Experience serenity and scenic beauty in a beach unlike any other. Embrace the outdoors all season long with a hike along the easy, scenic Basin Trail in Fort Fisher State Recreation Area. Or purchase a permit and cruise along the recreation area’s beach strand in your four-wheel drive vehicle. Pack a picnic and enjoy Ocean Front Park, the town’s largest public green space. Paddle out to Shark Tooth Island for spectacular views and hunt for seashells and shark teeth. Fly high at the 15th Annual Cape Fear Kite Festival Nov. 4-6.
Pet-Friendly Getaway Guide
A coastal escape is even better when you get to bring your four-legged friends with you. With pet-friendly restaurants, accommodations and things to do, Kure Beach offers a getaway both you and Fido will enjoy. Choose from one of the many pet-friendly motels or vacation rentals on the island and enjoy amenities like private beach access. Go on a guided kayak tour with Kayak Carolina or head to Joe Eakes Park so your furry friend can explore its off-leash Gurney Hood Barking Lot. Grab a pup cup from Happy Hippies Java Hut or take in sunset views over the river on the dog-friendly patio at Riverview Restaurant.
Holiday Festivities
Have a sandy and bright holiday in Kure Beach! Shop local for everyone on your list at the Holiday Market at Ocean Front Park Nov. 19 and 26. Escape to a winter waterland at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher’s Cape Fear Festival of Trees beginning Nov. 18. Catch a showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, enjoy family friendly activities and even meet the Grinch at the Whoobie Whatty event Dec. 16. Nearby on the island, see a lighted boat parade during the Island of Lights Flotilla Dec. 3 and then ring in the New Year with the beach ball drop at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk Dec. 31.

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