10 Unique Things To Do In Kure Beach

Kure Beach is a unique place to vacation and one of the things that makes it such a great destination is the wide variety of things to do and see.

Looking for all the best things to do and see on Kure Beach?  Look no further! Today we have ten unique things that should be on every visitors to do list. Kure Beach is a unique place to vacation and one of the things that makes it such a great destination is the wide variety of things to do and see. From history to surfing there is something for everyone. 

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

Getting to Fort Fisher is easy from any of our Kure Beach vacation rentals. Located just down the road at 1610 Fort Fisher Blvd S., Kure Beach. The Fort is open to the public free of charge. Visiting the Fort will take approximately an hour for a quick walk-through, or up to several hours for a more in-depth visit.  The park is handicap accessible except the old gun emplacement. For more information, check out our previous post: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Fort Fisher On Kure Beach. 

Coquina Outcrop

Check out the only Coquina Outcrop in North Carolina!  Between Kure Beach and Fort Fisher at low tide, you’ll come across the Coquina Outcrop. Located a short distance from the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, these mounds are shells that have hardened over the centuries. They form a small platform extending beneath Kure and Carolina beaches as well as Masonboro Island.  Make sure to check the local tide tables. You’ll want to be there at the lowest point of low tide. You can even find treasures like hermit crabs or interesting shells in the cracks of the terrain. Kids will love exploring this area of Kure Beach. 

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area-Hermit’s Bunker

Not to be confused with the military Fort Fisher, the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is a beautiful park sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River. Loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers, and other rare species nest along the sandy shore. Don’t forget to read our post: We Love Our Pleasure Island Sea Turtles for more sea turtles information.  For surf fishing and four-wheel drive vehicles are allowed seasonally with required permits. But the real fun is looking for the bunker where the hermit, Robert Harrill, lived! 

Tony Silvgani Surf School

Are you ready for one of the coolest experiences on Kure Beach? We’re lucky to have local professional surfer Tony Silvgani calling Kure Beach home to his signature surf school. With classes for kids, adults, and everyone in between, you’re sure to be hanging ten in no time. With a laid-back vibe and a supportive staff, everyone will enjoy a day at the Tony Silvgani Surf School. Looking for more information Click here.

Joe Eakes Park

Joe Eakes Park is located at the corner of K and 7th Avenue. This park is amazing! It includes a children’s playground, a picnic area, a full basketball court, a baseball field, bocce ball courts, two tennis courts with a practice backboard, and a disc golf course! No matter what you like to do, it is here at Joe Eakes Park. The park has the only public dog park, The Gurney Hood Barking Lot (Dog Park). This off-leash park is perfect for those visiting with dogs. 

Zeke’s Island

Located in the Cape Fear River basin, you’ll find Zeke’s Island. Research Reserve. The Island is a Dedicated Nature Preserve and therefore is a protected space of pristine nature. You’ll find the site is 22 miles south of Wilmington, bounded by Federal Point to the north, Smith Island to the south, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and the Cape Fear River to the west. If you want a day of natural beauty and exploration, this is the place to be. 

Kure Beach Street Festival 

The Kure Beach Street Festival, organized by our Street Festival Committee, is held on the last Saturday in April each year. The event features children’s entertainment, live music, dancing and much more. During the festival, you’ll find food vendors, locals arts, and crafts. The best part is this takes place with the beautiful Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop. How can you go wrong!

North Carolina Military History Museum

The North Carolina Military History Museum’s stated purpose is to honor the State’s rich military history and traditions by recording the bravery, sacrifices, and challenges of Tar Heel service members and the military events in which they participated from the Colonial period to the present. Part of this goal is achieved with the museum that is open to the public. Located near Fort Fisher the museum is a great place to learn about North Carolina’s proud military history. In the museum, you’ll find preserved military artifacts, photographs, papers, and other memorabilia related to the State and its service members. Take some time to visit this institution and help promote the study and appreciation of North Carolina’s marital history and the role played by this State and her veterans in every conflict in American History. 

Ocean Front Park 

It’s hard to have a bad day at the Kure Beach Ocean Front Park. With its prime location along the oceanfront, it is ready-made for relaxation. However, much more happens here. The park is the host of concerts, shows, and special events throughout the year. The Kure Beach Ocean Front Park & Pavilion is home to the town’s largest public green space. The park is located along Atlantic Avenue and is just down the street from the Kure Beach Fishing Pier. The site, features a walking path, benches for admiring the ocean view, public restrooms, a play area for children with swings, a rain garden, and much more. The best part is it is situated right on the water! For all you readers out there this is the perfect place to sit back with a book and watch the waves roll in.

Kure Beach Fishing Pier 

Whether you are just looking for a great view or are a serious fisherman, the Kure Beach Fishing Pier is an iconic feature of Kure beach. The pier is open 24 hours a day from April 1 to November 30 of each year. Here are a few details.

  • No Alcohol is allowed on the pier. 
  • One Rod and Reel per Person $8.00 per Fisherman
  • King Fishing – $16 * May 15th – October 1st * 3 Rods * 5 am to 10 pm
  • Sunset Shark Fishing – $16 * June 1st – Sept. 15th * 3 Rods * 12 am to 5am

The pier is located at 100 Atlantic Ave, Kure Beach. You can call (910) 458-5524 for more information!