Spring is the ideal time to embark on an adventure to Carolina Beach, where you’ll find plenty of outdoor excursions, active adventures and wellness activities perfect for a family escape, vacation with friends or solo getaway. Stay active on land and sea with the help of area outfitters, offering watersports galore, nature excursions and relaxing yoga on the shore.  

Read on for our guide to getting active outdoors in Carolina Beach: 

Take to the Water 

Explore Carolina Beach’s surrounding waters with a variety of experiences from standup paddleboarding (SUP) and kayaking to boating and fishing. Perfect for all levels of experience and any size group, find adventure on a SUP tour through Carolina Beach State Park with Paddle NC. Experience history and nature at the same time by traveling the same waters that played major roles in the golden age of piracy, the American Revolution and the Civil War. You can also explore the state park by kayak with a rental from Pleasure Island Rentals, offering an extensive inventory of beach gear and accessories that can be delivered right to the door of your hotel or vacation rental.   


Learn to surf alongside Olympic gold medalist Tony Silvagni at Tony Silvagni Surf School. Sign up for a surf camp, group or individual lesson, where the focus is on having fun and being safe in the water at the same time. You can also opt for a rental if you’re looking to venture out on your own. Or, catch a wave with the experienced instructors at Odysea Surf School


Adventure below the surface on a diving excursion with Carolina Beach Scuba, where you’ll explore artificial reefs, fossil ledges, coral reefs and more. Kids and teens ages 10 and up can partake in shallower dive options, certifying as junior divers. In nearby Kure Beach, take a guided tour of North Carolina’s first heritage dive site, The Condor, one of the most well-preserved shipwrecks off the state’s coast.   

Discover a new and unique kind of boating experience while getting in a workout with Sea Legs Pedal Pub. A skilled licensed captain steers while you and your fellow passengers propel the boat forward by pedaling through the area’s scenic waters. Perfect for a fun outing with friends or adults traveling solo, you can bring whatever type of beverages you like, with options for both public mixers and private group cruises. 


Explore Nature by Land 

Set out on a laid-back bike ride or cycling excursion and spend the afternoon enjoying the Carolina Beach sunshine while connecting with nature. With plenty of sights to see on dry land, there’ll be no shortage of outdoor fun. 

Rent bikes for the whole family from Pleasure Island Rentals or Paddle NC and discover the island’s various scenic locales on two wheels. Take your rental and explore area parks and biking trails like the 1.2-mile Island Greenway, a paved path that takes pedestrians and bikers safely through town. You can also bike along the path around Carolina Beach Lake Park, located just two blocks from the ocean.  


Discover island history on a self-guided bicycle tour. Navigate Carolina Beach and nearby Kure Beach and Fort Fisher at your own pace along easygoing roadways and paths while learning about the area’s historical significance and points of interest. Find a map of the bike tour

Find Your Flow 

Take your morning workout to the sea with Salty Dog Yoga & Surf. Find your Zen during Rise and Shine beach yoga classes, where you’ll flow through a series of poses to energize and recharge your body. Or, check out one of the studio’s new barre or Pilates classes for the opportunity to challenge your strength and build endurance. 


Get active while getting away on your next spring escape to Carolina Beach!