A Full Day at Fort Fisher


Fort Fisher: Where Beauty & History Collide

Fort Fisher


Fort Fisher is a small area located in Kure Beach. But this small area has so much to offer you and your family while you’re visiting the Brunswick Islands. There is a little something for every taste. This area has a rich history dating all the way back to the Natives who lived in this area before European settlement. It’s also a place where nature has been preserved and untouched so that visitors can bask in the purity of pristine beaches. And alongside this, there is an aquarium where you and your kids will get up close and personal with the local aquatic life.

Be sure to make Fort Fisher a stop in your Brunswick Islands vacation.


Fort Fisher History

The history of Fort Fisher is dappled and varying. This location was touched by history in a variety of ways. And there are two museums where you and your family will learn how this region gives you a glimpse into the past of our nation.

North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Center

1528 Fort Fisher Boulevard South
Kure Beach, NC
(910) 458-9042

The region around Fort Fisher has been an important waterway from prehistoric times to present day because of its proximity to the Cape Fear River. The hazardous geography of North Carolina’s coast caused many shipwrecks that are now being excavated out of the mud and sediments in and around the coastlands. Because of this, we can glimpse into the past, from Native American dug-out canoes to colonial merchant ships to Civil War sea vessels. At the North Carolina Underwater Archaeology Center, view the rich maritime history of the Brunswick Islands.


151st Anniversary Fort FisherFort Fisher Historic Museum

1610 Fort Fisher Boulevard South
Kure Beach, NC
(910) 458-5538

Fort Fisher was a vital fortification to the Confederacy during the Civil War because it protected the routes that allowed trade into and out of the South. This fort also features huge earthworks that protected the fort from barrage. Visitors to the fort will receive a history of not just this location, but of the conflict between North and South that occurred during the Civil War.


Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

1000 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC 28449
(910) 458-5798

The Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is the perfect place to take your family to enjoy the dunes, marshes and clean beaches that make Brunswick Island the perfect natural getaway. Enjoy this beautiful portion of land and get away from the tourist packed beaches.

To read more about this and other beautiful nature spots, click here.


North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

900 Loggerhead Road
Kure Beach, NC
(910) 772-0500

Spend an afternoon with the fishes. The kids may not be begging to learn about history, but what about petting a shark? There is so much to do at the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher! See an albino alligator, see a sea turtle face to face, climb the Adventure Reef and so much more! Be sure to visit on your Brunswick Islands vacation.


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