The Fun Continues and the Value Increases as Visitors Fall for Kure Beach, N.C.

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Kure Beach Is A Big Playground With Warm Fall Weather, Special Deals And A Variety Of Fun Events For The Entire Family

Fall has officially kicked off and Kure Beach, N.C., continues to offer an irresistible combination of activities and special deals for visitors. An autumn trip to this seaside town is filled with value and, best of all, it's one big playground.

Throughout the fall, Kure Beach is the headquarters for visitors who come to attend many events in the area. It shares this barrier island, known as Pleasure Island, with Carolina Beach.

On Oct. 9 and 10, Kure Beach visitors can jam at the annual Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival. Music legend Leon Russell will headline the event and will be joined by other regionally- and nationally-recognized musicians. The festival will also feature a Kidz Zone with magicians, juggling acts and clowns, and a Fine Arts Plaza, complete with crafts and wine tastings.

The family-oriented Pleasure Island Surf Fishing Challenge will take place Oct. 15 through Oct. 17 and will give 250 surf anglers a chance to compete for more than $12,000 in cash and prizes. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Big Buddy Program and the Cape Fear Volunteer Center.

Kure Beach itself offers one of the most unique experiences built around Halloween. Children and their families can have a howling good time at the North Carolina Aquarium's Trick Or Treat Under The Sea event on Oct. 27 and 28. The two-day party will feature indoor trick-or-treating, face painting, story-telling, magic shows and haunted gardens.

Kure Beach is known as “North Carolina's Small Wonder” and it's easy to see why. Located on the southern end of Pleasure Island, it's one of the most family-friendly beach towns on the East Coast.

As a single-stoplight town, it offers a relaxing atmosphere, yet there's plenty of action for those looking for more excitement. Kure Beach is surrounded by salt water and fresh water, offering lots of things to do for those who love the water.

Oceanside, the beach presents opportunities to stretch out and enjoy the gentle sun, take a stroll or do some fishing. Temperatures average in the 70s throughout the fall, but at midday, the strong Carolina sun makes the sand and air feel much warmer.

Scuba divers can enjoy exploring old shipwrecks under the sea just offshore. Gentler waterways are ideal for stand up paddleboarding and kayaking excursions that take visitors up close to area wildlife.

Fishing enthusiasts will love the Kure Beach pier. Built in 1923, it is the oldest pier on the Atlantic coast. It stretches more than 700 feet long and is a great place to see what's biting. Just up the road is the Carolina Beach Fishing Center and Marina which offers several charter boats.

Fall is a perfect time to get in touch with nature and Kure Beach has numerous nature excursions and guided tours. The Fort Fisher State Recreation Area not only offers visitors a chance to walk along five miles of white, sandy beach, but also a boardwalk that leads over the sand dunes to the beach to see one of the few undeveloped stretches along the southern coast. There's also a variety of wildlife to see and touch, from sea stars and keyhole urchins to the endangered loggerhead sea turtles.

Family-friendly attractions are found everywhere in Kure Beach. One of the area's must-sees is the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, which showcases marine life found in the Cape Fear River basin and the nearby beaches, estuaries and ocean. The aquarium also features daily shark feeding demonstrations in a 235,000-gallon shark tank; a half-acre conservatory with alligators, sturgeon and other freshwater species; and a gallery featuring 300 marine creatures.

For history buffs, Kure Beach is a treasure. A short distance from the aquarium is an area honoring the largest land fortress in the South, the Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Civil War Museum. Fort Fisher was one of the last strongholds of the Confederacy.

All that activity works up an appetite and Kure Beach has that covered too. Some of the freshest seafood anywhere is served in Kure Beach's coastal island-style restaurants.

Just a short drive from Pleasure Island is the charming city of Wilmington. There, visitors can enjoy a carriage tour or ghost walk, tour the USS Battleship North Carolina Memorial or see some of the area's historic homes.

Several Kure Beach accommodations offer discounted fall rates. To learn more about Kure Beach and its fall offerings, visit Also, find Kure Beach on Facebook and Twitter.


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