Kure Beach, NC (PRWEB) May 21, 2011
Summertime is finally here and with it, longer days and more time spent relaxing with family and friends. Make plans to escape the heat and avoid the overcrowded beaches and traffic and get away to North Carolina's Small Wonder, Kure Beach, where there's room to do anything under the sun – or nothing at all!
Conveniently located off I-40 and just 19 miles south of Wilmington, Kure Beach offers a variety of things to do with its miles of beautiful, unspoiled, uncrowded beachfront and large, natural sand dunes. It is the ideal vacation spot to enjoy pristine surroundings and an array of outdoor activities like boating, fishing, kayaking, hiking and water sports. History buffs will enjoy exploring the nearby Fort Fisher Historic Site and seasonal island events guarantee a good time for all.
Whether surf fishing, bottom fishing, shell fishing or deep-sea fishing, the convergence of the Cape Fear River, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean makes for an excellent catch or some great stories to take home. At over 700 feet long, the Kure Beach Fishing Pier is the Atlantic Coast's oldest fishing pier as well as a centerpiece of this coastal community.
Rich in history, the area features three different museums: the Fort Fisher Historic Site & Civil War Museum and largest earthen fort in the south; the North Carolina Military History Museum, which contains indoor and outdoor exhibits, and features artifacts and military vehicles encompassing all branches of service; and the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Center with exhibits on dive sites and a maritime history that dates back to prehistoric times.
For an up-close experience with local wildlife, visitors will want to explore the North Carolina Birding Trail and Fort Fisher State Recreation Center. While the North Carolina Birding Trail offers a glimpse at some of the area's most beautiful species, Fort Fisher is home to nesting loggerhead sea turtles as well as the North Carolina Aquarium, which showcases marine life in the Cape Fear River basin and nearby beaches, estuaries, and ocean. The aquarium features a 230,000-gallon saltwater shark tank; a half-acre Cape Fear Conservatory with alligators, sturgeon, and other freshwater species; an Open Oceans Gallery; an “Exotic Aquatics” showcase featuring lion fish, cuttlefish, a living Pacific Coral reef and Pacific sea nettles; and a rare albino alligator named Luna.
Cold drinks, free music, and family fun are just what the weatherman ordered in the way of the summer's Free Summer Concert Series. These events will take place from June 10 through August 26 at the Fort Fisher Military Recreation Area. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, and beverages will be on sale.
The 15th Annual Kure Beach Double Sprint Triathlon—which will consist of a 375-meter ocean swim, a 1.5-mile run, a 20k bike ride, another 1.5-mile run, and another 375-meter swim—is the first super sprint style triathlon in the U.S. and is set for June 26. A must for the truly adventurous!
And on a more relaxed note, bring the family out to nearby Carolina Beach to enjoy classic seaside amusements and the Film & Fireworks Series from May 29 through September 4. Sundays will feature family-friendly movies at Carolina Beach Park, and Thursdays will feature a live band at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks on the boardwalk at 9 p.m.
Also be sure to save the date for the 26th Annual Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival at Carolina Beach on June 4. It's a full day of live entertainment with the hottest beach music bands in the South.
Leave the daily grind behind – and the summer crowds – and head on over to Kure Beach, North Carolina. With so much to do, the hardest part will be deciding where to begin!
For more information on all summer happenings visit http://www.VisitKure.com. Follow Kure Beach on Facebook and Twitter.