Lorikeets and More at the Shore

Beauty and nature feed the spirit of the season and the soul at Kure Beach where the family vacation you remember from childhood is waiting. Retro beach town vibes meet modern day amenities where here, escaping is truly a reality. Experience the magic of lorikeets at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher and interact with colorful, exotic birds then enjoy live music and family fun during Boogie in the Park. Take the family out for a beach drive and explore hidden gems like the unspoiled, protected six miles of coastline at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and the famous coquina rocks at low tide. Looking for action after the exploration? Attend beach town street fairs and dance to live music at the Ocean Front Park. Craft a getaway filled with family eco-adventures, behind the scenes tours and natural beauty that transports all to simpler times. 

  

Savor memories seaside

Take time to unwind with the family exploring natural wonders, sunbathe next to the shoreline or cast a line off the Kure Beach Fishing Pier, the oldest privately owned fishing pier on the east coast. Nearby on the island catch a concert on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk and then watch dazzling fireworks over the ocean during Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast starting May 24 with the motown sounds of. Live music comes with a side of ocean views at the Boogie in the Park Concert Series, Silk Groove, June 2 at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park & Pavilion. Plan now to enjoy a summer getaway full of family fun on our shore with these top summer hotspots.

Family Fun in the Sun

Propel yourself into a beachside state of mind with crafted adventures at Kure Beach perfect for the whole family. Pack a picnic lunch and hop in the four-wheel drive to cruise on miles of beach at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area where a required permit lets you peruse for fully-intact shells and possible sightings of loggerhead sea turtles. See the island from a different perspective and bond with the family while touring the area on tandem bikes. Enjoy abundant sunshine lounging in a beach chair or casting a line off the oldest, privately owned fishing pier on the east coast, the Kure Beach Fishing Pier. Take flight with the return of the Lorikeet Landing Exhibit, running through Sept. 30, at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Colorful, exotic birds freely fly around as you and the little ones feed them. Enjoy brilliant hues of blues, vibrant greens, royal reds and sunny yellows and immerse yourself in nature amongst the free-flying birds. Nearby on the island, find a spot on the lawn and cozy up with some popcorn for Rat Pack: Free Movies at the Lake, May 26, at Carolina Beach Lake Park. Little marine biologist will love learning about local nesting sea turtles and turtle behavior during Turtle Talks at Kure Beach Ocean Front Park & Pavilion, June 10-August 26.

Take a Deep Dive

Find sunken treasure with a SCUBA dive adventure to historic shipwrecks off the coast where prehistoric fossils perch on the ocean's natural ledges. Make plans now to explore North Carolina's first Heritage Dive Site, a sunken Civil War ship, The Condor, with desired diving times beginning in late spring. 

Wander in NC's Small Wonder

Warm weather makes for an ideal time to embark on an eco-adventure. Each Sunday at 7 p.m., June 9-Aug. 8 join the Ocean Life Project for an engaging, family-friendly beach walk and educational talk. Bring your shovels and buckets and learn about Kure Beach history, beach safety, area wildlife, shell and fossil finding and more. Hike the Basin Trail at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area to explore a coastal maritime forest that passes by a WWII bunker and leads to an observation deck great for birdwatching with expansive Cape Fear River views. Paddle a canoe or kayak to the shorebird feeding habitat located on Zeke's Island Reserve. Bring your binoculars to spot rare dunlin, black-bellied plovers, great blue herons and more, then explore the dynamic landscape of tidal flats, salt marshes, dunes and ocean beaches. With some of the best offshore and inshore fishing in the state, hop on a half or full day charter to reel in dinner for preparation in your vacation beach house rental. Everyone will appreciate the unmatched beauty of the Coquina Rock formations when they reveal themselves during low tide showcasing rare mossy hard rock cemented together by seashells and coral dating back thousands of years.

Eclectic Places to Stay

Retro motels and charming cottages offer a dose of nostalgia coupled with modern amenities. Here, life moves at a more relaxed pace so unplug and unwind in a variety of lodging and budget options. Accommodations begin to book up quickly this time of year so plan your getaway now.