When most people visit southeastern North Carolina, they flock to well known shores like Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach. If you head a little further south, however, you’ll find a hidden gem that flies under the radar. Yes, that’s right—we’re talking about the one and only Kure Beach! This small, seaside town has all the beauty of its bigger, busier neighbors, but offers a slower, more relaxed pace of life. It’s a great destination if you’re looking to unwind and truly get away from it all. Of course, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do in Kure Beach. Quite the opposite! In fact, here are five ways to make the most of your Kure Beach vacation. Get ready for the best trip of your life!

Visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Open 9am to 5pm daily, the North Carolina Aquarium is one of the top attractions in the state. Here, families can connect with the natural world and get up close and personal with all the ocean’s creatures. Tickets are between $11 and $13—get them here.

Get Down at Boogie in the Park

Every first and third Sunday, enjoy a free concert at the Kure Beach Ocean Front Park! The shows start at 5PM, are hosted by the Town of Kure Beach, and feature local bands and fan favorites. Grab a lawn chair and a blanket, pack some snacks and drinks, and get ready to boogie! See the full schedule here.

Eat at Jack Mackerel’s Island Grill 

At Jack Mackerel's Restaurant, you'll find all your favorites; seafood, chicken, steak and Lobster dinners inspired by the flavorful and colorful ingredients of the Islands. They specialize in delicious Caribbean inspired dishes as well as locally influenced meals for the whole family. Check them out on Facebook. 

Explore Zeke’s Island Reserve 

Zeke's Island Reserve is an important shorebird habitat and features tidal flats, slat marshes, dunes, and ocean beaches. The Reserve protects coastal habitats for long-term research, education, and stewardship. The lagoon-like intertidal complex found at the Zeke's Island Reserve is one of the most important shorebird feeding habitats on the East Coast. Bird species such as dunlin, black-bellied plovers, short-billed dowitchers, white ibis, and great blue herons as well as black ducks, mallards, and pintails have been recorded here. Learn more! 

Rent a Beach House for Your Trip 

Whether you’re planning the perfect staycation or visiting Kure Beach from out of town, renting a beach house for your trip is the best way to truly experience all this unique coastal town has to offer. Renting a place right on the beach ensures that you won’t waste time driving to and from the shore, and that everything you need to have the ultimate vacation is close by. It’s the best way to immerse yourself and reap the rewards! 

At Network Real Estate, we help connect visitors with a range of beach house rentals in all sizes, styles, and locations. No matter what your needs, we’ll find the right fit for you. Contact us today, and let the fun begin!