Things to Do in Emerald Isle NC

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 scuba diving, local activities 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 reservationist.

Emerald Isle Activities

Emerald Isle Restaurants

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

Emerald Isle 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!

Emerald Isle Parks and Public Access

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

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.


Marinas & 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.

Emerald Isle Public Boat Ramp

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.

Jet Skis and Wave Runners

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.


Whether it's kayaking in the ocean, paddling the tidal estuaries, going upriver into black water, or catching the thrill of wave surfing, Emerald Isle offers a lifetime of kayaking possibilities.

Golfing 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.

Crystal Coast Scuba Diving

The Outer Banks are world renowned for some of the finest wreck diving opportunities available. If you like life under the water, then Emerald Isle should be your next destination.


For the thrill seekers, parasailing above Emerald Isle is one of the most extraordinary ways to see the area at its maximum advantage.

Miniature 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!


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!

Surfing & Paddleboarding

Emerald Isle routinely offers great conditions for surfing, especially in the off season months. There's even a summer surf camp to help newcomers discover the sport of surfing.

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.


Emerald Isle Area Attractions & Day Trips


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.


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.

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.

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.

Hammocks Beach State Park

Located on the uninhabited Bear I10/22/2012 5:50:43 PMsland 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.

Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks

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 accessable by ferry, boat or kayak.


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