The Best Carolina Beach Itinerary...

(check in time is 4 pm)

-Visit the Carolina Beach Boardwalk:
If you get to the hotel before check in time, feel free to kill the wait time by strolling around the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Here you will find multiple shops, activities, and eateries that will catch your attention.

-Dinner at Surf House:
Once we checked in and got settled into our room, we headed out to dinner at Surf House.
This restaurant was super inviting and intimate, and the food served is fresh & locally sourced!
You will definitely get a high quality meal here.

-After dinner activity at the arcade:
If you have some time to spare after dinner, take the family out to Poppy's Palace Arcade for some light fun before you turn in for the night.

-Start your day with a southern biscuit:
I LOVE a good southern biscuit, and at Southerly Biscuit & Pie you're going to get it!
All their ingredients are locally sourced and made from scratch. You're able to build your own biscuit with a variety of options like: eggs, bacon, sausage, cheese, etc. Build it how you like it!

-Afternoon at Carolina Beach State Park:
After our morning breakfast, with coffee in hand, we headed out to check out Carolina Beach State Park. Here you can take a hike to Sugarloaf Dune! Sugarloaf Dune is a 50-foot sand dune located near the bank of the Cape Fear River where over 5,000 troops camped during the Civil War. You can see if by taking Sugarloaf Trail, which begins at the marina parking lot.

-Lunch by the ocean:
I don't know about you, but I just love eating by the beach! We had a delicious lunch ocean side at the Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar. We ate on their dining patio and took in the sea breeze. We even walked out to the end of the pier, where the tiki bar sits, to watch the waves before we headed out to our next venture.

-Have a good brew:
After lunch we stopped in at Good Hops Brewing. I knew my husband would enjoy a good local brewery & we both ended up having some nice family time there. It's family owned and very kid & pet friendly. We ended up playing a few board games while we were there; there's even a disc golf course too!

-Dinner, Polynesian style:
I highly, highly recommend making a reservation at Salt Fish Restaurant for dinner. The food here is Caribbean & Polynesian influenced from the chefs childhood & travel experiences. I had the jerk shrimp with green beans and coconut rice, while my husband had their most popular dish that serves half a pineapple stuffed with shrimp, fried rice, Chinese sausage, green onions, and sesame seeds.

-For your sweet tooth:
As a family, we always enjoy an after dinner treat to curb our sweet tooth. Don't forget to stop by Celtic Creamery for some Irish ingredient based ice cream!

(final hoorah!)

-A Bagel for every craving:
My husband is from NY so he knows what it takes to make a great bagel, and he definitely enjoyed freshly made bagels for Mr. Bagel Meister. They make 20 different types of freshly made bagels and you can pair it with their house-made spreads or make it into a delectable breakfast sandwich!

-Turtle Talk at Fort Fisher Rec. Area:
We had an informational talk about turtles with the Fort Fisher Recreational Area staff. It was very informative to learn about the life and habitat of different species of turtles. Ryleigh was super into it & has been talking about turtles ever since! I think she has a new found interest with turtles in their natural habitat.
At Fort Fisher, you can stroll along the beaches and maybe even find a few interesting sea species.

-The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher:
We had a some time left after the Turtle Talk to make our way on over to the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, which is just down the road. We explored the marine and interactive exhibits and Ryleigh even got to experience the touch pools filled with sting rays, sea stars, urchins, and horseshoe crabs!

-Lunch before the hitting the road:
We stopped into SeaWitch Cafe for lunch before we hit the road. I loved the ambience and they even had live music playing in the restaurant. So if you're looking for good food & good vibes, SeaWitch Cafe is the place to go!

(Seawitch Cafe & Tiki Bar)

I hope you enjoyed my post on things to do in Carolina Beach!
If you are staying longer than just a weekend, I highly suggest checking out the Carolina Beach website for more places to see & do.

Thank you again to Wilmington and Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau for sponsoring this trip