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Events and Programs

Carolina Beach State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful.

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


Join a Park Ranger at 2:00 p.m. in the Flytrap Trail Parking Area for a hike along the trails. Learn about different habitats that exist within Carolina Beach State Park and how each habitat affects the plants and animals that call the park home. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. For more information, call 910-458-8206.

Date of Event:
Repeats every week every Saturday until Sat Feb 24 2018.
Sat, 01/06/2018 - 2:00pm, Sat, 01/13/2018 - 2:00pm, Sat, 01/20/2018 - 2:00pm, Sat, 01/27/2018 - 2:00pm, Sat, 02/03/2018 - 2:00pm, Sat, 02/10/2018 - 2:00pm, Sat, 02/17/2018 - 2:00pm, Sat, 02/24/2018 - 2:00pm
Start Location:
Flytrap Trail Parking Area

You’re invited to look into the universe during the fourth annual North Carolina Statewide Star Party, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival. Come learn about the night sky. Join the Cape Fear Museum and Carolina Beach State Park for a fun, free, family astronomy event. The Cape Fear Astronomy Society will have telescopes set up for viewing the night sky, and there will be vendors and many activities for everyone to participate in. Parking will be at the Marina area with shuttles provided. Bring a flashlight and some bug repellant. Event will happen rain or shine. For more information contact the park.

Date of Event:
Fri, 04/20/2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Start Location:
Meet at Marina

Join us for a fun filled day at the Carolina Beach State Park Marina. There will be classic boats on display, safety demonstrations, vessel safety checks, boating information and the Underwater Archaeology will be on site with displays and information. There will also be kayaks and paddle boards and much, much, more. Food truck vendors will be on site for lots of food and refreshments. Bring the whole family out for the fun. Events will be ongoing from 10 am to 4 pm at the park marina. For more information, call the park office at 910-458-8206.

Date of Event:
Sat, 05/12/2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Start Location:

Carolina Beach State Park

1010 State Park Road PO Box 475
Carolina BeachNC 28428
910-458-7770 Marina
Latitude: 34.047297
Longitude: -77.906605

Park Hours:

All park facilities are closed on Christmas Day.

Dec & Jan: 7am - 6pm
Feb & Nov: 7am - 7pm
March, April & Oct: 7am - 9pm
May - Sept:  7am - 10pm

Park Office
8am - 5pm daily

Visitor Center 
8am - 5pm daily

Dec & Jan 8am - 5:30pm
Nov & Feb:  8am - 6:30pm
March, April, & Oct: 8am - 8:30pm
May - Sept: 8am - 9:30pm

Fuel Dock
Nov - Feb: 8am - 5pm
March, April, Sept, Oct: 8am - 7pm
May - Aug: 8am - 8pm