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.


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.

Lorikeets Return

Lorikeet Landing returns to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher as fins and feathers flock together. This interactive, live-animal exhibit is open through October 1 and features beautiful tropical birds.

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

A new exhibit for the visitor center and more interpretive waysides are now underway at the Fort Fisher State Historic Site. These additions are intended to better tell the story of Fort Fisher, the site of the largest amphibious battle of the Civil War. The 32-pounder “Rifled & Banded” cannon in Shepherd’s Battery – a restored gun emplacement – was also completely refurbished.


usa today 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.
tripping.com logo 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.
trip advisor TripAdvisor.com included the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in its roundup of Top 25 US Aquariums.