From the northernmost tip of Carolina Beach to the southern extension of Fort Fisher, island life is distinguished by abundant leisure activities, stunning ocean views and a relaxed tropical atmosphere. Pleasure Island's beaches were rated the cleanest on the North Carolina coast in 2003 and boast more lifeguards than any other East Coast beach. Located nearby is the Carolina Beach Lake Park, which features a loop for walking and jogging. From fishing to strolling to lounging on the beach, these island communities provide ample opportunities for fun in the sun.
Residents of Carolina Beach look forward to the town's many festivals and events, including the Lights Holiday Flotilla and the Beach Blast Music Festival. The Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues and Jazz Festival also attracts hundreds of visitors each year. Residents looking to take to the outdoors for some quality recreational time or one-on-one time with nature can easily head to the Carolina Beach State Park. Home to some of the state's unusual carnivorous plants, including the Venus Flytrap and sundews, and to an assortment of wildlife—including the white-tailed deer, finches, warblers, and the occasional alligator—visitors will not be disappointed by what they see at this park. Other recreational activities allowed at the park including fishing, camping, boating, picnicking, and hiking.
More than 22,000 local students are served by New Hanover County Schools, the third highest rated school district in the state. Fort Fisher is a major draw for history buffs interested in viewing the last major stronghold of the Confederacy and the largest earthen fortress in the South. Others will want to visit the North Carolina Aquarium shark tank and sea turtle exhibits or scour the islands for the rare Venus Flytrap.
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