Get a bird’s eye view of our colorful island on the new and permanent 95-feet-tall Ferris Wheel on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Hunt for stolen treasure aboard the Pleasure Island Pirate Cruise with Island Cruises. Level up your fun with a high-speed rental from Carolina Beach Jet Ski Rentals. Cheer on professional female surfers as they compete in the Wahine Classic Surf Competition Aug. 6-7. Catch a flick with the family each Sunday through Sept. 4 at Carolina Beach Lake Park.
Live Music & Boardwalk Fun
Pair panoramic ocean views with live music and beachy beverages at Hurricane Alley’s or Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar. Enjoy tiki tunes at SeaWitch Cafe & Tiki Bar during their Outdoor Music Concert series through Sept. 23. Channel your inner rockstar with karaoke fun at Silver Dollar. Head to the Carolina Beach Boardwalk for fireworks, family-friendly fun and live entertainment during Fireworks by the Sea & Boardwalk Blast every Thursday.
Kid-Approved Bites
Dine on the second-level deck at Carolina Smokehouse to enjoy ocean views while savoring barbecue so good it was featured on the Food Network. Nosh on tacos and back-flip burritos at Nollie’s Taco Joint. Play a round of cornhole with your meal at the Lazy Pirate Island Sports Grill. Satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth with a Tummy Trembler at Celtic Creamery featuring six scoops of ice cream, a multitude of sweet toppings and a flaming firework!
Before book bags and homework make a return in your daily life, pack up the family and escape to Carolina Beach for an unforgettable summer hurrah! Hit the waves with rentals from Pleasure Island Rentals or take a lesson from the surfing pros at Tony Silvagni Surf School and Odysea Surf School. Take the fun to the Boardwalk for high-flying amusement rides and sweet treats like the iconic Britt’s Donuts. Get a breath of fresh coastal air on a park ranger-guided hike through Carolina Beach State Park or paddle out for a guided eco-adventure on the park’s waterways with Kayak Carolina or Paddle NC.
8 Unforgettable Family Adventures

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