Suit up and cheer up in a variety of ways as spring is in full swing. Take to the water around Carolina Beach State Park with an intro to stand up paddleboarding class. Sign the kids up for a surf camp with a gold-medal-winning surf instructor. SCUBA dive just off shore to a heritage dive site or search for coveted Megalodon teeth along underwater coastal reefs. Grab your crew for a captain-led pedal-powered boat tour through scenic waters. Explore the island by land along the 1.2-mile Island Greenway with a bicycle rental then find your flow with a refreshing beach yoga class on the shore. 

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Pose by new colorful murals loaded with Carolina Beach vibes. Snap pics of in-bloom Venus flytraps showcasing their spring colors along hiking trails. Selfie, sip and snack at tiki bars and restaurants with panoramic views and ice cream stops where scoops are piled high with cookies, doughnuts and chocolate sauce. 

Street Arts Festival

Celebrate arts by the sea. From coastal-inspired paintings to local-made jewelry, pottery and more, the Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival is back at Carolina Beach Lake Park, May 8. Hear live music at the bandshell and enjoy food vendors. Kids can create their own art, get their face painted and be entertained by jugglers and more.

Boost your morning with a handcrafted cold brew coffee made from a top-secret recipe then head to Britt’s Donut Shop, now open for the season. Enjoy real-pit barbecue for lunch perched atop an ocean-view deck along the Carolina Beach Boardwalk or order takeout from a scratch-made biscuit shop showcasing southern flavor. End the day in a Bahamian-style tiki bar with a tropical cocktail and pineapple-stuffed seafood meal. Cap the day with handmade Italian gelato or dessert-topped milkshakes. 

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