May 29, 2011

Enjoy Sun, Sand and Smiles This Summer In Carolina Beach, North Carolina, Where Families Come Out To Play

Carolina Beach, North Carolina
(PRWEB) May 29, 2011

With temperatures and gas prices on the rise this summer, many families are planning affordable getaways to Carolina Beach, N.C. Coastal breezes and free seaside activities combine to offer great value, family fun and a refreshing break for everyone. With a conveniently-accessible location, Carolina Beach is also easy on the gas. Major highways make the trip there quick via I-40, US-74, or NC-421.

Carolina Beach offers the best of a North Carolina beach experience. A variety of free events and affordable activities create a destination that is literally music to the ears. In June, vacationers can dance barefoot in the sand at the Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival—the largest and only music festival held on the beach along the North Carolina coast. There are also free concerts every Friday evening throughout the summer at nearby Fort Fisher.

One of the “must-sees” of Carolina Beach summer vacations is the free “Film & Fireworks Series.” On Sunday evenings, visitors grab beach chairs or blankets and head over to Carolina Beach Lake Park for free, first-run, family-friendly movies. On Thursday nights, the place to be is on the beach, near the boardwalk, where there's a spectacular display of fireworks. And, Linkany night of the week, families can take in the sights and sounds of Carolina Beach's classic seaside amusement park.

Whether combing the beach for shells or treasured sea glass or taking in all the shopping, dining and arcade activity along the boardwalk, there's something to engage and delight everyone. There are water sports galore including surfing, boating and fishing. Or enjoy a slightly slower pace of life at Carolina Beach Lake by renting a paddleboat, canoe or kayak. Landlubbers can enjoy a hike along the many scenic trails at Carolina Beach State Park or rent a surrey bike and pedal through the center of town.

With a wide variety of accommodations and vacation beach house and cottage rental options to suit any budget, the perfect home away from home can be found at Carolina Beach. For participants and spectators, a whole summer of fun can be built around events and activities like this:

On Saturdays through September 3, the Carolina Beach Farmer's Market will be open. Bring the entire family to the Carolina Beach Lake Park and shop the local produce and other delectable goodies.

For all shaggers and beach music fans, the 26th Annual Pleasure Island Beach Music Festival on June 4 is an opportunity to sway to the beat. Widely recognized as the biggest and only beach music festival actually held on the beach on the North Carolina coast, this fun festival is hosted by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce.

June 26 will mark the 15th year of the very first "Formula 1" or super sprint style triathlon in the U.S. The Kure Beach Double Sprint begins with a 375-meter ocean swim followed immediately by a 1.5-mile run to the town hall. Following that, participants begin a 10K bike ride on a closed course. Then it's back on with the running gear for the 1.5-mile run back to the ocean. Participants complete the race by once again swimming the 375-meter course. For those up for the challenge of competition or just into cheering from the sidelines, it's a must!

Enjoy the best fireworks display the Island has to offer on July 3 at the Pleasure Island Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza. Come with family and friends to the beach strand directly in front of the boardwalk in Carolina Beach. Be sure to bring blankets, beach chairs and food and prepare for an unforgettable show.

Experience the Sounds of Fort Fisher: 19th Century Music and Artillery on August 13 and 14 and glimpse the lighter side of life at Fort Fisher with music by North Carolina favorites, the Huckleberry Bothers. Learn about the fort's role in the American Civil War. History buffs will further be delighted by periodic firings of Fort Fisher's 12 lb bronze Napoleon and costumed tours concluding with rifle demonstrations.

For vacationers still eager for more to see and do, historic Wilmington is just 15 miles from Carolina Beach and is home to a treasure trove of artwork, gardens, rich history, culture and entertainment. The summertime kick-off event is the 46th Annual Memorial Day Observance, which will be held at the Battleship North Carolina. Celebrating the Battleship North Carolina’s 50th anniversary as a local attraction, the 2011 Memorial Day service includes guest speaker VADM Carol Pottenger (current Deputy for NATO), an all-service Color Guard, a 21-gun salute by a Marine Corps Honor Guard, military band, Taps, and a memorial wreath cast onto the waters. A Field of Honor will stand in Battleship Park with 400 American flags to serve as tribute to the men and women who served to keep our freedom.

With so much to see and do in Carolina Beach and its surrounding areas, it's no wonder visitors call it the summertime headquarters of sun, sand and smiles!

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