North Carolina Has Some of the Most Amazing Beaches in the World, But That’s Not All!
The beaches of North Carolina are truly one of the most amazing gems of this state. We have miles and miles of beaches, each with their own distinct characteristics. Some beaches are more secluded, and others are much more central to all the activity. Both have their charms, and you’ll want to explore several of them to decide on your absolute favorite.
There are so many things to do on the Coast of North Carolina, that you’ll be blown away by all the choices. Here are a few of our favorites.
1. Visit the beach, and soak up some rays. We have beautiful, sandy beaches here in North Carolina. There are plenty of state parks, and public parking access points at nearly every beach along the coast. That means you can find parking, and get to the beach easily.
2. Fort Fisher State Park is home to a beautiful beach, with great access, but also is the site of the Civil War’s largest Amphibious (Land and Water) Battle. It still has the remaining portion of the gigantic Fort Fisher earthworks, along with a restored palisade fence and impressive seacoast gun, which sits near the Visitors Center. The Visitors Center & Gift Shop includes a video, exhibits, and artifacts recovered from sunken ships. A scenic trail, shaded by gnarled live oaks, leads past the earthworks, around to the rear of the fort remains.
3. Visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Explore North Carolina’s marine life from salt marshes and tidal pools to a two-story open ocean exhibit featuring sharks, rays and eels. Meet Luna, a rare albino alligator, as well as a rescued bald eagle. Feel the smooth skin of a gliding stingray and come face-to-face with a loggerhead sea turtle. Stroll through the Aquarium’s outdoor garden and discover aquatic wildlife at daily dive shows and animal encounters.
4. The Battleship North Carolina saw fierce combat in the Pacific Rim in World War II. Now, she lives a bit more quiet life in Wilminton, NC, and is visited regularly by school children, and tourists. As you go below decks, you can imagine how hot and cramped the ship must have been when it was in active duty. Bunks are lined up to 5 high in places. Go, and explore this part of our history, and imagine how it must have been.
5. Visit the Famous Shackleford “Ponies” who are actually wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs. They live in two locations in North Carolina’s Outer Banks- Corolla to the North, and Shackleford to the south. In both cases, you can take a tour to visit the ponies, and see how they live- a real treat.
6. There are 7 beautiful Light Houses in North Carolina. 6 of the 7 lighthouses allow visitors to climb to their tops in season. The coast off of North Carolina was once known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, and these lighthouses were installed to reduce the number of shipwrecks off the coast.
7. Magic Mountain Fun Park. Enjoy the water slides, and water park in the heat of the North Carolina Summer.
8. Deep Sea Fishing. You can charter a boat and go out and enjoy deep sea fishing. Spend a day in the sun, enjoying the breeze, while catching some of the Atlantic’s most amazing fish out there!
9. Carolina Surf School. Learn how to surf on the North Carolina Beaches! We have beautiful waves, that lend themselves well to beginning surfers.