When you spend your family vacation in Emerald Isle, there’s no shortage of family activities and events for you to enjoy with your children. Whether you love splashing around at the water park or exploring Civil War artifacts, there’s something to keep every family member from going stir-crazy. Our top 5 recommendations are sure to please kids of all ages.
1. Water Boggan of Emerald Isle
Slide on into summer! When you’ve had enough of the beach, or you just want a change of scenery, the Water Boggan of Emerald Isle water park is the place for you! Choose from all day, half-day or hourly passes, and have the time of your life! Little kids can enjoy the wading pools while big kids zip down the twisty-turny water slides. In addition, the park offers swimming pools, shady lounge areas and a snack bar.
Important note: Water Boggan of Emerald Isle takes cash only.
2. North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
Make a splash with your kids at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, where children have the chance to get up close and personal with cuddly river otters and slowpoke turtles. Ever touched a stingray? Now you can! Have a crab catching contest on the beach, or go out after dark for a nighttime adventure exploring special turtle nest surprises, with programs all summer long.
3. Fort Macon State Park
Want to know what it was like to be a Civil War soldier? Explore the restored fort at Fort Macon State Park — search through the old bunks where the soldiers slept, visit the rooms where armor and weapons were stored, and even come face-to-face with an original cannon! Enroll in the Junior Ranger Program to earn your own unique Ranger badge for completing nature and historical programs specific to the park. This historic park is anything but boring!
4. Pier Fishing
Race you to the pier! Drop your line down in the water and see how many fish you will catch today. Tuna, sea bass, crab or trout — this is what fishing’s all about. Grab snacks and an ice cold drink from the pier house while the fish nibble at the line, then clean ‘em up and take your bounty home! Fishing in Emerald Isle is a fantastic way to enjoy time with your kids no matter what their age.
5. 4th of July Fireworks
Celebrate the 4th of July on Emerald Isle the best way the USA knows how — with bright and sparkly fireworks over the ocean! This Independence Day, starting at 9pm, grab a lawn chair, sparklers and the whole family and meet us at the beach for fireworks off of Bogue Inlet Pier. They’re going to be loud and proud for America’s big birthday celebration! Just don’t miss the fantastic finale, where you’ll see the most vibrant fiery colors and hear the loudest booms!
Swansboro will also feature a fireworks show in addition to its summer concert series at Olde Town Square from 6:30 to 8pm.