Things To Do

While staying at Dry Dock Motel in Carolina Beach NC there are many events, activities, and things to do. It’s your choice whether you want to travel OTB (what we call Over the Bridge!) or stay on the Island. Within walking distance from our motel, you can enjoy a night out having dinner at one of the restaurants here, have fun with the kids at the boardwalk, enjoy shopping at the downtown business district, or relax at the beach.

Here are just a few activities that you might consider during your stay.

Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Carolina Beach Ave S. & Harper Ave
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Location: Carolina Beach

Ranked one of the top 10 boardwalks in the country by Food & Wine magazine, a stroll on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk features classic seaside family fun with shops, restaurants and nightlife entertainment. During the summer months, the Boardwalk is bustling with the sound of music, laughter and the squeals of kids of all ages. There is an assortment of rides at the seaside amusement park and events like the weekly fireworks and concert series. Annual off-season events that include Boardwalk activities are Christmas by the Sea and the Island of Lights Festival. One of the last remaining beach boardwalks on the East Coast, you can get your fill of famous homemade donuts, ice cream, and fudge, play in the arcade, see the ocean from the Ferris wheel, or dance the night away to live music.

Carolina Beach Fishing Pier

1810 Canal Drive
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Location: Carolina Beach
Local: 910.458.5518

One of the few piers left on Pleasure Island where a person can relax with friends and catch a variety of species of fish. It is a full-service pier with a small restaurant as well as a tackle shop with a variety of tackle and baits available to customers. Family owned and operated with a home town feeling. We suggest a call to them for hours and rates.

Carolina Beach Lake Park

Lake Park Blvd & Atlantic Ave
Carolina Beach, N 28428
Location: Carolina Beach

The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors free movies at the Lake on Sunday nights throughout the summer.  Bring your chairs and find a spot on the lawn where the whole family can enjoy newly released movies. This is a true summertime treat for adults and kids alike.   Click here for the most current movie listing.

Carolina Beach Lake was once noted in the Guiness Book of World Records as being the freshwater lake closest to salt water. This 11-acre lake offers 4 gazebos, restrooms, sheltered picnic area, an amphitheater and playground equipment. Paddleboats operate daily during the summer and weekends/holidays during the shoulder seasons. For paddleboat rentals call 910. 617.9792.

Carolina Beach State Park

1010 State Park Rd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Location: Carolina Beach
Local: 910.458.8206

Enjoy the 761 acres of natural beauty at the Carolina Beach State Park on Pleasure Island.  For your convenience the park has a marina providing access to some of North Carolina’s best fishing spots. It also has a secluded camping area beneath towering trees and six miles of hiking trails that traverse a variety of distinct habitats so you can enjoy the true natural environment of the area. Other amenities include a marina, picnic area, and a visitor’s center featuring natural history exhibits.

Pocosin wetlands, a type of wetland that supports rare carnivorous plant species, are found in the park. Carnivorous plants found at this park include Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, butterworts and bladderworts.

November-February: 8am-6pm
March-April: 8am-8pm
May-August: 8am-10pm
September-October: 8am-8pm

Free unless camping over night or utilizing marina.

Fort Fisher State Historic Site

1610 Fort Fisher Blvd South
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Location: Kure Beach
Local: 910.458.5538

Fort Fisher was a Confederate Fort during the American Civil War. It protected the vital trading routes of the port at Wilmington, North Carolina, from 1861 until its capture by the Union in 1865. The fort was located on one of Cape Fear River’s two outlets to the Atlantic Ocean on what was then known as Federal Point and today is known as Pleasure Island.

The tour trail is approximately one-quarter-mile long and encircles the remains of the fort on the river side of the highway. Exhibit panels containing photos and text are located at many locations along the tour trail. A restored gun emplacement is located on top on one of the batteries. The visitor center and rest rooms are fully accessible and feature a small gift shop.

Tues-Sat: 9am-5pm.
Closed on Sundays, Mondays, and most major holidays.

No admission fees. There is a suggested donation at some special events.

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Location: Kure Beach
Local: 910.458.8257
Toll Free: 800.832.3474

The focus of the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, in Kure Beach, is to educate visitors about the waters of the Cape Fear region. The aquarium was recently named among the Best Aquariums in the United States by the Travel Channel and is one of the Top Ten Attractions in North Carolina. Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher discover more than they imagine. Stunning exhibits showcase a variety of aquatic environments and wildlife. Take a journey down the Cape Fear River to the coastal waters. Begin an aquarium adventure along winding garden walkways experiencing waterfalls, bays and swamps. Explore marine environments from salt marshes and tidal pools to a two-story open ocean exhibit featuring sharks, rays and eels. Expect close encounters with wildlife along the way! Meet Luna, a rare albino alligator. Match wits with Holly, a life-like bottlenose dolphin.

Talk with divers swimming among sharks and eels. Come face-to-face with a loggerhead sea turtle. Climb and play on Adventure Reef. Find fossils in Shark Tooth Creek. Touch sea stars, horseshoe crabs and even a live shark! Visit one of North Carolina’s most popular attractions located 15 miles south of Wilmington on U.S. 421, south of Kure Beach and less than a mile from the Fort Fisher Ferry terminal.

Daily 9am-5pm
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

Adults 13-61: $8
Seniors 62+: $7
Children 3-12: $6

Freeman Park Recreation Area

North end of Canal Drive
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Location: Carolina Beach

At the north end of Carolina Beach, visitors have long enjoyed the beach area now known as Freeman Park. Whether coming to the area to fish, swim, go boating, crabbing or casting for minnows, people love Freeman Park. The park is located approximately one mile north on Canal Drive. Camping and 4-wheel drive access is allowed with proper permits. Restrictions/codes are enforced. Seasonal, seven-day and daily passes are available at several locations around Carolina Beach.

Kure Beach Ocean Front Park/Pavilion/Pier

105 Atlantic Avenue
Kure Beach, NC 28449
Location: Kure Beach

Ocean Front Park is Kure Beach’s largest public green space. The ocean front park is located in the heart of the downtown area near the Kure Beach Fishing Pier. This wonderful addition to Kure Beach includes an open-air pavilion with a stage for concerts, weddings and events, public restrooms, a walking path, a play area for children, swings and rain gardens – all along the oceanfront!

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