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.


NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

The world-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids perform in the aquarium’s 235,000-gallon ocean tank for two weekends in early March. The popular DINOSAURS! exhibit, featuring enormous animatronic dinosaurs, will return this spring, followed by the re-opening of the Butterfly Bungalow filled with hundreds of free-flying exotic butterflies.

North Carolina's First Heritage Dive Site

The Civil War Blockade Runner “Condor” was recently dedicated as North Carolina’s first heritage dive site. The steamer ran aground in 1864 with famous Confederate spy Rose Greenhow on board. The Condor rests in 25 feet of water, 700 yards off the shore in front of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, where buoys mark the site along with mooring lines for boats and kayaks. Dive enthusiasts are encouraged to explore the Condor June through November each year. Find diving charters here and more information at Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

The Fort Fisher State Recreation Area has been updated to include a modernized exhibit room featuring educational information about the surrounding ecosystem. New informational displays about the beach, ocean, maritime forest, salt marsh and more have been added, along with an activity table and a saltwater aquarium. The picnic area has also been enhanced with large sun shades, and the bath house has been renovated to accommodate more guests.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

In response to increased visitor visitation, a new Fort Fisher State Historic Site Visitors Center and Museum has been planned for development, which will be nearly four times larger than the current space to accommodate its more than 800,000 annual visitors.


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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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Tripping.com included Kure Beach among its list of the 10 Best Beaches in North Carolina.

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About.com 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.