Find New Adventures in Kure Beach NC

Celebrate Nature at the Coast

For a refresh that’s outdoors, hike the trails on the island’s two state parks or take a guided kayak tour to a bird sanctuary on Zeke's Island. For a more peaceful experience, relax beneath majestic live oaks with a good book or enjoy a sunset four-wheel drive on the unspoiled coastline. Whether it’s meeting the otters in a new exhibit at the aquarium, kayaking on an eco-adventure or walking along a secluded shoreline, you will look at life in a new way.

What to Expect When Visiting

Thank you for trusting us with your care and safety as you travel to the area. We encourage you to travel and enjoy responsibly by practicing social distancing, wearing required masks and following other guidelines for your safety. With safety concerns top of mind for travelers, many lodging properties are following enhanced safety guidelines provided by corporate offices, as well as guidance from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, U.S. Travel Association, and the CDC that are designed to provide consistent cleaning safety standards. A statewide “Count on Me NC” program with the NC Restaurant and Lodging Association, Visit NC and NC State University provides specific guidance and training to local restaurants, hotels, and other public-facing businesses on best practices. Please find on-going COVID travel updates here.

What's New

The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s new exhibit, Otters on the Edge, is now open to visitors within the freshwater conservatory and is home to four Asian small-clawed otters. Maverick, the rescued bald eagle, also got a new habitat in the Aquarium's outdoor gardens. Come see the new and renovated spaces alongside jellyfish, sharks, an albino alligator, seahorses, eels and more. On your drive to Kure Beach, see the island's new public art featuring three colorful murals in Carolina Beach, the first three of a six-part community murals program

Path Less Traveled

Keep wellness goals in mind on a walk through history at Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Museum and explore the South’s largest earthen fort. Walk the many winding pathways, and view the beautiful old live oak trees oceanfront and along the Cape Fear River shaped by centuries of salt, sand, and wind. Visit Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and nearby Carolina Beach State Park, both part of the North Carolina State Parks system. Offering nature hikes, beautiful coastlines, bikeable roadways and educational and environmental programs, the parks make for an ideal activity whether you’re looking to get active or sit back and relax. Only accessible by kayak, canoe, boat or stand-up paddleboard, Zeke's Island Reserve is one of the East Coast’s most important shorebird feeding habitats. Spot rare black-bellied plovers, great blue herons and more on a guided tour with a local outfitter. Unleash your frisbee and let the dog roam free at Joe Eakes Park's Disc Golf course and Bark Park.

Small Town, Big Flavor

Fill your getaway with beach-favorite dining options from seafood to pork chops. Pick up your order to-go from the Kure Beach Diner, a local favorite with hearty breakfast items ranging from biscuits and gravy to French toast. Grab a Mermaid Magic, Normal-Seas Smoothie or kombucha to enjoy along the pier from Happy Hippies Java Hut. Order takeout and pick up curbside from Freddie’s Restaurant and savor the famously-braised pork chops served eight different ways, or taste Caribbean flavors on the laid-back patio at Jack Mackerel's Island Grill.

Stay With Us Awhile

Places to stay range from luxury apartment suites to retro motels and charming cottages that offer a dose of nostalgia coupled with modern amenities and new cleaning safety standards. Choose a vacation rental and enjoy the comforts of working or learning from home at the beach, including full kitchens, outdoor grills, oceanfront decks and patios. Look for off-season rates found on many lodging partner websites and book midweek (Sunday – Thursday) for the best savings. Plan now for spring and summer as beachside rentals book up quickly.