Carolina Beach is a seaside destination that is made more interesting and colorful by maintaining its vintage charm. It's what makes a Carolina Beach vacation truly original. With a classic boardwalk, one-of-kind festivals and colorful characters, this beach town remains an enjoyable destination for the entire family.
This is just a sampling of what Carolina Beach offers its visitors as well as a wealth of other sightseeing activities in a family-oriented atmosphere. It stands out for many beachgoers as a completely unique vacation destination, with people, places and signature events found only in Carolina Beach.
Carolina Beach is a town on the coast of North Carolina. Along the Cape Fear River, Carolina Beach State Park is home to fishing spots and the Flytrap Trail, named for the carnivorous plants along its path. Carolina Beach Boardwalk offers shops, restaurants and amusement rides. On the Atlantic, Freeman Park has campsites, plus sand dunes and sea grass. The Federal Point History Center has exhibits on local culture.
Carolina Beach is located 15 miles south of Wilmington, NC on the northern end of Pleasure Island. Visitors discover an unhurried and friendly atmosphere where families visit marinas, book offshore fishing excursions, and stay comfortably in a variety of accommodations. Its streetscape is one of small shops, restaurants and family entertainments like ice cream, candy and beachwear shops.
One of the town’s icons — and a tradition for repeat visitors to Carolina Beach — is the family-owned Britt’s Donuts where mouthwatering donuts have been prepared and served warm since 1939.The number one attraction is the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, which features a variety of shops, eateries, and other amusements lining a cozy avenue tailor-made for an afternoon or evening stroll. This charming shopping district is also the perfect place to hear live music, play miniature golf or rent a cycle and leisurely pedal through the town, taking in the ocean breezes and sights.
FISHING AND BOATING
For those who love fishing or boating, Carolina Beach is the perfect destination. The convergence of the Cape Fear River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean make fishing near Carolina Beach the best around. There are opportunities for surf fishing, bottom fishing, shell fishing and deep-sea fishing. Carolina Beach plays host to several annual fishing tournaments each summer and fall, drawing thousands of visitors to this fishing Mecca.
In the heart of town, the Carolina Beach Fishing Center and Marina is home to one of North Carolina’s largest selections of recreational fishing fleets and party boats. It also offers charters for inshore, offshore, Gulf Stream and tournament fishing excursions, as well as eco-tours, and sightseeing and evening cruises. Transient boaters looking to visit Carolina Beach can use the public day docks. In addition, the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier is open to the public and features a tackle shop, grill and arcade.
PARK AND NATURE
Carolina Beach also offers tourists the opportunity to enjoy a variety of parks. Carolina Beach Lake Park is - according to the Guinness Book of World Records - the largest freshwater lake (11 acres) near saltwater. There, visitors can rent paddleboats or take in a concert at the nearby amphitheater. The 761-acre Carolina Beach State Park is home to the rare and beautiful Venus flytrap. Guided tours of the “Flytrap Trail” are available, as well as other nature trails, campsites, a visitor’s center, marina and educational programs. A popular area of beach known as Freeman Park is a standard spot for fishing, camping and four-wheeling. And, the adventurous will enjoy surf camps and skate ramps at the Carolina Beach Skate Park, located at Mike Chappell Park.
For history buffs, Carolina Beach offers the Federal Point History Center. Visitors can learn about the history and development of Carolina Beach. Pre-historic, Colonial and Civil War periods are also portrayed through a series of exhibits and audio-visual presentations. Nearby on the island, the Fort Fisher State Historic Site & Civil War Museum, and the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher are two of the state's most visited attractions.