Family Activities:

Carolina Beach State Park


Carolina Beach State Park

1010 State Park Rd., Carolina Beach, NC

This expansive state park has lots of activities for families, but four cabins added in the spring of 2016 offer lodging opportunities that are somewhat rustic, but not as rough as tent camping. The cabins are air conditioned and have electricity, but you still need to use the public toilet facilities and cook over an open fire outside. Each cabin has parking, a picnic table and sleeping arrangements for four. Bed linens and towels are provided, but cribs and other amenities are not.

Learn to kayak, sail or stand-up paddleboard, or simply rent a bike and ride the miles of paved roadway though long needle pine trees. Hiking is also an extremely popular activity here. Even smaller kids will enjoy the flat, easy trails. Saturday and Sunday morning ranger hikes along the Venus Fly-Trap Trail showcases one of the few places in the world where this rare plant grows and is protected from poaching.

This is also one of the best fishing locations along the coast. Rent all of the equipment you need from the park concessionaire.