South of Wilmington lies the area know as Pleasure Island. Technically, peninsula, Pleasure Island is separated from the mainland by Snows Cut, which is a man-made waterway connecting the Intercoastal Waterway to the Cape Fear River. Pleasure Island consists of Carolina Beach, a popular vacation destination for tourists from all over the country, Kure Beach, which is an upscale are of independent beach homes and high-end rental properties. And then there is Ft. Fisher, which is a park and historic site where you will find the NC Aquarium.
The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located in Kure Beach, NC. Visitors enjoy “The Waters of the Cape Fear”, as they take a journey down the Cape Fear River – from freshwater streams and swamps, to coastline habitats, to reefs and the open ocean.