Fall is an ideal time of year to take a couples’, solo or friends’ getaway to Kure Beach. Deemed ‘North Carolina’s Small Wonder,’ experiences revolve around nature and the great outdoors, and moderate temperatures make it easy to enjoy these activities. From exploring North Carolina’s only coquina rock outcrop to sampling dishes around the island on a Tasting History Tour, curate your fall trip to Kure Beach.

Middle of the road view of a two lane street lined by trees in Kure Beach

For the sanctuary seeker

Hide away with your significant other or craft new adventures on a solo trip discovering the hidden gems and sanctuaries found at Kure Beach. Take a leisurely stroll along the six miles of undeveloped shoreline found at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Keep your eyes peeled for loggerhead sea turtles, sea stars, whelk shells and keyhole urchins. A popular spot for relaxing, bring a picnic and blanket to enjoy a peaceful afternoon seaside with your significant other or cruise the beach with a four-wheel-drive vehicle, allowed seasonally with a permit.

At low tide, catch a glimpse of North Carolina’s only coquina rock outcrop. Cemented together by seashells and coral with an estimated origin from 12,000 – 80,000 years ago. The coquina rocks promise beautiful opportunities for photographs.

Calling all history buffs

Explore where the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War was fought at Fort Fisher State Historic Site. As the largest historic earthen fort in the south, 10 percent of Fort Fisher still stands along with a restored palisades fence. Start at the Visitor Center then meander along the scenic outdoor trails with gnarled live oaks and waterside views.


Solo travelers don’t need to eat alone, taste around the island on a Tasting History Tour. Stop off at four to five area restaurants where small plates are served alongside stories of local history told by your tour guide. The tour includes a significant history of the island dating back to the Civil War alongside delicious fare.

For the eco-adventurer

A Kure Beach getaway always includes discovery with a side of scenery. Take a boat or guided kayak tour with your significant other to Zeke’s Island Reserve, home to rare, migrating shorebirds and a collection of various habitats including tidal flats, salt marshes, maritime forest, and ocean beach. Once there, enjoy shelling, hiking, and birdwatching. The maritime forest trail at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area also provides outdoor adventure taking hikers through various landscapes of maritime forest and salt marsh, ending with a stunning view of Zeke’s Island. It’s an easy hike for the solo traveler or an energetic way to start the day on a couples’ retreat.

If you want a more up-close encounter with wildlife, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is the perfect day trip for one, two or even groups. Take a behind-the-scenes tour and watch a live feeding of the Cape Fear Shoals Tank, home to sharks, rays and the sea turtle, Shelldon, or simply spend a day perusing through the various exhibits in a relaxing, serene atmosphere.

If you’re looking to get away on your own, Kure Beach offers beautiful scenery for a seaside escape paired with adventures in nature. Empty nesters and couples can enjoy romantic settings while staying active. Discover a new side of Kure Beach with a fall getaway.