Renew Your Spirit 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. Explore hidden gems like the unspoiled 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, dance to live music at the oceanfront park, or watch exotic birds take flight at the aquarium. Craft a getaway filled with family eco-adventures, fishing spots and natural beauty that transports all to simpler times. 


Winter Retreat with Nature & History

Shake off those seasonal blues as nature reigns supreme in Kure Beach with landscapes and activities that propel you into a spring state of mind. Drive on miles of beach at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area where a required permit unlocks your own hidden sanctuary. Find fully-intact shells and possible sightings of loggerhead sea turtles that call this stretch of sand home or learn about them firsthand during Turtle Talks. Find your zen under the sea participating in Yoga at the Aquarium at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Nearby Wilmington provides additional things to do in the city. Take a self-guided tour of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA and see the inner workings of one of the most decorated battleships of WWII. Visit with Wilmington's oldest resident, a 20-foot-tall giant ground sloth at the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science. Hop on the Wilmington Ale Trail and dine around town, Jan. 23 - Feb. 3, during Encore Winter Restaurant Week.

Savor Spring Seaside 

Make a spring break getaway to Kure Beach. Eat local seafood while singing the blues at the 25th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Festival, April 13-14. Enjoy an international, star-studded lineup including International Blues Recording Artist Ana Popovic and Kansas City’s Danielle Nicole. Explore the Arts & Wine Garden while kids can enjoy face painting and the Kidz Zone. Combine beach time with family time as you peruse through 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. 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.

Wander in NC's Small Wonder

See the island from a different perspective and bond with the family while touring the area on tandem bikes. 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. Young learners can explore with eco-adventures around the island through Kayak Carolina or a Biological Wonderland Hike at nearby Carolina Beach State Park to witness the rare Venus flytrap and carnivorous plants in their natural habitat. 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.

Take Flight or Dive Deep

Take flight with the return of the Lorikeet Landing Exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Colorful, exotic birds freely fly around as you and the little ones feed them. Let the kids try their hand at catching a wave with a variety of surf lessons or explore the shore from a new perspective on stand up paddleboard (SUP).  Find sunken treasure with a SCUBA dive adventure to historic shipwrecks off the coast where prehistoric fossils perch on the ocean's natural ledges and history sits beneath the shore. 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. 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, take the family on a half or whole day charter to reel in dinner for preparation in your vacation beach house rental.

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.