Fall Means Festival Fun In Kure Beach, N.C.

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Family-Friendly Beach Town Continues To Entertain, Even After The Summer

The kids are back in school, winter is right around the corner and many families might be feeling like their chance for a getaway is gone until next summer. While the temperatures are dropping in other parts of the country, one N.C. Beach town can boast mild seasons and an endless amount of family fun and activities all year long. Located on the southern end of Pleasure Island, Kure Beach has built a reputation as one of the most family-friendly best beach towns on the East Coast.

Families looking for one last getaway or simply a chance to spend a weekend together with affordable entertainment options should look no further than this quaint coastal town. Kure Beach is a hub of activity all year long. Sure, beaches are known for their summer appeal, but with Jazz Under The Stars, the 7th Annual Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival and the Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival, there's always something to do with the family.

Families that enjoy music can look forward to Jazz Under The Stars on Saturday night, September 5th. Held on the beach stage in front of the boardwalk at Kure Beach's sister beach Carolina Beach from 9:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m., this is a great chance to hear some fantastic music without breaking the bank, because this is a free event!

Presented by the Thalian Association Community Theatre along with the Children's Theatre, the 7th Annual Southern Coastal Bluegrass Festival brings the flavor of the mountains to the beach. September 19th & 20th at Fort Fisher , this two-day event will be full of toe-tapping and six-string instruments.

The fall also brings with it the 16th Annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival. Headlining the event this year is Texas blues rocker Delbert McClinton. Always held the second weekend in October, this festival lets music lovers enjoy the two days of non-stop jazz and blues on two stages, performed by nationally and regionally recognized musicians. Seafood lovers can enjoy scrumptious dishes from some of the area's best restaurants. There's plenty of shopping at booths hosted by crafters and local shop owners, a fine arts plaza and a wine tasting. For the kids, there is a special Kidz Zone with inflatable amusements, face painters and much more.

But music and festivals aren't the only fun to be had at Kure Beach. Fall fishing is another great family activity. There are plenty of opportunities for surf fishing, bottom fishing, shell fishing and deep-sea fishing. Kure Beach's Fishing Pier is 712-foot-long, built in 1923, and is the oldest fishing pier on the Atlantic Coast.

The Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is another great location for families. It's perfect for a day trip and features a six-mile beach that is home to many types of animals including endangered loggerhead sea turtles. Bring a picnic lunch to spend a day at the ocean and be sure to take a walk on the short trail through the marsh to catch a glimpse of all the fascinating sea creatures.

Families looking for some indoor entertainment can head to the N.C. Aquarium. Located at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, this is one of the most affordable aquariums in the country. Take an aquatic journey from the freshwater streams and swamps into the saltwater-filled ocean. Guests can visit the Cape Fear Conservatory which features freshwater plants and animals and even includes the aquarium's new albino alligator named Luna. Cape Fear Shoals features a 235,000-gallon tank filled with saltwater animals including sharks, eels, and stingrays. Towards the end of their journey, guests can visit the ocean exhibits that feature fascinating creatures from the open ocean. Admission ranges from $5 to $8 and children under age five are admitted free.

History buffs can explore the Fort Fisher State Historic Site & Civil War Museum. Fort Fisher, the largest earthen fort in the South, is the site of the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War and was the site of the largest naval bombardment prior to World War I. Outdoor exhibits include three reconstructed and functional cannons. This, along with many other locations at Kure Beach, is ADA compliant, making it a fun and accessible place for everyone.

Kure Beach isn't the only great location on Pleasure Island. Just to the north is Carolina Beach, home to the now world-famous Britt's Donuts, a local eatery that has received national recognition for it's world-class doughnuts that have been bringing folks back for years. Carolina Beach was also recently recognized by the readers of AAA Home & Away Magazine as a top choice for drive-to vacation destinations.

Families looking for a fun and affordable fall getaway should definitely consider a trip to Kure Beach. From the festivals to the fun activities, Kure Beach offers a little something for everyone. For more information, go to http://www.kurebeachstories.com. Become a fan on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kure-Beach-NC/Kure-Beach-NC/61195188170?ref=mf. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/cb_kb_nc.


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