With a friendly community and naturally beautiful surroundings, Kure Beach welcomes you to "live like a local" as you recharge and reconnect with family on vacation. From natural wonders to live music, discover local treasures and traditions that make Kure Beach a beloved oasis for residents and visitors alike:

1. Sunrises at Kure Beach Fishing Pier ­– Generations of both local fishermen and out-of-town vacationers have enjoyed breathtaking views from the century-old Kure Beach Fishing Pier. For a memorable early-bird experience, make your way to the pier in time to witness the sun’s first rays rising over the Atlantic Ocean. Walk along the 711-foot pier for free or, for a small fee, try your hand at fishing. Mornings are also the prime time to reel in the catch of the day alongside seasoned anglers.


2. Coquina Rock Formation ­– This natural wonder consists of seashells and coral that have been cemented together over more than 12,000 years. The moss-covered coquina rock outcrop is only visible at low tide, and those in-the-know check the tide tables in advance. To find this rare gem at low tide, walk along the beach near the Ocean Dunes Condos, just before reaching Fort Fisher.


3. Ocean Front Park and Pavilion – The town's largest public green space, Ocean Front Park is located right by the water in the heart of Kure Beach. Take a leisurely stroll along the park's boardwalk and rest on waterfront bench swings. Kids will be captivated by the playground's giant pirate ship. The park’s pavilion stage provides a scenic venue for popular community events open to visitors, including the Boogie in the Park concert series, Story Time by the Sea and yoga classes.


4. Kure Beach Yoga – Recharge your spirit with Kure Beach Yoga classes, held on the beach and on Ocean Front Park’s stage seasonally, as well as inside the Kure Beach Community Center year-round. While most classes are suitable for all levels, Vinyasa Flow is ideal for yogis looking for a challenge. Kure Beach Yoga also offers a signature Reggae Flow class on Wednesday nights. Check the website for a full schedule.

5. Boogie in the Park Concert Series – Feel the rhythm by the sea every first and third Sunday from May to October with the free, family-friendly Boogie in the Park Concert Series. Head to Ocean Front Park, bring a picnic blanket and lounge chairs and enjoy the live music.


6. The Basin Trail – Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is well-known for its miles of protected shoreline; however, local nature enthusiasts also appreciate its scenic soundside. Embark on a 2.2-mile out-and-back hike along the state park's Basin Trail, which takes you through salt marshes and a maritime forest. Along the way, you'll encounter diverse flora and fauna, as well as a WWII-era bunker that was once inhabited by the legendary “Fort Fisher Hermit.” As you near the end of the trail, you'll be rewarded with a picturesque panoramic view from the wooden observation deck.


7. Happy Hippies Java Hut – Brighten up your day by visiting the purple storefront of Happy Hippies. This popular beachside coffee shop offers a wide selection of hot and iced coffee beverages, as well as frappes, smoothies, kombucha and its special Mermaid Magic drink – a blend of espresso and hazelnut flavors. As you sip, browse unique gifts, including handmade jewelry and wellness items.

8. Zeke’s Island Reserve ­– Discover the wildlife-rich environment of Zeke's Island. The undisturbed reserve's tidal flats, salt marshes, sand dunes and ocean beaches serve as a sanctuary for protected shorebirds and other species. Zeke's Island is only accessible by boat, kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard (SUP). Rent a kayak from a local outfitter like Kayak Carolina and launch from the public boat ramp/kayak area on the northern shore of the basin. Paddle through tranquil waters to reach the reserve’s barrier-spit portion, a local favorite spot for recreation. Visit this webpage for a site map and more information.


9. Freddie’s Restaurant – Serving delicious Italian and American cuisine, Freddie’s has been a beloved Kure Beach staple for more than a quarter of a century. Freddie’s is known for mouthwatering pork chops – a large center-cut chop, perfectly grilled and glazed in a balsamic reduction. Choose from other classics such as steak, seafood and pasta, accompanied by a great wine selection. For dessert, indulge in delights like cannoli and limoncello cake.


10. Winter Beach Walks – Who says beach walks belong only to summertime? Kure Beach's shoreline is particularly peaceful during the cooler months, making it ideal for a serene stroll without crowds. Beach Accesses #99 and #100 provide easy access to the shore, the pier, Ocean Front Park and local spots like Happy Hippies (perfect for grabbing a cozy beverage before your walk!).