This summer, get outdoors to embark on new water adventures and explore like never before. From surfing and stand-up paddleboarding to boating and diving, Carolina Beach is the perfect place for the entire family to learn something new or spend time enjoying your favorite water activity.

Read on for six ways to get out on the water in Carolina Beach this summer:

Surf’s Up

Learn to ride the waves with Olympic Gold Medalist Tony Silvagni at Tony Silvagni Surf School, where you can take private lessons or sign up for week-long day camps. Or, sign the whole family up for a private, small group surfing lesson with the experienced instructors at Odysea Surf School.


Paddle On

In addition to surf lessons, you can also earn your sea legs with a stand-up paddleboarding lesson or rental from Tony Silvagni Surf School or Odysea Surf School. Rent paddleboards from Paddle NC for the whole family to explore the scenic waters surrounding Carolina Beach that once played a major role in the golden age of piracy and the American Revolution. 


Cast a Line

Spend a day on the open waters reeling in a fresh catch at Carolina Beach, home to some of the best fishing in North Carolina. Head to Carolina Beach Fishing Center and Marina to hop aboard a private half- or full-day excursion perfect for the whole family with one of the area’s fishing charter companies. With an experienced captain at the helm to guide you to the perfect fishing spot, all you need to do is kick back and wait for the fish to bite.


Dive In

If an underwater adventure is on your bucket list, head to Carolina Beach for a diving excursion. At Carolina Beach Scuba, you’ll find all the gear you need to discover a shipwreck, explore coral reefs and learn diving basics. Run aground by the guns of the USS Howquah in December 1863, divers and snorkelers can swim out to discover the General Beauregard in the shallow waters just off the shore. You can also set out on a private charter with Second Sport Charters to find the perfect spot to take a deeper dive.  


Boats and More

For a relaxing day on the water the entire family will remember, hop aboard a boat from Carolina Beach Pontoon Rental. Perfect for a morning of fishing and an afternoon of cruising the Intracoastal Waterway, you can be your own captain or have a member of their experienced staff help guide the boat. No need to leave your furry family members at home – the pontoon rentals are also dog friendly! To crank up the fun with a more high-speed adventure, rent jet skis from Carolina Beach Jet Ski Rentals. You can either set out on an adventure on your own or enjoy a guided ride. 


Go with the Flow

Kick back and relax on the water with Kayak Carolina. Offering both private tours and rentals, their experienced instructors will teach you how to safely kayak to some of Carolina Beach’s most scenic sites. Located on site at Carolina Beach State Park, Paddle NC also offers single and tandem kayak rentals. While paddling, learn about the water’s role in American history and its valuable contribution to North Carolina’s ecosystem.


It's easy to stay active on land and sea in Carolina Beach. Find a variety of original outdoor fun and water activities.