Just to the south of Carolina Beach on Pleasure Island is Kure Beach, this area is well known as the newer more upscale area of Pleasure Island. The Kure Beach area is bustling with rapid development, small beach cottages are intermingled with magnificent newly built luxury homes and condominiums. Kure Beach is considered by many to be the next Wrightsville Beach of the Wilmington vicinity. Many of the larger coastal homes are painted various bright colors giving the area lots of personality and a lively tropical feel. One of the main attractions in Kure Beach is the Kure Beach Fishing Pier. Here visitors will find a variety of small shops and restaurants catering to swarming summertime visitors.
The commute from Kure Beach to Wilmington is just over 25 minutes and is much like Carolina Beach. Traffic varies with time of day and season. Kure Beach must be accessed by US-421 or by boat.
Ocean View Estates, Seawatch, Ocean Dunes Forest, Kure Dunes, Tuckers Square, Hanby Beach, Beachwalk, and Fort Fisher are all areas of Kure Beach with wonderful homes.
Just to the south of Kure Beach is Fort Fisher, an area well known for its part in history as a vital Confederate fort during the American Civil War. Fort Fisher is located in the southern tip of Pleasure Island, conveniently perched on the last bit of high land between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. Fort Fisher is the third most visited historical site in North Carolina and is home to The Fort Fisher Civil War Museum. The area hosts an influx of American History buffs that enjoy browsing the historical artifacts and attending exciting Civil War reenactments on the premises.
Also located in Fort Fisher is the North Carolina Aquarium. The North Carolina Aquarium boasts a wide variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits. Some of the daily programs at the Aquarium include; live animals in touch tanks, dialogs with divers, behind the scene tours and marine life videos. Special activities like area canoe trips, salt marsh explorations and surf fishing workshops are just a few of the fun outdoor adventures offered at the Aquarium. Any visit to the Wilmington, Pleasure Island and Kure Beach area should include a day trip to the North Carolina Aquarium.
One of the most interesting things to do while in the Fort Fisher area is to take a ferry ride to the coastal town of Southport, NC. The North Carolina Department of Transportation operates the vehicle and passenger ferry between Southport and Fort Fisher year round. The ferry ride is the fastest, most economical way to travel from the south side of New Hanover County to the Southport, Brunswick County area. This very scenic 30 minute trip will be one of the highlights of any visit to this wonderful Fort Fisher area.