Carolina Beach is a place where the classic beach town vibe of the past still lives on. It’s a place where southern hospitality is abundant. But most importantly, it’s a place where you can truly kick back and relax while you soak up the sun.


If you’re planning on renting a vacation house in Carolina Beach, NC this summer, you’re probably looking for some ideas for what to do while you’re here. The truth is that it’s hard to choose because there are just that many fun things to do! That’s why we’ve created a list designed to help make sure our renters see the best attractions and activities in Carolina Beach.



Visit The Carolina Beach Boardwalk

There aren’t many boardwalks left on United States beaches, but ours sure is one of the best. The boardwalk at Carolina Beach is packed full of fun, from rides and games to shopping, bars, restaurants, and more. You can even rent a bike or surrey and enjoy people watching as you ride up and down the boardwalk.


Take Surfing Lessons

Tony Silvagni Surf School is run by pro surfer and gold medalist Tony Silvagni, and offers surfing lessons for adults and kids. If you’re looking for an activity that’s a little slower-paced, they also offer paddleboard lessons and kayak tours. Plus, if you’re just looking for a boogie board to enjoy at the beach, or need to borrow an umbrella and some chairs for a few hours, Tony Silvagni Surf School has those, too!


Head Down to Fort Fisher

The Fort Fisher Historic Site is a great place to stroll around with the whole family. You’ll learn so much about Wilmington’s history, as well as the First and Second Battles of Fort Fisher. Or, if it’s too hot or rainy to be outside, the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher offers a ton of great exhibits and daily events like animal encounters and feedings.


Do Some Fishing

With miles of sand, there are plenty of shore fishing opportunities up and down our coast. The Carolina Beach Fishing Pier also offers the perfect stop to cast your line, plus a bait shop if you need any supplies. Or, you could book a fishing charter with Carolina Explorer and head offshore to see what you can find.


Grab Some Donuts

You probably don’t know this, but Carolina Beach is actually sort of famous for its great donuts! Wake N Bake Donuts' specialty is donut flavors and combinations that most people have never even dreamed of and it’s won them the title of Best Donuts in North Carolina. They also have a variety of fritters, croissants, and cinnamon rolls! Carolina Beach is also home to Britt’s Donut Shop. Since 1939, Britt’s has been serving up their classic glazed donuts alongside cold glasses of milk. Their offering is simple, but it’s so delicious that you might just be able to eat a dozen all by yourself.


Take a Hike at One of Our Parks

You may not think that our humble little beach town would be home to so much green space, but you’d be wrong! We have several beautiful parks to choose from. Carolina Beach State Park has several hiking trails and gives visitors the unique opportunity to catch a glimpse of the rare Venus flytrap in its natural environment. Freeman Park allows visitors to drive right onto the beach and enjoy some seaside camping. And don’t forget Carolina Beach Lake Park offers trails, kayaking, and a ton of cool events and festivals!


Treat Yourself to Fudge

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you can certainly satisfy it at Carolina Beach. Not only does The Fudgeboat make homemade fudge in a wide variety of flavors, but they also sell handmade chocolates, popcorn, nuts, and more. It’s the perfect place to grab some gifts to give your friends, family, and coworkers!


Stop by the Tiki Bar

Just a short drive from the boardwalk, is the Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar. This long-standing Carolina Beach tradition features a full-service indoor/outdoor restaurant along with a charming tiki-hut-style bar at the end of the short pier. It’s a great place for families to grab a bite during the day or for the adults to enjoy a cocktail during happy hour.


Check Out One of the Nearby Islands

If you’re feeling like an adventure, you can always rent or charter a boat to one of our local islands. Masonboro Island offers over 5,600 acres of beaches and forests to enjoy and explore. Additionally, Zeke’s Island Reserve is another gorgeous island near Carolina Beach, complete with beautiful flora and fauna and plenty of opportunities for swimming and boating.


So you see, there are plenty of reasons to visit Carolina Beach, NC, and even more fun things to do when you get here. Or you could always just grab a chair and a good book and simply enjoy a relaxing day laying on the beach. Of course, your beach vacation will be that much more enjoyable if you’re just a few steps off the sand. Check out our Carolina Beach vacation rentals to find the perfect place to stay for your next vacation, or call us at 800-830-2118 to speak to a vacation rental agent.