Things To Do

There's Always Something Original To Do At Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach bursts with vibrant events, activities and things to do. The fun begins on the bustling historic boardwalk lined with pizza, donut and ice cream stands, and filled with miniature golf, batting cages, an arcade and more.

Below is a sampling of the many things to do on the island.  Use the search box below to find a complete list of activities.

Water sports and outdoor activities are king here. Carolina Beach boasts some of the East Coast's best fishing. Toss a line from the pier, the shore or from one of several chartered and group boating excursions.  Go kayaking through picturesque salt marshes and creeks. Take the family paddleboating on Carolina Beach Lake Park or for a ride on a Surrey bike that can hold a family of four. Go bird-watching or catch a glimpse of the rare Venus Flytrap at the Carolina Beach State Park. Find everything from beachwear and boogie boards to local art and the latest fashions at island shops and boutiques. Plan your day around our local events calendar, filled with beach music, seafood festivals and fireworks shows.

For more things to do just minutes away, check out nearby Kure Beach, located just south of Carolina Beach on the southern tip of Pleasure Island. Explore the outdoor treasures of Kure Beach. Walk the trail encircling the Fort Fisher State Historic Site. Drop by the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher to visit with all kinds of marine critters. From sand castles to surfing, Kure Beach has plenty of additional things to do on land, sea, and air.

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A truly original beach experience with an original boardwalk, arcade and attractions like the NC Aquarium and the Fort Fisher State Historic Site.
 
Toss a line from the pier, the shore or from one of several chartered and group boating excursions.
 

Find cool and original things to do with these trip ideas that will keep you curiously entertained at North Carolina’s most authentic beach.

Go paddle boating on Carolina Beach Lake Park, hike at Carolina Beach State Park or 4-wheel drive at Freeman Park.

 

Surf fishing, surrey biking, bird watching, and high-flying amusement rides offer classic beach and outdoor fun. Click for list of outdoor things to do or read more about outdoor activities.

 

Experience family-friendly activities for teens, tweens and every age in between. Click for family events or read more classic kid-friendly things to do.

From fresh catch to table, savor the flavor of locally caught seafood prepared with inventive local flavor.

 

Eclectic gift shop finds, surf shops and Boardwalk classic treasures.

 

Discover truly original events and festivals that make Carolina Beach such a popular vacation spot.

 

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