Story Ideas

People have been coming to Kure Beach for years to unplug and reconnect and to enjoy our pristine beach, natural surroundings, signature attractions, historical fort and small town atmosphere. Inspiration surrounds and a relaxed pace abounds at Kure Beach. Below is a small sampling of storylines that Kure Beach has to offer or view more options here.

Landmark Attractions

Kure Beach is home to two of North Carolina’s landmark attractions, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and the Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Civil War Museum. Located at the south end of Kure Beach, Fort Fisher was a Confederate fort during the Civil War, home to the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War.

Senior and Retiree Travel

Who needs Florida when Kure Beach has everything retirees, seniors and baby boomers could ask for? With accessibility, affordability, great weather and a laidback atmosphere, North Carolina's small wonder is an ideal spot for rest and relaxation.

History

Located at the south end of Kure Beach is Fort Fisher, a Confederate fort during the Civil War that protected the vital trading routes of the port of Wilmington. Attend historical reenactments at the Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Civil War Museum, the site of the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War. Approximately ten percent of the fort still stands today.

Holidays

Escape the stress and traffic that often comes along with the holiday season and spend time relaxing in Kure Beach’s small-town atmosphere. The centerpiece of the holiday season at Carolina Beach and Kure Beach is the Island of Lights Festival. The festivities kick off the day after Thanksgiving with the Light Up The Lake ceremony and culminate with the New Year’s Eve Countdown. Other events include the not-to-be-missed Holiday Flotilla on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Family Travel

North Carolina’s small wonder is full of BIG fun for the whole family. From its miles of clean, expansive beach to attractions like the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, there’s something for everyone. Kure Beach’s relaxed, small-town atmosphere that makes it easy to recharge and reconnect with what really matters.

Eco-Tourism

The Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is known for its six-mile stretch of undeveloped beach where visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, fishing, shelling and birding. Fort Fisher is home to 16 threatened and endangered species at different times of the year, including Loggerhead sea turtles in the warmer months and hawks, warblers and peregrine falcons in the fall. Visitors also flock to the area in the fall as the much-loved Loggerhead sea turtle nests scattered along the shoreline began to hatch.

Fishing

Whether you’re a fan of pier fishing, surf fishing or offshore fishing, the waters surrounding Kure Beach are home to some of the best fishing in North Carolina. For those anglers looking for some competition, Kure Beach hosts numerous tournaments throughout the year like the annual Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge in October. Fishing is generally good at Kure Beach from May into December.

Ocean Front Park

Ocean Front Park is Kure Beach’s largest public green space. Located in the heart of Kure Beach’s quaint business district near the town’s iconic fishing pier, the park features a boardwalk, a playground for small children, rain gardens, oceanfront swings and public restrooms. One of the biggest attractions at the park is an open-air pavilion with a stage area to be used for concerts, weddings and educational events.

Destination Weddings

Kure Beach’s natural surroundings make it a romantic and breathtaking backdrop for the destination wedding of your dreams. Whether you’re hosting a small intimate celebration or an oceanfront ceremony, Kure Beach has a variety of venues to make your vision into reality.

One-of-a-Kind Events

  • Kure Beach Street Festival featuring arts and crafts, food and more (April).
  • Carolina Beach Music Festival, the largest and only music festival held on the beach along the North Carolina coast (June).
  • Boardwalk Film and Fireworks Series in Carolina Beach (June - Aug).
  • Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival featuring nationally recognized artists (October).
  • Cape Fear Kite Festival (November).