Carolina Beach State Park
Wind your way through habitats along nature trails with more than 30 species
of trees, shrubs and plants, including the rare Venus-flytrap. The State Park
has approximately 700 acres with a visitor center, fishing pier, picnic and
camping (Area 2 campsites are wheelchair accessible), marina, trails, and water
activities. Educational programs are offered. For information call (910) 458-8206.
Carolina Beach Lake Park
Carolina Beach Lake was once noted in the Guiness Book of World Records as
being the freshwater lake closest to salt water. It is a great place for a
picnic and the site of Pleasure Islands Light Up The Lake celebration
during the holiday season. This 11-acre lake offers 4 gazebos, restrooms, sheltered
picnic area and playground equipment.
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
North Carolina Aquarium is one of three state aquariums along our coast. It
offers a variety of hands-on programs while visitors marvel at sharks, eels,
sea turtles and other fascinating forms of marine life. Educational programs
area offered, and popular exhibits include the touch pool and the state-of-the-art
ocean habitat. For information call (910) 458-8257.
Pleasure Island is one of the premier bottom, pier and surf fishing sites on
the east coast. For deep-sea fishing, the Carolina Beach Yacht Basin is the
center of boating activities and boasts one of the largest recreational fishing
fleets north of Florida. Charter boats and head boats leave the municipal marina
each day and return with catches of grouper, snapper, dolphin, flounder, plus
much more. Bait, poles and tackle are provided, but you may bring your own.
the northern extension of the Island down to the southern tip,
surfcasters land red drum, flounder, bluefish, plus much more.
For the pier fishermen, two fishing piers are located along
the seven miles of Pleasure Island. In addition to local marinas,
public N.C. Wildlife boat access ramps are available at both
ends of the Island. No license is required to saltwater sports
For the competitive fishermen, Pleasure Island hosts three fishing tournaments
each year: the Atlantic Anglers Spring Classic Surf Fishing Tournament
in May, the East Coast Got-Em-On-Live-Bait Classic King Mackerel Tournament
by the in July, and the Carolina Beach Surf Fishing Tournament in October.
Island of Lights
The entire Island is illuminated with Christmas displays
from mid-November through New Years Eve. Local
residents and businesses along with the town municipalities
join together to create a magical holiday wonderland
for everyone to enjoy. The Island of Lights Committee
sponsors this event.