Kure Beach is the perfect destination for a spontaneous fall getaway, thanks to activities that don’t require advance planning or reservations. Don’t worry about making plans months ahead of time, just hit the road and experience the small beach town charm of North Carolina’s most naturally beautiful beach. 

Blast from the Past

Immerse yourself in the rich history of this coastal destination at Fort Fisher State Historic Site. Home of the largest land and sea battle of the Civil War, visitors today can explore the South’s largest earthen fort and the site of that historic battle, which features a reconstructed 32-pound seacoast gun and a restored palisade fence. Wander along the scenic trails surrounding the site to enjoy the shade from gnarled live oaks and discover interpretive signs detailing the site's history along the way. 

A Rare Natural Wonder

The coquina rock formation dates back thousands of years and is only visible at low tide. Head out to the unique formation, entering the beach near the Ocean Dunes Condos right before you reach Fort Fisher, to discover the rare and distinctive mossy hard crop cemented together by seashells and coral. From a perfect spot that the shells have created over the years you can spot marine life like sea stars, hermit crabs and conchs.

Fresh Air for the Soul

Take advantage of the pleasant fall weather and head outside. At Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, there are nearly six miles of pristine beach and trails through salt marsh to discover. You may even catch a sighting of marine life, such as loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers and other rare species that nest along the shore.

Stretching 711 feet, the Kure Beach Fishing Pier allows visitors to see miles of coastline, and those interested in fishing can do so without a fishing license for a nominal fee. Don’t fret about bringing all your own gear because the Bait Shop and Store sells tackle, bait and rod and reel combos. Stroll the pier, breathe in the ocean air and try your hand at reeling in a big one.

For those who want to get their heart pumping, Joe Eakes Park offers a baseball field, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts and an 18-hole disc golf course for pros and newbies alike. Bring your own balls and equipment for a friendly game in the park with family, friends or even strangers (that will soon become friends). Pack a sandwich or takeout from a local restaurant and enjoy a nice picnic at the park’s tables and benches.

Casual Eats

Don’t miss out on delicious fare while in Kure Beach. Big Daddy’s Restaurant earned its standing as a town favorite since 1965 thanks to its casual atmosphere and delicious fresh food. The family-owned restaurant offers fresh seafood, steak, burgers and salads for lunch and dinner. Try the Calabash-style seafood that made them famous.

Voted “Most Romantic” dining spot year after year, Freddie’s Restaurant is well known for its wide variety of Italian and American cuisine favorites complemented by a good wine selection and full bar. Settle into a quaint booth and dig into Chicken Piccata, Shrimp Scampi, Mushroom Ravioli or Italian Gumbo.

Jack Mackerel’s Island Grill specializes in Caribbean inspired dishes as well as locally-influenced meals. Using the flavorful and colorful ingredients of the islands, this casual restaurant delights visitors with dishes like Cajun Chicken Alfredo and Island Salmon with mango crab butter.

Enjoy your coastal getaway exploring a historical landmark, catching fish, eating out or discovering a natural wonder. No matter how you choose to spend your days, Kure Beach has something in store that won’t have you agonizing over planning the details.