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ATLANTIC BEACH

 

AVON BEACH

 

BALDHEAD ISLAND

 

BEAUFORT

 

BUXTON

 

CALABASH

 

CAROLINA BEACH

 

CAROVA

 

CASWELL BEACH

 

CEDAR ISLAND

 

COROLLA BEACH

 

DUCK

 

EMERALD ISLE

 

FORT FISHER

 

FRISCO

 

HAMMOCKS BEACH

 

HATTERAS

 

HOLDEN BEACH

 

INDIAN BEACH

 

KILL DEVIL HILLS

 

KITTY HAWK

 

KURE BEACH

 

NAGS HEAD

 

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH

 

OAK ISLAND

 

OCEAN ISLE BEACH

 

OCRACOKE

 

PEA ISLAND

 

PINE KNOLL SHORES

 

ROANOKE ISLAND

 

RODANTHE

 

SALVO

 

SANDERLING

 

SHALLOTTE

 

SOUTHERN SHORES

 

SOUTHPORT

 

SUNSET BEACH

 

SURF CITY

 

TOPSAIL BEACH

 

TOPSAIL ISLAND

 

WAVES

 

WILMINGTON

 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH

 

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Fort Fisher was a Confederate fort during the American Civil War. It protected the port at Wilmington from 1861 until its capture by the Union in 1865. The fort was located on one of Cape Fear River's two outlets to the Atlantic Ocean. Known today as Pleasure Island.

 

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area is a North Carolina state park in New Hanover County. Located near Kure Beach, it includes the former location of Fort Fisher, site of a major naval engagement during the American Civil War. When Fort Fisher fell on January 15, 1865, its defeat helped seal the fate of the Confederacy.

 

Visitors are invited to tour the remains of the fort's land face, which features an impressive reconstruction of a 32-pounder seacoast gun at Shepherd's Battery. Shaded by live oaks, a scenic trail leads tourists from the visitor center past the gigantic earthworks and around to the rear of the fort. Guided tours and wayside exhibits provide historical orientation. Other exhibits include items recovered from sunken blockade-runners. Fort Fisher, just beyond Kure Beach, allows you to step back in time with a trip to the Fort Fisher Civil War Museum and then discover the amazing world of the sea at the North Carolina Aquarium, all in one day.

 

You will also find the Fort Fisher State Recreation Site here, with four miles of undeveloped beach at your disposal. The Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to showcase the attractions of Fort Fisher, including the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher, the Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Museum, and the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area.

 

 

 

Entrance Sign at Fort Fisher AquariumThe North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher features a 235,000 gallon saltwater tank that's home to sharks, stingrays, moray eels, and other fish from nearby waters. A 22,000 square foot conservatory, along with live exhibits of sharks, sea turtles, alligators, and other native marine life.

 

Visitors now encounter not only native species but also tropical sea snakes from the Pacific, fluorescent cuttlefish from the Mediterranean, and grotesquely beautiful Indo-Pacific lionfish. Daily programs feature live animals, marine life videos, and special activities.Twice a day, scuba divers enter the multistory tank and answer questions from the visitors. Plan on a couple of hours to tour the aquarium, more if you’d like to search for relics in the Fossil Hunt or visit the gift shop.

 

The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher has more than trippled in size since opening. The new North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher has become the Lower Cape Fear’s top visitor attraction. The largest of the state’s three public aquariums, the 93,000-sq-ft facility celebrates the spectrum of life of the Cape Fear River basin, nearby beaches and estuaries.

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 Carolina Coastal Living 2014