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Best things to do in Carolina Beach

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Donut Shop
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“Britt's Donuts is located on the boardwalk in Carolina Beach. If you like donuts than you won't want to miss this shop!! Be prepared for a line, but it is worth the trip and the wait as they have been voted many times on the "America's Best" lists. And another thing, it is only open during the summer months.”
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American Restaurant
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“Big place, family-friendly, indoor and outdoor seating, and has a deck over the ocean! Good food and excellent drinks!”
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Beer Garden
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“Open daily until 2 AM 8 S Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428 Voted #1 Dive Bar in NC and Top 25 in the Nation.”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“Have a drink or catch dinner here. Great spot for Thursday night fireworks at the Tiki Bar. The bar is on the end of pier!”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“Great spot for locals in Carolina Beach! Be prepared to wait if you go during the dinner rush. Oyster shooters, crab legs, oysters, hush puppies, peel n eat shrimp, plus! Strap on a bib and get to crackin'!”
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Pedestrian Plaza
“"A stroll on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk features classic seaside family fun with shops, restaurants and nightlife entertainment. During the summer months, the Boardwalk is bustling with the sound of music, laughter and the squeals of kids of all ages as they whoosh and whirl past on the assortment of rides at the seaside amusement park and at extraordinary events like the weekly fireworks and concert series. Annual off-season events that include Boardwalk activities are Christmas by the Sea and the Island of Lights Festival. One of the last remaining beach boardwalks on the East Coast, you can get your fill of famous homemade donuts, ice cream, and fudge, play in the arcade, see the ocean from the Ferris wheel, or dance the night away to live music."”
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Restaurant
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“Great people Great food! I list restaurants in order of my favorites, this one isn't downtown but worth the drive if you are around long enough to venture out. Everything I've tried has been good.”
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Park
“- Vehicles with four wheel drive can drive onto the beach upon purchasing a pass! (Seasonal, 7-day, and daily passes can be purchased online.) Overnight beach camping is also allowed. - This park is located at the north end of the island, just an 8 minute drive. ”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“Have had super meals here. Lovely patio to sit out on when it’s not too hot too!”
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Farmers Market
“This is not a liquor store, it's a market, and it's amazing! They have lots of beer and wine, growlers, coffee, snacks, sandwiches, produce, the list goes on. Lot's of gluten free, vegetarian, local, and organic items.”
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Bar
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“Love the Deck House and on Friday nights the Prime Rib is the best I have ever eaten!!”
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Bar
“Surprisingly tasty, flavorful bar food and a fun, chill environment. Kid friendly before dark. Cornhole, picnic tables and a tiki island vibe.”
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Tapas Restaurant
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“Definitely the adults' night out place! Super yum dishes and cornhole games out front. They serve lunch as well.”
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Athletics & Sports
“See Pleasure Island in style , they rent bikes, tandem bikes, surf boards, kayaks etc. and deliver to you. 👍”
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Bakery
“Voted Best Donut Shop in North Carolina bu Buzzfeed! Once you see their menu, you will quickly see that they are not your typical donut shop! Here's a few signature donuts: Wake N Bacon (Maple glaze & bacon crumbles) Carolina Sand (Maple glaze & cinnamon) Purple Rain (Vanilla glaze, lavender sprinkles, white chocolate chips) Dat Ghost Fire Ghost pepper infused chocolate glaze, jalapeno, chocolate cherry whipped filling) Slimm Shady (Chocolate glaze, salted potato chip crumbs) ”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“Great place for live music, drinks, food, any time of day. Located just a block away! Dine on the outside patio overlooking the canal. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is a local favorite. (Food is great, however, service can be slower, but worth it!) ”
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