Find Unexpected Beauty and Wildlife This Fall

Go beyond the shore and set off on new adventures this fall in Kure Beach. Relax beneath majestic live oaks, take an island tasting food tour, unwind with yoga amongst natural beauty and kayak to a bird sanctuary on Zeke's Island. Embrace the Kure Beach you know and love hiking the trails at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area or with a sunset four-wheel drive on the unspoiled coastline. Experience notable history, festivals and fall-centric activities. While nostalgic at heart, fall unveils a new side of Kure Beach begging to be explored.


Discover Fall at Kure Beach

The free Boogie in the Park Concert Series jams beachside on Sundays with live music at the Kure Beach Ocean Front Park & Pavilion until Oct. 20. Reel in fall fun at the premiere fishing tournament, the Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge, Oct. 18-20. For a fall break family getaway have a coastal twist on Halloween at the kid-friendly Fort Fisher Fall Festival, Oct. 12, Halloween Storytime by the Sea, Oct. 26 and Trick or Treat Under the Sea, Oct. 24-26 at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Attracting both amateur and professional 'kiters,' relax on the shore and bring a picnic as hundreds of unique kites soar high in the sky at the Cape Fear Kite Festival, Nov. 2-3.

Seek New Adventures

Discover hidden gems and eco-adventure this fall. Ideal temperatures make it the perfect time of year to kayak on a guided eco-tour with Kayak Carolina to Zeke's Island Reserve, one of the most important shorebird feeding habitats on the East Coast and home to salt marshes, maritime forests, ocean beach and unique wildlife or paddle out on a guided tour to Shark Tooth Island, an uninhabited island home to coveted seashells and shark teeth. Find your Zen at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, one of the few remaining undeveloped stretches of shoreline on the southern coast. Stroll along the six miles of beach and keep your eyes peeled for loggerhead sea turtles, sea stars and keyhole urchins or unlock adventure with a four-wheel-drive sunset cruise along the shore. Only visible during low tide, Kure Beach's coquina rock formation is a natural gem cemented together by seashells and coral with origins dating from 12,000 to 80,000 years ago. Dive deep to discover The Condor, a sunken Civil War ship and North Carolina's first heritage dive site and embark on a number of SCUBA dive adventures to historic shipwrecks off the coast. If land adventures are more your speed, hike the Basin Trail at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area or spend the day hiking over six miles of trails nearby on the island at Carolina Beach State Park.

Small Town, Big Flavor

Fill your getaway with a variety of beach-favorite dining options from classic fare to pork chops worth waiting in line for. Step back in time at the Kure Beach Diner, a local favorite with hearty breakfast and lunch items ranging from biscuits and gravy to french toast, a chicken club sandwich and seafood platters. Sip a mid-day refuel with a Mermaid Magic Cold Brew, Normal-Seas Smoothie or kombucha at Happy Hippies Java Hut. Line up for famously braised pork chops, served eight different ways, at Freddie's Restaurant or taste Caribbean flavors at the laid back eatery, Jack Mackerel's Island Grill. Foodies can taste around town while hearing fascinating area stories on a Tasting History Tour or celebrate the three B's - Beach, Bacon and Beer nearby on the island as local chefs go head-to-head with bacon-centric creations paired with craft ales and wine, Oct. 12 at the Beach, Bacon and Beer Festival.

Under-the-Sea & History

Immerse yourself in Kure Beach culture with unique tours around the island. Go under-the-sea at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, recently named one of the best aquariums in the country by USA Today's 10Best. See over 2,500 animal residents icluding Luna, the albino alligator and a bald eagle named Maverick. Immerse yourself in the underwater world with a behind-the-scenes tour. See an up-close feeding of sharks, stingrays, Shelldon the sea turtle and all of the other animals that call the 235,000 gallon Cape Fear Shoals tank home. Named one of the 11 beaches in the world where history was made, experience history firsthand on a trip to Kure Beach. One of the most influential battle sites of the Civil War and the South's largest earthen fort, Fort Fisher State Historic Site combines history with stunning natural beauty. Take a tour beginning at the Visitor Center and meander along the scenic outdoor trails shaded by live oaks with Cape Fear River views.  

Eclectic Places to Stay

Whether you're planning an adults-only romantic weekend for two or gathering with friends to catch up, retro motels and charming cottages offer a dose of nostalgia coupled with modern amenities. Here, life moves at a more relaxed pace so unplug, unwind and book your fall escape to Kure Beach now.