Home to Carolina Beach
and Kure Beach
, Pleasure Island embodies coastal Americana. Its gazebo, Boardwalk, piers, marinas and amusement park add to its nostalgic appeal. When it’s time for revelry, there are party cruises, deep sea fishing excursions, shopping and attractions galore, including a state park where you can wind your way through nature trails in search of the rare indigenous Venus Flytrap
. Step back in time at a Civil War battlefield and museum, or while away hours at the Aquarium’s state-of-the-art ocean and Cape Fear River habitats.
North of Pleasure Island is Wrightsville Beach
, where island life is distinguished by its village charm and cosmopolitan lifestyle. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride or take a harbor cruise along the Intracoastal Waterway. Visit the island’s history museum or spend the day shopping or playing tennis at the park or volleyball on the beach. From sea turtle-watches to exciting watersports, there’s something for those seeking a quiet respite or a more active pace.