Experience fall colors and more Carolina Beach style. Mild temperatures and fewer crowds offer plenty of spaces to explore. Paddle out on a kayak tour through the waters that played a key role in the golden age of piracy. Savor fresh flavors at island tiki bars and sip fall brews in an outdoor beer garden or at the annual Wine & Beer Walk. Test your balance with a stand-up paddleboard lesson, learn to surf with an Olympic gold medalist, bike an island greenway or hike the state park. There's no shortage of outdoor fun still left to be had this fall. 

Outdoor Eats

With mild weather and ice-cold drinks always on tap, it's hard to justify eating indoors in Carolina Beach. Savor barbeque on the oceanfront deck at Carolina Smokehouse or fresh-caught seafood specialties on the pier at Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar. Bring your four-legged friends along for dog-friendly outdoor dining options at SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar or Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a scoop of extra-velvety Irish ice cream from Celtic Creamery. No matter the craving, enjoy outdoor eats this fall.

One-of-a-Kind Events

Fill your Carolina Beach getaway with unique events and activities. Enjoy the classic Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast celebration each Thursday through September. Reel in the good times at the Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge Oct. 15-17, the area's premier land-based surf fishing competition. In nearby Kure Beach, wonder at vibrant sky art during the 15th annual Cape Fear Kite Festival Nov. 6-7. Taste the island's signature libations at the annual Carolina Beach Wine & Beer Walk on Nov. 13. 


Go beyond the beach to discover eco-adventures and parks. Explore Carolina Beach State Park, which offers 761 acres of natural beauty, hiking trails, a secluded marina and scenic views of the Cape Fear River. Keep your eyes peeled for carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap, which only grows natively within 60 miles of Carolina Beach. Watch for thousands of colorful bird species and other animals that call the coastal region home. From hiking and biking trails to hidden beauty and kayak adventures, find plenty to explore this fall.

Get Back to Nature

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