In the 1970's Hans Andersen Kure bought much of the land on Kure Beach, pronounced "Cure-Ee." This beautiful community developed slowly and today remains largely residential, though it has a large group of tourists in the summer. With many cottages, houses and beach motels the area has plenty to support this influx. Officials of the town actively seek to keep much of the natural area from becoming too commercialized, putting in restrictions that buildings are not able to be constructed taller than 35 feet.
The close proximity of the Gulf Stream creates much of the warmth of both the weather and water. The mild temperatures lure tourists and marine life alike. This is why fishing in the area is such a popular sport. A fishing pier with several delicious restaurants bustles throughout the summer months; while others prefer a moonlight walk along the lighted boardwalk.
One of the biggest attractions to this beautiful area is the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher. One of the three state aquariums along the state's eastern coastline, Fort Fisher offers a touch pool and ocean habitat exhibit, gallons of marine wildlife tanks with all types of species - from sea turtles to sharks as well as educational programs. Enjoy the theatre with shows on the history or browse through the large gift shop to pick up something memorable from your trip. Take the 15 minute audio and video tour about the different species in the area. Now, due to expansions throughout the years, the aquarium is three times its original size and the largest in North Carolina. With a 235,000 gallon salt water tank it's not hard to imagine the thousands of species within. The half-acre freshwater conservatory is a fun show of animals unique to the Atlantic Ocean.
There's also a public beach access leading to the aquarium. For ten dollars for a day pass or $40 for the season visitors can drive from the road onto the beach via a four-wheel drive access point. Many take a family day trip to the beach for a fun day of playing on the sand and then venture off to the stunning North Carolina aquarium for a look at the beautiful marine wildlife. Kure Beach remains somewhat small, and though there some commercial zones exist, there are still many private areas for a peaceful hammock nap.