Just south of Carolina Beach, in Kure Beach, lies Fort Fisher, the site of the Civil War’s largest land and water battle. Visitors can explore the remaining portion of the gigantic Fort Fisher barriers and see the restored palisade fence. They can stop by the visitors’ center to see exhibits and artifacts recovered from sunken ships, and Fort Fisher also has a scenic trail that sightseers can walk through to see the rear of the fort remains.
Federal Point History Center
Located right in Carolina Beach, the Federal Point History Center offers audio-visual presentations showing the developments of Carolina Beach during the prehistoric, colonial, Civil War, and WWII eras. Visitors can learn more about local history and explore its research library and gift shop. Individuals and groups are welcome!
North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Learning has never been more fun at the aquarium! From interactive exhibits to “touch tanks,” the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is fun day trip for any coastal Carolina visitor. The aquarium is home to hundreds of deep-water species, as well as areas that pay homage to certain ecosystems prevalent in the coastal area. It also hosts numerous events throughout the year, from behind-the-scenes tours to “AquaCamps” that introduce young guests to their aquatic residents.