Located south of Carolina Beach and north of the Fort Fisher State Historic site, Kure Beach offers a quaint downtown area with great shopping and dining, fresh local seafood and of course, wide sandy beaches. Kure Beach is a destination town with vacation rental homes, quaint beach cottages and luxurious, waterfront residences. The area’s warm year-round climate, numerous recreational activities and close proximity to the ocean make Kure Beach a sought-after place to live.
With iconic destinations such as the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, great hiking, kayaking, beach-going and surfing, especially at the nearby Fort Fisher State Recreation area, a more than six-mile span of undeveloped beach, there is so much fun to be had on Pleasure Island. More than 288 acres of protected natural spaces include miles of hiking trails, a WWII-era bunker, beaches, a boat ramp and kayak launch, plus numerous opportunities to spot wildlife or go fishing.
Things to Do in Kure Beach
If fishing is what you’re after, the more than Kure Beach Fishing Pier is a must see! Fresh seafood and other culinary delights among other engaging offerings make up the Kure Beach downtown area.
Many vacation rental homes, inns and motels are located an easy walk from the Kure Beach downtown. The military also plays a role in the economy of Kure Beach, as it is close to the North Carolina National Guard Fort Fisher Training Center and the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area.
If that were not enough, Kure Beach is home to Joe Eakes Park, which includes a playground, a disc golf course and a dog park. The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is always worth a stop, as it has albino alligators, sharks, sea turtles and a bald eagle, as well as stingrays, sea stars and horseshoe crabs for petting. After a long day there, a fun thing to do is to hop on the nearby ferry at Fort Fisher, which allows for vehicle transport to the scenic town of Southport to visit its many boutiques, ice cream shops and seafood restaurants.
Kure Beach History
Named for a family of settlers, Kure Beach first received a post office in 1942. Legend has it that a German U-boat attacked the bromine plant operated by Dow Chemical during WWII, but no official record of it has ever been found. Of course, no mention of Kure Beach History is complete without a note about the Fort Fisher State Historic site, a Confederate fort during the Civil War. Set up to protect the trading route along the Cape Fear River up to the Port of Wilmington, it was the site of a major land/sea battle before it fell in 1865.
Today, the Fort Fisher State Historic site includes miles of hiking trails, a visitor’s center, numerous artifacts, two oceanfront gazebos, a monument and many beautiful live oak trees. There is even a sunken Civil War-era blockade runner, the Condor, located about 700 yards offshore. It is a part of the Cape Fear Civil War Shipwreck District, a SCUBA diving destination that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Come for the beach or the fishing, the hiking or the cultural/historical opportunities, stay for the fresh seafood the options are endless in Kure Beach.