17+ THINGS TO DO IN CAROLINA BEACH NC (ON A THREE-DAY TRIP)
There are so many more things to do in Carolina Beach we’re yet to do, but since we now permanently live just over two hours away in Raleigh, we can easily return and dive deeper another time.
Pleasure Island Beaches
We had a storm come in during our stay which limited our beach time, but that did not stop us from taking every dry, sunny moment to dive in. As the fall temperatures were cooling down, we knew it might be the last beach swim we’d have in a while, so we were taking advantage. The water was still so warm and refreshing.
Carolina Beach offers miles of shoreline with gentle waves and plenty of beach activities that include surfing, shelling, and fishing. There are scores of access points and lifeguard towers for your protection. Head to the piece of sand closest to your accommodation!
Kure Beach is of the more soft, pastel kind. It’s where you want to come for a more relaxed, beach vibe where the natural features are the center of attention. The Kure Beach Fishing Pier is one of the oldest on the Atlantic Coast.
Fort Fisher State Recreation Area
There are six miles of pristine shoreline here offering sun and surf-seekers plenty of fun. Loggerhead turtles also love laying their eggs. You can drive your 4WD along the beaches here. Permit required.
Fort Fisher State Historic Site
Fort Fisher protected the trading routes of Wilmington during the American Civil War until its capture by the Union in 1865. Today, 10% of the original fortress remains which you can tour on a beautiful scenic trail. It’s shaded by gnarly live oaks and winds past the earthworks to fort remains.
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