CAROLINA BEACH, NC, March 10, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Visit Carolina Beach this spring and experience an original boardwalk, fascinating festivals and colorful characters that make this North Carolina getaway destination truly one-of-a-kind. Carolina Beach provides pleasure for people seeking the original beach experience from the past with a family-fun spin for today at this spring coastal getaway.
Families, couples and more can stay on a budget with Carolina Beach's travel packages and special spring rates. Many hotels, motels and inns offer March and April rates with prices below $110 a night. Visitors can choose from a blast-from-the-past beach cottage, full-service hotel and more (http://bit.ly/xcOoG0). Once you book that special place to stay, check out some of the places to go and sights to see along the Carolina coast's most unique beach.
Spring In The Outdoors
Carolina Beach State Park (http://bit.ly/qrP77f) is the location of choice for strolling under towering trees, fishing from a full-service marina and hiking to see a variety of beautiful flora and fauna as well as fascinating species of birds and plants in their natural habitats. Venus flytraps, the official state carnivorous plant of North Carolina, are truly unique at the park and provide visitors with an opportunity to view one of the original offerings of Carolina Beach. Plenty of educational and other special events occur at the park every month, and six miles of trails offer many ways to observe the diversity of life in the park. The weather is getting warmer, so walks along the beach and kayak adventures are the perfect way to view spring wildlife and beautiful beach vistas.
If your inner adventurer is looking for more unique outdoor opportunities, venture to Freeman Park (http://bit.ly/qrP77f) to fish, swim, go boating, crabbing or casting for minnows amid lots of wildlife, dunes and majestic sea grasses indigenous to the region. A permit is required, and season, weekend and daily passes are available through the Town of Carolina Beach and other locations (http://bit.ly/jKDdqW).
Good Times And Events For The Entire Family
Feel like having a relaxed Spring Break with carefree locals in an atmosphere you might find at Key West, Fla., without having to drive that far? The Fat Pelican at 8 S. Lake Blvd. (http://www.thefatpelican.com) provides a chance to let your hair down as well as a large walk-in cooler. There are plenty of other nightlife venues as well as restaurants to tempt your palate, including Asian, Caribbean, Greek, Italian, Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine, and seafood (http://bit.ly/pRj9nN). Of course, no visit to Carolina Beach could be truly original without a local signature dish, seafood chowder. On Saturday, April 14 visitors can take part in the 16th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off, sampling from local restaurants and groups, as well as entertain the kids with music, face painting and balloon art. More fun for all ages can be found at the boardwalk, Carolina Beach Jungle Mini Golf & Batting Cages, boating excursions, several lakes and parks, and much more (http://bit.ly/nyFQ0I).
If you want a little culture along with your chowder, make sure to check out Artful Living Group at 112 Cape Fear Blvd. (http://bit.ly/jKDdqW). Located in the heart of Carolina Beach's central business district, this is an interesting, creative studio and shop that includes the work of more than 90 artisans for viewing and purchase. Squigley's Gift Gallery at 208 S. Lake Park Blvd. has unique handmade painted art/crafts and home decor gifts in all media, while Primrose Cottage at 1018 N. boasts a strong assortment of consignment, antiques, furniture, previously enjoyed collectibles, beach and nautical gifts, children's clothes, and home and yard decor. More art galleries, shopping complexes and specialty boutiques covering books to clothes are easily within reach as well (http://bit.ly/nyFQ0I).
With all of the getaway options available to spring vacationers, it is easy to see why visitors love this town with a laid-back coastal vibe. There are many getaway destinations in North Carolina, but there is only one Carolina Beach.
To find out about more about weekend getaways ready to customize at Carolina Beach, visit http://www.visitcarolinabeachnc.com.
8th Annual Steve Haydu St. Patricks Lo-Tide Run
Saturday, March 17
16th Annual Budweiser Wing Fling
Saturday, March 24
16th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-Off
Saturday, April 14
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ABOUT CAROLINA BEACH, N.C.:
Carolina Beach is an original and unique North Carolina beach. This recently renovated seaside town offers family-friendly fun all year long where visitors can experience a classic boardwalk, interesting festivals and colorful characters. For more information, visit http://www.visitcarolinabeachnc.com or call (800) 641-7082.