Things to Do in Emerald Isle NC

Things to do in Emerald Isle.

Emerald Isle is a delightful southern-facing coastal paradise, providing family-friendly attractions and things to do all year long. Ranging from kayaking to golf to exploring the Intra Costal Waterway on a Jet Ski, there are plenty of activities that encourage visitors to get the most out of their time spent on the Isle. Splashing in the cool Atlantic and lounging under a beach umbrella is indeed the epitome of vacationing, nevertheless be sure to check out all the enjoyment the Crystal Coast offers! There are so many fun and exciting things to do in Emerald Isle NC; join us today, Book Online or contact our office today to speak to a local expert.

RESTAURANTS 

Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast are home to many exciting dining opportunities. Click for some of our favorite options!

BEACHES

The focal point of any vacation to Emerald Isle are the miles of pristine beaches along our gentle coastline. Locals will tell you that The Point is a spectacular beach not to be missed!

PARKS

Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast offer several lovely and scenic parks, as well as plenty of public accesses for recreation and other activities.

BEACH ACCESSES

Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast offer several public parking beach accesses.

BOAT RENTALS

Emerald Isle is truly a water lovers paradise, and one of the best ways to experience the area is from the water. Whether you own a boat or need to rent one, Emerald Isle has what you need.

BOAT RAMPS

Conveniently located in the 6800 block of Emerald Isle, this facility includes  4 launching ramps and parking for 112 vehicle/trailer combinations, and a separate parking lot with 18 single vehicle spaces.  No Fee Required.

WATER SPORTS RENTALS

Emerald Isle is the ultimate playground for personal watercraft, with miles upon miles of flat water exploration among the tidal islands of Bogue Sound or out in the open waters of the Atlantic.

GOLFIING ON THE CRYSTAL COAST

If no vacation is complete without a trip to the links, Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast have several outstanding courses to test your golfing skills.

MINI-GOLF AND GO KARTS

How can you make a beach vacation without at least one trip to the mini-links for some golfing and karting fun? Emerald Isle has several destinations to choose from, so pack your A game!

FISHING & CHARTER CAPTAINS

Off shore? Shore casting? Trolling? Charter? Black water? Pier? Just tell us what you'd like to catch and we'll tell you where to go to hook your dinner!

BICYCLING AND RENTALS

Whether you're looking to ride from one end of the island to the other, or just enjoy a pedal on the beach, Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast has great biking opportunities.

SALTY PIRATE WATER PARK

This family owned waterpark features a wide variety of water slides, wading pools and tubes to entertain kids of all ages. The park also includes an arcade and snack bar, and is located close to other fun family activities in Emerald Isle.

NORTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM

Located a short distance away in Pine Knoll Shores, the NC Aquarium offers a spectacular way to view and learn about the local aquatic wildlife. The kids will love it.

MAC DADDY'S ARCADE - BOWLING

Just a few miles from Emerald Isle on the main land in Cape Carteret, an amusement center offering bowling, arcade, sports bar serving beer, wine & food. Kid friendly! Great for rainy days. 



Take a Day Trip to one of our neighboring towns!

SWANSBORO

Historic Swansboro is an idyllic fishing village filled with great seafood restaurants, quaint shops and plenty of local charm. Make time to discover a classic Outer Banks community.

BEAUFORT

Another classic Outer Banks village, Beaufort is home to several great festivals and numerous shops, museums and restaurants. Steeped in history and local lore, a visit to Beaufort is a must.

MOREHEAD CITY

Nestled in Beaufort Inlet, Morehead City is a bustling seaside hub! Rich in culture and tradition Morehead City is host to many local artists and art galleries.

FORT MACON STATE PARK

Fascinating historical 19th century Civil War fort, recreation area with lifeguard-protected swimming, bathhouse and picnic area. Civil War reenactments performed in summer months.

SHACKLEFORD BANKS

Shackelford Banks is a barrier island system on the coast of Carteret County, NC. It contains a herd of wild horses, scallops, crabs and various sea animals, including summer nesting by loggerhead turtles.

HAMMOCKS BEACH STATE PARK

Located on the uninhabited Bear Island just west of Emerald Isle across Bogue Inlet, this park has miles of pristine beaches to explore. The island is accessible by ferry, boat or kayak.

CAPE LOOKOUT NATIONAL SEASHORE

A boat ride three miles off-shore brings your to the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Horse watching, shelling, fishing, birding, and tons of history.





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