Aerial view of the Carolina Beach oceanfront

Things to Do in Carolina Beach

Carolina Beach has something for everyone.

Whether you plan to visit Carolina Beach for business or pleasure, our Marriott Courtyard beachfront hotel is ideally located near many of Carolina Beach’s best outdoor activities. During the summer months, there is a movie and fireworks display in the front of the hotel, a great activity for families on vacation. But the fun doesn’t stop at the end of the summer, there are plenty of fun things to do and experience year-round in Carolina Beach. Please click on the topics below to pull up listings and links to the area’s top destinations.


  • Biking trail – 1 mile
  • Bowling – 12 miles
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding – 10 miles
  • Jet-sking – 0.1 miles
  • Jogging/fitness trail – 0.1 miles
  • Biking trail – 1 mile
  • Kayaking – 1 mile
  • Miniature golf – 0.5 miles
  • Nature preserve, trail
  • River rafting – 5 miles
  • Sailing – 1 mile
  • Scuba diving – 1 mile
  • Snorkeling – 1 mile
  • Volleyball
  • Water-skiing – 1 mile
  • Tennis – 0.5 miles


Carolina Beach State Park – 0.7 miles
1010 State Park Road, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Tel: 1-910-458-8206
With a marina providing access to some of North Carolina’s best fishing spots and miles of hiking trails that traverse a variety of distinct habitats–not to mention the presence of the Venus flytrap, one of the world’s most unique carnivorous plants–it’s no wonder Carolina Beach State Park is a popular coastal attraction.  Visit Carolina Beach State Park to relax, enjoy nature or embark on an eye-opening adventure.

Fort Fisher Historic Site – 4.3 miles
118 Riverfront Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449
Tel: 1-910-458-6549
Until the last few months of the Civil WarFt. Fisher kept North Carolina’s port of open to blockade runners supplying necessary goods to Confederate armies inland. By 1865, the supply line through Wilmington was the last remaining supply route open to Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.  All tours of the grounds begin in the visitor center. This recently renovated facility contains an audiovisual program that presents the history of the fort.  The North Carolina Underwater Archaeology headquarters is also located on the property.

North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher – 5.7 miles
900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC 28449
Plan to visit the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher and discover a hidden island treasure. Be sure to tour the shark exhibit, dolphin discovery and visit the loggerhead sea turtle display.  Most visitors can tour the aquarium in about two hours.

Tony Silvagni Surf School – 0.2 miles
308 South Lake Park Blvd. Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Tel: 1-910-232-1592
Surfing is a way of life on the Southern North Carolina coastline. A love of the outdoors and a passion for the ocean is shared by the entire staff of the Tony Silvagni Surf School.  The surf camp runs throughout the months of April, May, June, July, August, & September with week-long morning & afternoon surf camps at Kure Beach, Carolina Beach, & Wrightsville Beach.


The Deck House – 0.1 miles
205 Charlotte Ave, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Tel: 1-910-458-1026
Seafood | Open for dinner

Freddie’s Resturante – 2.5 miles
111 K Ave, Kure Beach, NC 28449
Tel: 1-910-458-5979
Italian | Open for dinner

GulfStream Restaurant – 0.3 miles
78 Myrtle Avenue, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Tel: 1-910-458-8774
American | Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Havana’s Restaurant – 0.3 miles
1 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Tel: 1-910-458-2822
Seafood | Open for dinner

Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar – 0.5 miles
1211 South Lake Park Boulevard, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
Tel: 1-910-458-2000
Seafood | Open for lunch and dinner


Planet Fitness – 5.3 miles
6400 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28412
Tel: 1-910-792-7746


Cape Fear National at Brunswick Forest – 14 miles
1007 Evangeline Drive, Leland, NC 28451
Tel: 1-910-383-3282

The Lakes Country Club – 9 miles
591 South Shore Drive, Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 28461
Tel: 1-910-845-2625

Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation – 22.3 miles
1800 Tommy Jacobs Drive, Leland, NC 28451
Tel: 1-910-383-0999

Wilmington Municipal Golf Course – 5 miles
311 South Wallace Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28409
Tel: 1-910-791-0558


Harbor Club Day Spa – 14 miles
1904 Eastwood Rd, Suite 101, Wilmington, NC 28403
Tel: 1-910-256-5020

I Am Salon & Day Spa – 8 miles
5315 – C South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28412
Tel: 1-910-395-1335

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