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Ranked #1 of 10 attractions in Kure Beach
Category: Historic Sites; Outdoors
Old historic fort that was the site of two major Civil War battles.
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Category: Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure Beach (a short drive from Wilmington), enjoy an... more » Owner description: Visitors to the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, located in Kure Beach (a short drive from Wilmington), enjoy an exploration of “The Waters of the Cape Fear.” Journey down the Cape Fear River – from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, reefs and the open ocean - discovering unique habitats and aquatic wildlife. Meet a rare albino alligator named Luna. See the only spotted eagle ray on exhibit in the state. Get eye-to-eye with a loggerhead sea turtle. Talk to a SCUBA diver swimming with sharks rays and eels. Discover N.C.’s fiercest predator at the interactive Megalodon Exhibit. Touch sea stars, horseshoe crabs and even sharks! Play outside in the Adventure Reef play area. Free daily programs include dive presentations, animal feedings and encounters. Explore more with behind-the-scenes tours, outdoor adventures, classes, camps and more. Open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Tickets available at the door and online. « less
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Ranked #3 of 10 attractions in Kure Beach
Category: Water sports; Adventures
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Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Outdoors
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Ranked #5 of 10 attractions in Kure Beach
Category: Historic Sites; Military Museums; Cultural
Owner description: At the dawn of the American Civil War, the Confederacy took control of land in southeastern North Carolina near one of the... more » Owner description: At the dawn of the American Civil War, the Confederacy took control of land in southeastern North Carolina near one of the two outlets to the Atlantic Ocean from the Cape Fear River. Fort Fisher was the largest earthwork fortification in the Confederacy and was constructed to protect this vital opening. Ships running the Federal blockade of the port of Wilmington, known as blockade runners, supplied necessary goods to Confederate armies inland. By late 1863, the supply line through Wilmington was the last remaining supply route open to Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. The Federal Army and Navy attacked Fort Fisher December 24, 1864. After two days of fighting with little headway, Federal commanders concluded that the fort was too strong to assault and withdrew their forces. However, they returned for a second attempt on January 12, 1865. For two and one-half days, Federal ships bombarded the fort on both land and sea face. On the fifteenth, more than 3,300 Union infantry, including the 27th U.S. Colored Troops, assaulted the land face. After several hours of fierce hand-to-hand combat, Federal troops captured the fort that night. The Confederate army evacuated their remaining forts in the Cape Fear area, and within weeks Union forces overran Wilmington. Once Wilmington fell, the supply line of the Confederacy was severed, and the Civil War was soon over. This site has been declared national historic landmark. Along with a restored palisade fence, approximately ten percent of the fort still stands. Guided tours, outside panel makers and museum exhibits provide a historical point of reference. Shaded by gnarled live oaks, a scenic trail leads tourists from the visitor center past the gigantic earthworks and around to the rear of the fort. Visitors are invited to tour the remains of the fort's land face featuring an impressive reconstruction of a 32-pounder seacoast gun at Shepherd's Battery. Fort Fisher State Historic Site is located in Kure Beach on what was then known as Federal Point and today as Pleasure Island. « less
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Ranked #6 of 10 attractions in Kure Beach
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Ranked #8 of 10 attractions in Kure Beach
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Ranked #9 of 10 attractions in Kure Beach
Category: Tours; Adventures
Jeep tours to explore Pleasure Island, a barrier island on the southern coast of North Carolina.
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Category: Surf Camps; Adventures
Owner description: Kure Beach Day Camp facilitates safe and exciting learn-to-surf adventures for children, teens, and adults. We have a program... more » Owner description: Kure Beach Day Camp facilitates safe and exciting learn-to-surf adventures for children, teens, and adults. We have a program that’s perfect for you! No experience is required as we cater to beginners. Day camps and lessons are offered at Kure Beach for ages 6+. Come learn the incredible sport of surfing from our team of professional instructors and have an experience you will never forget! « less
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