Break the cycle of Zoom fatigue this spring with a trip to Kure Beach, where the whole family can disconnect from devices and reconnect with one another and the best of nature on the Carolina coast. Experience island wellness and relaxation with active adventures, outdoor activities and exploration that will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged.
Read on for our guide to getting off the grid and unplugging in Kure Beach:
North Carolina’s Small Wonder
Known for its natural beauty, eco-adventures and history, Kure Beach is home to several scenic attractions and adventures perfect for helping you unwind and experience nature. Discover natural beauty and explore an undisturbed sanctuary at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Leave the phones behind and stroll along one of the few remaining undeveloped stretches of shoreline on the southern coast.
Take your time to explore as you search for sea stars, keyhole urchins and whelk shells on the beach, or savor the sweeping views and serene surroundings. You can also relieve some stress with a hike or run through the wildlife-rich marsh along the Basin Trail. If you’d rather explore on four wheels, purchase an access pass to cruise along the four-wheel-drive beach strand. Make the most of the afternoon by bringing along a picnic lunch of burgers, chicken nuggets or hot dogs from Beach House Burgers, now open for the season.
Visit Fort Fisher State Historic Site to get outdoors while learning about the area’s history. Wander along the trail encircling the remains of the fort and discover its historical significance with interpretive signs and exhibit panels placed along the way. You’ll also be able to take in spectacular sunrises and sunsets, thanks to a location that features both oceanfront and riverside views.
Travel off the beaten path near the Ocean Dunes Condos right before you reach Fort Fisher to discover Kure Beach’s coquina rock formation, a rare, naturally occurring outcropping visible only at low tide. This hidden gem is one of Kure Beach’s most photographed spots and is the perfect place to enjoy the quiet while soaking in views. It’s even more spectacular if you can time your visit to coincide with sunrise or sunset.
While at Fort Fisher, spend time relaxing underneath the gnarled live oaks of the maritime forest. Bring a blanket and pack a picnic with takeout from Big Daddy's Restaurant, opening the first weekend of April for sandwiches, seafood entrées and more, or Jack Mackerel’s Island Grill, specializing in locally influenced, Caribbean-inspired dishes. You might even finally find time to start that book you’ve been waiting to dig into.
Yoga for All
Find ultimate tranquility and connect your mind, body and soul through practicing yoga with Kure Beach Yoga. Unwind with a class on the beach strand near the Kure Beach Fishing Pier or at Ocean Front Park. Offering a variety of classes for all levels of experience, including gentle yoga and slow sunrise yoga, you’re sure to find your Zen.
Water Wellness & Aquarium Adventures
Located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River, Kure Beach makes it easy to get on the water. Get active with a low-impact kayak or stand-up paddleboard workout, or embark on an excursion to explore local wildlife.
Pick up a rental from area outfitters like Kayak Carolina or Pleasure Island Rentals and travel by water to Zeke’s Island Reserve, a shorebird habitat home to a dynamic landscape of beaches, tidal flats, dunes and more. There’s no need to bring along your devices – make memories and savor stunning views as you try to spot coastal birds like great blue herons, black ducks and white ibis, among others.
Connect with marine life and natural environments at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Discover a family of Asian otters in their aquatic habitat and meet a rescued bald eagle. Stroll through the Aquarium’s outdoor gardens with the kids or follow one of the grounds’ nature trails.
If you’re looking for a fun way to blow off some steam and get active with friends or family, play a friendly game of basketball or tennis at Joe Eakes Park. Or, try your hand at a round of disc golf at the park’s 18-hole course. The park also has a playground, picnic area and off-leash fenced dog area, perfect for an entire afternoon of screen-free enjoyment.
This spring is an ideal time to escape to Kure Beach and unplug. Shut off your devices and leave any stress at home as you spend time in nature exploring our beach’s outdoor adventures, water experiences, wellness activities and more.