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Off-Season on Bogue Banks

The offseason on Bogue Banks is the perfect time of year to get out and get away. From fishing and kayaking to shelling and ecotours, North Carolina's Crystal Coast offers an abundance of things to do both on and off the water.
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Fun Things to Do on Bogue Sound

From boating to kayaking to birdwatching and more, explore fun things to do on Bogue Sound, a popular spot for Crystal Coast beach vacations.
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Cruise Your Way Around the Crystal Coast

Sailing around the islands of the Crystal Coast has always been a popular pastime for locals and guests alike. North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is truly a boating paradise offering endless opportunities for exploration, adventure, and even romance. From dolphin and wild horse watching to sunset cruises to shelling and exploring barrier islands, you will find the perfect […]
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Birdwatching on North Carolina’s Bogue Banks

The seaside towns on North Carolina's Bogue Banks provide countless opportunities for visiting birders. Explore some of the best areas for birdwatching on Bogue Banks.
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14 Things to Do at the Beach in Emerald Isle, NC This Summer

When you ask vacationers who visit Emerald Isle, why they choose the Crystal Coast to visit, the most popular answer is the beach. Our beautiful sands and gorgeous water provide breathtaking views and the perfect place to relax and enjoy a beach day with friends or family. With so much to do on the beach, […]
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Wildlife of the Crystal Coast

From playful dolphin and loggerhead turtles to wild horses and an abundance of birds, North Carolina’s Crystal Coast offers a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities. Here are some of the more common animals you can expect to find while on vacation in Emerald Isle or its surrounding beach communities. A Sanctuary for Sea Turtles Did […]
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Visit Crystal Coast Area Museums, Parks and Attractions from Home

We’ve put together a few fun ways for you to explore North Carolina’s Crystal Coast online. Visit and experience some of your favorite Crystal Coast museums, parks and attractions from the comforts of your own home. From virtual events to behind-the-scenes videos to learning activities, learn more about the places you’ve already visited and maybe even discover a few new places to add to your to-do list.
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The Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks

One of the allures of the southern Outer Banks are the wild horses of Shackleford Banks. These majestic creatures are truly a sight to see as they roam the shoreline and take shelter in the maritime forests of this remote island. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about these wild […]
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Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Activities and Things to Do Along North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks

North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks are rich in natural beauty and offer and abundance of outdoor activities for young and old alike. Whether you’re looking for things to do outdoors on a long weekend getaway or entertaining the whole family for a week-long vacation, you’re sure to find something for everyone. Discover more ways to […]
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Best Attractions and Things to Do in Emerald Isle

Known for its beautiful beaches and cozy coastal communities, the Crystal Coast is a premier vacation spot for family and friends alike. From quality time spent at the beach to embarking on new adventures, here are some of our recommendations for the best attractions and things to do while visiting Emerald Isle. Beach Time is […]
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Top 10 Reasons to Visit Emerald Isle

  The most pristine beaches and emerald green waters. Dig your toes in the sand while soaking up the sun on Emerald Isle’s gorgeous beaches. Take a dip in the emerald green waters, which is perfect for water sports such as kayaking or fishing. Nothing more can be said, other than when you get here, you’re […]
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Fun Things to Do Along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

Explore the beautiful scenery and rich history of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast on your next family vacation or getaway. From Emerald Isle to Harker’s Island, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do along the southern Outer Banks of North Carolina. Keep the family entertained for days with the list below highlighting some of the […]
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3 Emerald Isle, North Carolina Amusement Parks for Fun Family Entertainment

Emerald Isle is known for combining southern charm with the coast for a laidback and relaxing atmosphere and lifestyle. But there’s so much more that the Crystal Coast has to offer, especially for families and vacationers of all ages. Get ready to unleash your inner child and check out some of our favorite amusement parks, […]
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Top 5 Reasons You Deserve an Emerald Isle Vacation

The Crystal Coast is always a magical place to visit. Between the beautiful beaches and stunning surroundings, you shouldn’t need more reasons to book your getaway as soon as possible. A trip to Emerald Isle can be relaxing, exhilarating, memorable and may even become a new tradition. If you are still on the fence though, […]
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Top 5 Must-See Spots This Spring on the Crystal Coast

When it comes to must-see spots in Emerald Isle, there is no shortage of scenery, stunning views and things to do. From beaches to historical parks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on your next Crystal Coast getaway. While there are plenty of spots along the Crystal Coast to explore and discover, some of the […]
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Fun Things to Do on a Rainy Day in the Outer Banks

  Weather in the southern Outer Banks tends to be unpredictable. While we hope that the weather is favorable during your vacation, grey skies and and an occasional downpour are inevitable. The good news is that you’ll find plenty of fun activities and things to do indoors along the Outer Banks to keep the family entertained. […]
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5 Fun Things to Do at Cape Lookout

Fall in North Carolina is an exciting time for locals and visitors alike. From the first day of school to the beginning of football season, the chaos of summertime comes to a close and the need for R&R takes precedence. About an hour east of Emerald Isle lies the Cape Lookout National Seashore, beckoning a […]
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10 Best Outdoor Adventures on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

There’s nothing more exhilarating than the rush you get from taking in the seaside air and experiencing the outdoor paradise that is the Crystal Coast. Whether it’s on a surfboard riding waves or on a deep-sea excursion waiting for your next big catch, Emerald Isle is the perfect vacation destination for all of your favorite […]
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5 Fun Ways to Cool Off This Summer in Emerald Isle

  It’s no secret, the Crystal Coast gets its fair share of warm sunny days during summer months and that’s why we love it. Emerald Isle boasts plenty of ways to beat the heat and have fun at the same time. Here are some of the essential ways to stay cool this summer during your […]
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Top 5 Things to Do with Kids This Summer in Emerald Isle

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 […]
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Outdoor Fall Activities in Emerald Isle NC

Temperatures might be cooling down and the leaves turning colors as the fall season kicks off where you are which is all the more reason to still join us for some beach weather on the Crystal Coast! The beach is still a great option for vacation-goers to take advantage of, but we also have some […]
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Working at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

When I was about seven years old, I already knew what my dream job was. I wanted to be a dolphin trainer. It wasn’t until later in my life that I realized I was not very science-oriented. I took Earth Science in middle school and tried to keep my eyes open as our teacher gave […]
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Best Activities for Retired Vacation Travelers

When you’re retired, planning a vacation frees up a lot of time for activities and destinations. Emerald Isle is in fact, the perfect location for retired travelers as it boasts plenty of leisure activities paired with the relaxing atmosphere of the Crystal Coast. Summer is in full swing, but the kids are headed back to […]
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Getting in Touch with Nature in Emerald Isle

Emerald Isle, NC is a great vacation destination at any time of the year. During the summer months, there are plenty of sites to see other than the pristine beaches of the Crystal Coast. The cozy town is surrounded with natural gems that are perfect for reconnecting with Mother Nature. Emerald Isle Wood Park A […]
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Plan a Fall Fishing Adventure

When you are planning a fall vacation filled with fishing, there is no better place to come than to Emerald Isle, NC. When the weather cools and the rest of the world forgets about summer, you can be on the water, enjoying the serenity and peace that only fishing can bring. It might come when […]
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