Affordable Adventure This Spring — Explore Kure Beach, North Carolina, A Seaside Town That's A Small Wonder And A Big Playground

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After Countless Days Of Dismal Weather And Cold Temperatures, Warm Weather Is On The Horizon. It's Time To Plan A Spring Getaway To Kure Beach. This Is A Cozy And Welcoming Coastal Town That Offers A Look Back In History, The Opportunity To Enjoy Nature At Its Purest, And Abundant Water Sports.

Kure Beach ( is located just 19 miles south of Wilmington, North Carolina. It offers several miles of unspoiled, uncrowded Atlantic oceanfront with large, natural sand dunes, casual restaurants and shops, and special rates on accommodations.

The town is the place to vacation for those who enjoy water sports such as boating or fishing. The convergence of the Cape Fear River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean make fishing in the area — whether surf fishing, bottom fishing, shell fishing or deep-sea fishing— the best around. Fishermen have been enjoying the over 700-foot Kure Beach Fishing Pier, the Atlantic Coast's oldest fishing pier, since 1923. The pier has been a magnet for fishermen since it was first built to 120 feet. In 1984, it was expanded to its present length, and along with constant updating of amenities, has become the centerpiece of this water-oriented community.

Kure Beach is also the perfect place for history buffs. The Fort Fisher State Historic Site & Civil War Museum is home to the largest earthen fort in the south. The North Carolina Military History Museum, which contains indoor and outdoor exhibits, features artifacts and military vehicles encompassing all branches of service. And those looking to explore exhibits on dive sites and maritime history (dating from prehistoric to Civil War to the present) can visit the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Center.

For a unique opportunity to see nature at its best, head over to the Fort Fisher State Recreation Center, which offers a five-mile stretch of undeveloped beach that is home to nesting loggerhead sea turtles. Nature enthusiasts can explore the North Carolina Birding Trail for a close-up look at some of the area's most beautiful species.

Nearby Fort Fisher is also home to the North Carolina Aquarium, which showcases marine life in the Cape Fear River basin and nearby beaches, estuaries, and ocean. Kids love the 230,000-gallon saltwater shark tank, and roaming through the half-acre Cape Fear Conservatory with alligators, sturgeon and other freshwater species. The Open Oceans Gallery (that focuses on marine creatures and nearby ocean reefs), and an “Exotic Aquatics” showcase that features lionfish, cuttlefish, a living Pacific Coral reef, and Pacific sea nettles are also big hits. One of the biggest stars of the Aquarium is Luna, a rare albino alligator.

There's always something special happening at the aquarium. On March 5 and 6, the North Carolina Aquarium will host the 4th Annual Scales & Tails event. Visitors will have the unique opportunity to see, touch and learn about such animals as alligators, snakes, iguanas, lizards, and turtles. The event is free with aquarium admission.

Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, visitors will definitely want to come out to the Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Center to see some cool cars and trucks at the Back to the Beach Car Show. This family-friendly event will also feature raffles, music, and food and beverage vendors.

Kure Beach shares Pleasure Island with nearby Carolina Beach where the 15th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-off will be held on Saturday, April 17. It's an opportunity to taste some of the best chowder in the area, then cast a vote for the best. This family-friendly event will also feature live music, and a Kidz Zone with face painting, balloon art and a giant inflatable slide. Fun foods like hot dogs, funnel cakes, and pizza will also be available.

While visiting Carolina Beach, head over to the Municipal Marina for the Pleasure Island Fresh Market. Fresh produce and other delectable goodies will be available on Saturdays, from April 2 through May 7.

With Kure Beach as home base, it's a short drive to the activities and events in other nearby areas. From April 6 through April 10, Wilmington hosts the annual NC Azalea Festival. This celebration of Wilmington's beautiful signature flowers features exceptional artwork, gardens, rich history and culture and entertainment includes a parade, street fair, circus, concerts, and pageantry.

Kure Beach is the ideal location for a spring getaway. It offers vacationers the opportunity to relax, or have a blast at events like the Kure Beach Street Festival on April 30. With all this to do, it's not surprising that Kure Beach is known as the small wonder that's a big playground.

For more information on all spring happenings, featured experiences, and special offers in Kure Beach, go to Follow Kure Beach on Facebook or Twitter.

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