Lorikeets and More this Spring at the Shore

Beauty and nature feed the spirit of spring 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 or enjoy live music and festivities along the river at the Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival. 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 Spring Seaside 

Sunny spring days turn into magical nights at Kure Beach. Let young astronomers gaze into the night sky through telescopes during the Star Party: A Stargazing Event, April 12, nearby on the island at Carolina Beach State Park. Eat local seafood while singing the blues at the 25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival, April 13-14. Enjoy a star-studded lineup including International blues recording artist Ana Popovic and Kansas City’s Danielle Nicole. Explore the Arts & Wine Garden while kids enjoy face painting and the Kidz Zone. Combine beach time with family time as you peruse over 35 vendors set up oceanfront, dance to live music and let the kids participate in a variety of activities at the Kure Beach Street Festival, April 27.

Family Fun in the Sun

Propel yourself into a spring break 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. Nearby on the island, take the kids to Flytrap Family Fun Day, March 30, at Carolina Beach State Park, celebrating the native Venus flytrap with an assortment of flytrap-themed crafts, games, carnivorous hikes and more. Hunt for Easter Eggs with an aquatic twist during the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher's Alligator Egg Hunt, April 13, 19 and 20, where little ones hunt for special, candy-filled alligator eggs and get to meet a live baby alligator. Take flight with the return of the Lorikeet Landing Exhibit, April 20, 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. 

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. 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 during the spring so plan your getaway now.