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THIS IS NO ORDINARY BEACH
It's An Extraordinary One
Located at the northern end of Pleasure Island, Carolina Beach is a family-friendly, extraordinary beach town that’s curiously entertaining! An original beachside boardwalk, a state park, colorful characters, miles of alluring beach, world-class fishing, and interesting one-of-a kind events and festivals, all set Carolina Beach apart from the ordinary.
Find original entertainment at Carolina Beach this summer with special events from beach to boardwalk. Memorial Day weekend launches the Boardwalk Blast summer series of free weekly fireworks and live music by the sea, May 24th through Labor Day. For a limited time, you can get a special deal on a Summer Season Pass to our Boardwalk Seaside Amusement Rides, with 25 rides including a Tilt-a-Whirl and more. Don't miss the ocean view and all the action on the beachside boardwalk from the top of the Ferris Wheel! Get outside and enjoy nature on a guided carnivorous plant hike at the 761-acre state park or get a birds-eye view of the 235,000 gallon tank on a special behind-the-scenes tour of the NC Aquarium.
Find more original entertainment from the Carolina Beach Music Festival, the biggest and only beach music festival held on the beach on the North Carolina coast, to the best family movies every Sunday evening at the Carolina Beach Lake Park.
There's always something original to do in Carolina Beach. At Carolina Beach State Park, hike a scenic white-sand trail leading to an overlook with gorgeous views of the Cape Fear River. Cast a line from the wooden Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. Watch a shark swim right in front of you – in a 235,000-gallon saltwater tank at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. For the history buffs, nose around the Civil War’s largest land/sea battle site at Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Civil War Museum. Wherever you are in Carolina Beach, it's only a short walk, drive or bike ride from all the activities the island offers.
Rent a condo, cozy beach cottage or hotel room, or choose to return to simpler times and stay at one of our family-owned motels. Dine with oceanfront views or at locally owned restaurants in the heart of town. Shop for souvenirs and treasures of all shapes and sizes, from boogie boards to vintage apparel.
Get away and find your original beach experience. You’ll fully discover why there are a lot of beaches in North Carolina, but there’s only one Carolina Beach.