Take advantage of milder temperatures and fewer crowds to explore Carolina Beach this fall. Connect with nature on a park ranger-led hike along the accessible Flytrap Trail in Carolina Beach State Park. Bring your four-legged family members to Pets in the Park Oct. 8 for family-friendly activities, food trucks, K9 demonstrations and more. Get in on the action at the area's largest surf fishing competition at the Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge Oct. 14-16. Catch a wave of color with the town's new murals “Beach Breeze” and “The Kid in All of Us” or watch as colorful kites of all shapes and sizes fly seaside on the island during the 15th Annual Cape Fear Kite Festival Nov. 4-6.
Brews, Views & Good Vibes
Raise a glass to scenic views and local libations on your autumn getaway. Enjoy tropical cocktails on the pier at Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar. Step inside the No. 1 dive bar in North Carolina, The Fat Pelican, for more than 350 beer options, foosball, games and more. Sip a “Beach Please” on the rooftop bar at Carolina Smokehouse. Indulge in fall flavors with a seasonal brew on the Boardwalk for Lake Park Steakhouse’s Oktoberfest featuring food, brews and more Oct. 29-30.
No Planning Required
Amp up your autumn with a last-minute getaway to Carolina Beach! Spend time on the water with Pleasure Island Rentals or take a guided kayak tour with Paddle NC. Traverse one (or more!) of the nine trails in Carolina Beach State Park or stroll our vintage Boardwalk, named one of the best in the U.S. by Fodor’s Travel, for beautiful ocean views. Relax in Good Hop’s beer garden with a local brew, or get competitive with a round of disc golf on the course behind the brewery.

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