From exciting exhibits to new brews and events, there is something for everyone to enjoy this year at Kure Beach, whether it be winter, spring, summer or fall.

Kids enjoying the Nature Play area at North Carolina Aquarium

Exhibits and Educational Ventures

A trip to Kure Beach is not complete without a visit to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. With informative, interactive and fun exhibits throughout the year, it’s an attraction the whole family will enjoy. The Aquarium welcomed a new Nature Play area where children and families can climb, build, swing, jump and imagine in a natural space.

The world-famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids will return to the Aquarium for two weekends in March to swim with the sharks, rays and a green sea turtle named Shelldon, all while enchanting guests young and old. In April, Lorikeet Landing will return for visitors to encounter and feed dozens of small, tropical birds through August. Caution: The free-flying lorikeets may even perch on arms, hands and the occasional head!

Lorikeet eats from a cup while perched on a little girl's arm at Lorikeet Landing

Take a step back in time with an outing to Fort Fisher State Historic Site and the new Federal Point Lighthouse exhibit in its Visitors Center. Explore artifacts and learn more about a series of three lighthouses that used to guide mariners into New Inlet through the Atlantic Ocean. The location of the Civil War’s largest land and sea battle, the historic site is also home to other exhibits, artifacts recovered from sunken ships, scenic walking trails and two oceanfront gazebos.

Federal Point Lighthouse Display Exhibit

New Brews

Kure Beach welcomed its first coffee shop with the opening of Happy Hippies Java Hut. Steps away from the Kure Beach Fishing Pier, coffee connoisseurs can get their hands on a cup of coffee, smoothies, sweet tea or breakfast pastries. Yum!