripSavvy named Kure Beach one of the Best Family Beach Vacations in the Southeast.

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TripAdvisor.com included the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in its roundup of Top 25 US Aquariums.