Beaches That Are Worth the Trip From Raleigh, NC
During the summer, everyone likes to take a day and go to the beach. Whether you are looking for some time on the beach or want to explore the area, you are sure to have a great time. Here are some beaches that are close to Raleigh and are worth the trip.
Wrightsville Beach is North Carolina’s favorite beach destination and is the closest beach to Raleigh, only 131 miles away. Visitors to the beach enjoy boating, swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing, paddle boarding, kayaking, and surfing. You can also try your hand at fishing off of Johnnie Mercer’s Pier, birdwatching, or taking a jog around The Loop, which is a fitness trail.
If you want to take a break from the beach, you can take a walk down Wilmington’s River Walk and enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants. Avid shoppers can visit some of their art galleries, boutiques, or antique shops. You could also try a sightseeing cruise, tour the USS North Carolina, or explore the small history museum.
Carolina Beach is located on Pleasure Island in Cape Fear, 140 miles from Raleigh. The beach is laid back but also offers lots of family fun. While at the beach, you can try some stand-up paddle boarding or kayaking. You can also do some surfing or take the family paddle boating.
If you want, you can walk down the boardwalk and visit various boutiques and shops. For a fun experience, you could check out the arcade, try some carnival rides, or play a round of miniature golf. You can also listen to live music and enjoy delicious food like pizza, ice cream, and doughnuts at some locally owned restaurants. Visitors to Carolina Beach can also enjoy fishing at the pier or hiking at Carolina Beach Lake Park.
Kure Beach is located at the end of Pleasure Island. The beach has miles of white sand and is a tranquil setting with a laid-back atmosphere. The beach has a small town feel but still offers lots of fun restaurants that serve up local cuisine, and it’s home to North Carolina’s oldest pier.
Fish, watch for wildlife or spend some time with the pelicans. The pier is also home to a little shop that rents fishing gear and sells live bait and unique gifts. On a hot day, you will want to buy one of their giant scoops of ice cream.
If you want to leave the beach, take a walk around Fort Fisher State Historic Site, a Civil War Fort. You could also visit Adventure Reef, North Carolina’s aquarium. The aquarium is home to a wide variety of marine animals, including sea turtles, seahorses, moray eels, stingrays, sharks, and alligators.
If you would like more information on Wrightsville, Carolina, or Kure Beach, visit the Wilmington and Beaches website. You can find information about events, shopping, activities, fishing, water sports, and nightlife. These are only three of many beaches that are close to Raleigh. Whichever beach you choose, you are sure to have a great time in the sun.
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