New Paths to Explore

A new year brings new things to see and do in Kure Beach. Embrace both beauty and nature, a perfect setting for inspiring outdoor activities that are good for your health and well-being. Experience new exhibits highlighting the African-American experience during the Civil War at Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Museum then explore the South's largest earthen fort. Take a behind-the-scenes tour then visit the popular Butterfly Bungalow exhibit returning to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Craft a getaway where escaping is truly a reality. 


Winter Retreat with Nature & History

Find your under-the-sea Zen during Yoga at the Aquarium offered throughout January or plan Valentine's Day date night with your significant other while the kids enjoy fish fun all night long during Hugs & Fishes Valentine's Day Lock-In, February 14 at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Learn about sea turtles in the climate-controlled Exhibit Hall at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area during Turtle Talks. Stick to resolutions during the annual Polar Plunge and 5K Run-N-plunge or one-mile fun walk, February 15.

What's New

Named one of the 11 beaches in the world where history was made, explore the new exhibit highlighting the African-American experience during the Civil War at Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Museum starting in February. The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher has begun construction on the new Asian small-clawed otter habitat. Built within the aquarium’s current freshwater conservatory building, the 3,000-square-foot habitat will feature interactive water elements, spaces for separate otter family groups and behind-the-scenes care areas. Their anticipated arrival in summer 2020 is part of the aquarium’s ongoing conservation efforts.

Path Less Traveled

Paddle a canoe or kayak to the shorebird feeding habitat located on Zeke's Island Reserve to spot rare dunlin, black-bellied plovers, great blue herons and more, then explore the dynamic landscape of tidal flats, salt marshes, dunes and beach. Enjoy 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. 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.

Savor Spring Seaside 

Enjoy a day of beach tunes and live music nearby on the island at Rock the Beach, March 21. Bring your beach chairs and blankets for two days of seafood and singing the blues at the Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival, April 19-20 and enjoy a star-studded lineup, two stages of performers and delicious locally-prepared seafood. Wander in amazement within the Butterfly Bungalow seasonal exhibit at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher where hundreds of exotic butterflies freely fly around, May 1 - September 12. 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.

Eclectic Places to Stay

Get a dose of nostalgia coupled with modern amenities in one of our many retro motels and charming cottages. Experience how life moves at a more relaxed pace on your Kure Beach getaway where unplugging and unwinding comes naturally. It's never too early to book your spring getaway now.