Top 10 Reasons to Visit Emerald Isle

  1. Museums and Galleries 5-8-2014 Top 10 Museum

Flex your mental muscles and discover our coastal driven history and art.

If you’re looking to get to know the Crystal Coast a little better, check out our museums and art galleries up and down Emerald Isle Drive. Here you’ll be able to take it all in and experience one of a kind exhibits, art  inspired by the Atlantic and history as vast as the island itself.

  1. Amusements Parks 5-8-2014 Top 10 Bumper Cars

Live, laugh and be a kid again! 

Have you ever been to an amusement park by coast? There’s nothing like taking in the seaside air while cruising in a go-cart or getting in a tussle over a round of bumper cars. These parks are a blast to create laughs and new memories and will surely bring back a bit of your childhood.

  1. Parks and Seashores 5-8-2014 Top 10 Parks

Untouched and uninhibited, see the outdoors in the most pristine of conditions. 

One of our best kept secrets, the parks and seashores are landmarks of the natural beauty that is the Emerald Isle area. Protected from outside development and disturbance, you’ll find natural flora and fauna thriving in an almost secluded sense, perfect for nature lovers or those looking for a scenic hike.

  1. Outdoor Adventures 5-8-2014 Top 10 Outdoor Adventures

For the adrenaline junkie in all of us. 

You didn’t plan on staying indoors the whole time, right? For the more the active person, surfing in Emerald Isle is a must. But even if surfing isn’t your shtick, try your hand at kayaking and paddle boarding. And if you want to take it easy: biking, fishing or a game of golf with gorgeous coastal views in the background are awesome activities you and your family can take part in.

  1. Nearby Historical Communities 5-8-2014 Top 10 CapeLookoutNC5-8-2014 Top 10 Historic Places

Check out these communities rich in culture and camaraderie.  

Did you know that the infamous pirate Blackbeard once made a home along the Crystal Coast? Just one of the extraordinary historical features about the area, many of the communities near Emerald Isle still remain rich in their coastal cultures – some have even retained their native accents! Check out the area’s communities and their pasts’ such as Salter Path’s fish trade or the wild horses of Shackleford Banks.

  1. Seafood Dining 5-8-2014 Top 10 Oysters on Half Shell

It doesn’t get more authentic than this. 

Your taste buds will thank you by the end of your Emerald Isle vacation. With plenty of restaurants in the area serving up only the freshest seafood varieties (straight from the source!), you can bet that your Emerald Isle dining experience will be well rounded and adequately served. Seafood not your thing? Check out other dining options in the area.

  1. Shopping 

Take a little piece of Emerald Isle home with you. 

You’re going to love the shops of Emerald Isle. If you’re looking for the perfect keepsake to take back with you or a little something for family and friends, look no further than the many shops on Emerald Drive that offer the best in home décor and even some of the best coastal fashions. And if you’re into antiques, you’re going to want to check out some of our antique stores that have collected nostalgia and relics from the area that represent a more personal side of Emerald Isle.

  1. The Beach 5-8-2014 Top 10 Beach

Because you didn’t come here to climb a mountain, right? 

Dig your toes in the sand and take in the sun on our 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 never going to want to leave. Take the day to relax on the beach or take a walk along the shoreline – it’s the one of the best things to do in Emerald Isle!

  1. Sunsets 5-8-2014 Top 10 Sunset

It’s like dessert for your eyes and like nothing you’ve ever seen. 

Here in Emerald Isle, we’re known for our sunsets that extend as far as the eye can see. It’s the best way to end the day, or the perfect way to kick-off your evenings. Bring your camera and get ready to take in nature’s masterpiece!

  1. The Vacation Rentals 5-8-2014 Top 10 Rental

When you’re here, you’ll feel at home. 

Your vacation rental shouldn’t feel stiff or foreign; rather it should invite you in and make you forget that you’re on vacation. At Emerald Isle Realty, we’re striving to make sure your stay is both comfortable and memorable.