Carolina Beach Boardwalk Guide
Carolina Beach is one of North Carolina’s top locations for vacationers and home to the award-winning, fun-filled Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Although the boardwalk is busier during the summer season, it is open year-round making Carolina Beach the perfect destination for any season.
The Carolina Beach Boardwalk was constructed in the 1930s and has been a staple of Pleasure Island ever since. Named one of the top 10 Best Boardwalks in America by Food & Wine Magazine, the Carolina Beach Boardwalk offers fun for the whole family with an amusement park, shops, restaurants, events and more.
Read on to learn more about the Carolina Beach Boardwalk!
Carolina Beach Boardwalk Events:
The Carolina Beach Boardwalk is overflowing with family-friendly events throughout the year. During the summer months, families can enjoy the Fireworks by the Sea and Boardwalk Blast Music Series each week. Other annual events hosted by the Carolina Beach Boardwalk include Christmas by the Sea, Island of Lights New Year’s Eve Celebration, Downtown Carolina Beach Wine & Beer Walk and the Carolina Beach Music Festival.
Here’s a full list of events taking place in Carolina Beach this year.
Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park:
The Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park is a great spot for little kids all the way to adrenaline junkies. Rides include a Ferris wheel, carousel, bumper cars, speed slides, drop towers and more. The Amusement Park is typically open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Located just one block from the ocean, the Carolina Beach Arcade boasts fun games and incredible prizes. Beyond the typical stuffed animals and candy, prizes include remote control trucks, flat-screen TVs, smartphones, electric scooters and more. The arcade is open for year-round fun.
Restaurants on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk:
Another staple of the Carolina Beach Boardwalk is the wide variety of restaurants it offers. From southern fried fare to local beachfront bars there’s surely a place for you. Hurricane Alley’s is a beach bar and grill serving local brews, delicious seafood and live music. Britt’s Donut Shop has been on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk since its creation and serves up one award-winning item – the homemade glazed donut. Featured on Food Network, Carolina Smokehouse boasts a rooftop bar, live music and delicious smoked BBQ creations.
Find more delectable dining options in Carolina Beach.
Carolina Beach Boardwalk Shops:
Escape the beach and attractions with some air-conditioned shopping, located along the Carolina Beach Boardwalk. Ranging from craft stores to beach supplies, any savvy shopper will find a store they love on the boardwalk. Carolina Surf Brand boasts one-of-a-kind t-shirts, trendy hats and stylish children’s apparel. Located just steps from the sand, Souvenirs and More is a classic beachwear store playing cool island tunes and serving up cold soda and water for $1 each. Fuzz Love is a quaint boutique shop with authentic keepsakes and clothing directly imported from Bali.
Discover more great shops in Carolina Beach with our Area Guide.
Parking at the Carolina Beach Boardwalk:
Due to the large number of tourists that frequent the quarter-mile boardwalk, parking can be a bit of a hassle. There are several public lots and street-side parking areas along Hamlet Avenue, Charlotte Avenue, Cape Fear Boulevard and the main strip of Lake Park Boulevard, all of which are metered spaces. One way to avoid the parking hassle is to find a hotel that includes parking with an overnight stay. The Golden Sands Resort includes a parking pass with every room, with the option to purchase a second pass for $20. Our Carolina Beach resort is located just one mile from the Boardwalk – that’s a 3-minute drive, 15-minute walk or $6 Uber ride.
Carolina Beach Hotels near the Boardwalk:
Golden Sands Resort is a top pick among Carolina Beach hotels because we have so much to offer. All of our oceanfront rooms include a private balcony. We also boast indoor and outdoor saltwater pools, an expansive pier, easy access to the Ocean Grill & Tiki Bar and a large stretch of golden sand just steps from the property.
Check out our current room rates and start planning your Carolina Beach vacation today!