If you’re searching for a summer vacation that will keep you moving, look no further than Kure Beach for your next getaway. The perfect escape to discover motion-based activities, the entire family will stay active and entertained with a variety of island adventures.
On Your Feet
With several scenic locales for getting in your steps, get moving with a walk or run by the water. Located near the Kure Beach Fishing Pier in the heart of the downtown area, Ocean Front Park’s walking path is a great place to move with a view. Wind down after your walk while the kids entertain themselves in the play area.
Head to Fort Fisher State Historic Site – the site of the Civil War’s largest amphibious battle – to walk or jog along the scenic trail shaded by gnarled live oaks. The trail leads past the gigantic Fort Fisher earthworks to the rear of the fort remains. Located across the highway, discover the Battle Acre Monument to Civil War Soldiers, home to a separate walking trail and two oceanfront gazebos for relaxing and taking in the view.
Or, spend an afternoon exploring six miles of undeveloped shoreline at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Head out along the Basin Trail to move through salt marshes and a maritime forest, and be sure to keep an eye out for undisturbed coastal wildlife like Loggerhead sea turtles. Explore the area at low tide to discover the natural wonder of the coquina rock formation.
Nearby on the island, explore miles of hiking trails at scenic Carolina Beach State Park. With plenty of spectacular settings to take in, you’re certain to spend the whole day (or more) exploring the 761-acre park. Or, swing by the Island Greenway, a multi-use paved path reserved for pedestrians and bikes only.
There’s no shortage of scenic sites as you stay on the go on the water in Kure Beach. Offering kids camps, tours and rentals, the experienced guides at Kayak Carolina are ready to teach the whole family the basics of kayaking. Take in views of beautiful water, marsh and sandy beaches as you paddle out to Zeke’s Island Reserve.
Join Paddle NC for a kayak or SUP tour at nearby Carolina Beach State Park. Get your nature and history fix as you cruise through the waters of the Cape Fear River. Tour options include an introduction to kayaking eco-tour, half-day kayak adventures and full-day expeditions.
Take a Dive
Kure Beach is home to North Carolina’s first heritage dive site, The Condor. The remains of the blockade runner are located just 700 yards off the beach at Fort Fisher, making it an ideal spot for novices and expert divers alike. Rent dive equipment from a local outfitter, or take a guided tour with Carolina Beach Scuba.
However you choose to move, head to Kure Beach for a variety of motion-based activities to promote health and wellness for the whole family this summer.