Experience Beauty and Wildlife in Nature’s Paradise
As one of North Carolina’s most undeveloped beaches with beautiful, natural surroundings for miles, shell-seekers, bird watchers, nesting Loggerhead sea turtles, nature enthusiasts and eco-adventurers all find seclusion here. Explore the Ocean Front Park, Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and more to relax or actively participate in a variety of activities at one of the beach’s scenic parks.
Located in the heart of Kure Beach, Ocean Front Park offers beautiful ocean views, as well as a boardwalk that visitors can stroll along, swings perfect for two and a playground, complete with a pirate ship, that kids love to play on. The park also features an open-air pavilion where concerts, weddings, and family-friendly events including Boogie in the Park and Storytime by the Sea are held throughout the year.
Enjoy a leisurely beach day and walk along one of the few remaining undeveloped stretches of shoreline on the southern coast at the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, where you can comb the beach for sea stars, keyhole urchins and whelk shells in a beautiful natural setting. With six miles of beach to explore and coastal creatures including pelicans and loggerhead sea turtles, it offers the chance to see these unique animals in their natural habitat. Take a boat over to Zeke’s Island Reserve and explore the lagoon-like habitat, a sanctuary to many different shorebirds as well as other coastal wildlife.
Get competitive at Joe Eakes Park where you can play a round of disc golf, a game of bocce ball, tennis, basketball and more. The park also features a playground, picnic areas as well as the Gurney Hood Barking Lot dog park where dogs can run and play.