Things To Do Near Carolina Beach
Are you looking for things to do near Carolina Beach? You’ve come to the right place. Carolina Beach boasts miles of beachfront, kid-friendly activities, and a family-friendly atmosphere. At Golden Sands Beach Resort we want to make sure our guests are entertained to the fullest. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best things to do near Carolina Beach.
Visit the Carolina Beach Boardwalk
The Carolina Beach Boardwalk is one of the area’s largest attractions. If you’re visiting during the summer months, the boardwalk should be first on your list of places to visit. It’s an entertainment hotspot for attractions, shopping, and all-around family fun. Even during the off-season, the boardwalk hosts seasonal festivals, entertainment, and so much more.
Carolina Beach Boardwalk Amusement Park
From Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, the Carolina Beach Amusement Park is open for business. Travelers can delight in rides, games, food, and entertainment. The park offers individual tickets, ticket bundles and $25 unlimited ride wristbands. We recommend the wristband for unlimited fun! Pro tip: Visit on a Thursday night to see their weekly fireworks show accompanied by live performances!
Parking at the boardwalk can become challenging during the summer season. The Carolina Beach Boardwalk offers several paid parking lot and single space options. Carolina Beach Boardwalk is now taking advantage of the Parkmobile app! Set your account up free and pay by the hour or by the day. Avoid the hassle by finding a hotel with easy boardwalk access and free parking. Our Carolina Beach Hotel is in close proximity to the boardwalk (just 1 mile!), plus one parking pass per room.
Check out our Carolina Beach Boardwalk Travel Guide for additional information and planning tools.
Carolina Beach Restaurants
Carolina Beach has plenty of delectable dining options to choose from. Indulge in coastal seafood, a Carolina Beach specialty, or house-made hush puppies, a southern favorite, from our on-site Ocean Grill and Tiki Bar.
Want to know more about our favorite beach bites? Check out our top Carolina Beach Restaurant picks.
Movies Sets Near Carolina Beach
The Carolina Beach area is a popular backdrop for many movies and television shows! Visit some of the spots where your favorite scenes were filmed. Check out some of our favorite notable movies:
Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)
A portion of the hit comedy, Weekend at Bernie’s, was filmed on Bald Head Island just south of Golden Sands.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
This classic children’s favorite evokes feelings of nostalgia for many. Fun fact: The New York rooftop scenes were actually filmed right here at the North Carolina Film Studios.
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Did you know? Robert Downey Jr. took on the role of Iron Man in the box-office-favorite Marvel movie Iron Man 3 on Oak Island, NC.
Learn more about our favorite Movies Filmed in Carolina Beach, NC.
Carolina Beach Shops
From one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs to beach essentials, we’ve noted some of the most popular Carolina Beach shopping destinations.
The Mermaid Castle
The Mermaid Castle is a unique retail store specializing in all things mermaid, less than a mile from Golden Sands Motel. Browse their collection of essential oils, crystals and more. Open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (9:00 p.m. on Friday & Saturday).
The Checkered Church Gift Shop
This eclectic gift shop is home to nautical essentials like local art, collectibles, and home decor. Open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Salty Chic Boutique
The Salty Chic Boutique is a one-stop-shop for all things fashion! This whimsical boutique offers clothing, jewelry, shoes, accessories, and more. Open every day from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Plan your visit to our oceanfront family-friendly hotel today and experience plenty of things to do near Carolina Beach.