Fun Things to Do on Bogue Sound

Bogue Sound is a cherished area along the Crystal Coast that happens to be one of the most popular backdrops for many beach vacations. This Intracoastal Waterway stretches from Emerald Isle to Atlantic Beach and provides a unique perspective on the Crystal Coast, perfect for anglers, watersports enthusiasts, and anyone who is looking to see an unforgettable sunset.

With so much to see and explore, the setting is ideal for visitors of all ages and is only a short walk from many of our private vacation rentals. Enjoy Bogue Sound from your backyard, boat, dock, kayak or paddleboard and experience all of the fun things to do during your trip to the Crystal Coast.

Enjoy Beautiful Sunsets on Bogue Sound NC


There is nothing like a day on the water, basking in the sea breeze. Bogue Sound is a boaters’ paradise, as it provides smooth waters for a more relaxing experience and access to the Atlantic Ocean for a more coastal feel. If you have your own boat, head over to the Emerald Isle boating access, not far from your rental property. Bring your board or water skis along for a day of watersports — and don’t forget to pack some snacks! These invigorating activities are sure to work up an appetite. Looking for a ride instead? There is no shortage of boat and sailboat rentals, as well as private charters available to give you a scenic tour of the coast.


Fishing enthusiasts look no further! Throughout Bogue Sound, you will find prime fishing real estate to catch your next trophy, no matter how big. Types of fish found in these waters are plentiful and include flounder, cobia, mackerel, trout, mullets, and the occasional sheepshead. No matter your preferred method, the opportunities for this activity are endless.


If you’re looking to fully experience the cuisine of the coast, look no further than the dock right behind your soundfront rental! Casting a net on the nearest dock is an activity enjoyed by families and individuals alike. The Blue Crab in the area will not disappoint!


Exploring the waters of Bogue Sound on your very own kayak can be enjoyed solo or with family and friends! The barrier island prevents the strong ocean currents and waves from creeping in, allowing for smooth, relaxing time on the water. Looking to combine fishing and kayaking? Take a guided kayak fishing tour with Hot Wax Surf Shop for the best of both worlds!

Go Kayaking on Bogue Sound


When planning your stay in the Bogue Sound area, look for a home with either shared or private piers over the water. The kids will love to walk outside and jump right into the water!

Paddle Boarding

The Stand-Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) craze is alive and well on Bogue Sound. There is a reason this activity is so popular, as it gives watersport enthusiasts a fun and invigorating way to explore the area, peacefully. Whether you’d like to take a tour or go out on your own, there are plenty of options available to you on the Crystal Coast.


Kiteboarding is a much-adored sport in Bogue Sound for boarders of all skill levels! Drop in one of the many soundfront parks or access points that connect with Bogue Sound and ride out the waters!


If you have a certain shorebird on your list of things to see, you are likely to find it at Bogue Sound with amazing bird watching opportunities around every corner. The bird watching trails are plentiful, some even a part of the NC Birding Trail system. Check out our recent blog post on birdwatching on the Bogue banks to learn more about all there is to see and hear on Bogue Sound.

How to Access Bogue Sound

There are numerous access points along Bogue Sound for those looking to partake in watersports or just relax and enjoy the view. Some of the local public boat ramps include Emerald Isle, Cedar Point, and Morehead City.



Vacation on Bogue Sound

With nine communities on the shores of Bogue Sound, there are numerous vacation spots available for your next getaway! When searching for your next rental property, make sure to look for sound-specific features such as launching areas for watersport equipment, boat docks, or nearby boardwalks to admire the beautiful views. Visit our soundfront vacation rentals listing page to start your search. 

Live on Bogue Sound

Looking to spend even more time along the Outer Banks to explore all of the wonderful things to do on Bogue Sound? The area is the perfect setting for a new home or permanent vacation home! Emerald Isle Realty has many beautiful homes for sale along the coast of North Carolina, so start your search today or reach out to one of our award-winning real estate agents!

Plan Your Next Trip

Now that you have plenty of activities to choose from, it’s time to start planning your next adventure! Whether you choose a day on the water with paddles in hand or a nice family picnic at sunset, you are sure to make unforgettable memories on Bogue Sound.


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Fun Things to Do on Bogue Sound


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