As spring begins to bloom, Kure Beach transforms into the perfect destination for a retreat getaway. From kayaking through beautiful lagoons to savoring delicious local seafood, there are plenty of unique activities to experience beyond the sand this spring at Kure Beach. Known as North Carolina’s small wonder, Kure Beach offers a small-town experience sure to make you feel right at home.
Under the Sea
Experience the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher that recently received its Sensory Inclusive Certification, ensuring a positive experience for guests with sensory sensitivities. Visitors can watch daily dive shows or embark on a behind-the-scenes tour, where you’ll get an up-close view of feeding time with some of the aquarium’s friendliest animals. Plus, you’ll experience a whole new vantage point from the top of the aquarium’s 235,000-gallon Cape Fear Shoals tank that’s home to sharks, stingrays, moray eels and other fish. This May through September, immerse yourself in Butterfly Bungalow, a seasonal popular exhibit making its return to the aquarium.
Settle into a kayak for a day of exploration along Kure Beach’s breathtaking natural coastline. Take a guided kayak tour to Zeke’s Island Reserve, where you can paddle through the lagoon-like habitat that is a sanctuary for much of the area’s coastal wildlife. Or, paddle out to Shark Tooth Island with Kayak Carolina, where expert staff will help you navigate the calm waters of the Cape Fear River. Take a break on the uninhabited island as you comb the shore for exotic seashells and much-coveted shark teeth. Kayakers of all skill levels can get equipped for a day on the water at Pleasure Island Rentals or Paddle NC.
Fresh Food and Romantic Nights
Kure Beach’s restaurants are known for fresh seafood that will make your mouth water just browsing the menu. Visit Jack Mackerel’s Island Grill for a Caribbean twist on seafood favorites, like the Broiled Lobster Tail and Out Out Island Chicken. In operation since the 1970s, Big Daddy’s Restaurant is a hallmark of Kure Beach where patrons savor their meal featuring fresh seafood, steaks, smoked meats, and more from the outdoor patio. Enjoy a romantic night out at Freddie’s – a fine-dining experience that pairs American and Italian cuisine with a fabulous wine selection.
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