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 please kids of all ages.


1. Cool off at Salty Pirate Waterpark

Slide on into summer! When you’ve had enough of the beach, or you just want a change of scenery, the Salty Pirate Waterpark in Emerald Isle is the place for you!

Kids of all ages will have a blast zipping down the twisting and turning water slides and tubes, while the younger ones splash and play in the wading pools. The park also offers an arcade and snack bar, as well as shady lounge areas.


NC Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores2. Go on an underwater adventure at the North Carolina Aquarium

Grab the kids and head over to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Get up close and personal with cuddly river otters and slowpoke turtles. Ever touched a stingray? Now you can!

See impressive birds such as pelicans, owls and vultures with the Bird’s-Eye View program. Go behind-the-scenes on an outdoor adventure and enjoy kayaking, fishing and more. The aquarium offers a variety of special programs to choose from all summer long.

And keep your eyes out for Spot this summer, the traveling juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex, that will be visiting different places throughout the community. Take a selfie with Spot and enter for a chance to win prizes.


3. Have a blast at 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!

Afterwards, go swimming, take a guided tour or go fishing. Enroll the kids in the Junior Ranger Program to earn their own unique Ranger badge. This historic park is perfect for soaking up some sun and some history!


Bogue Inlet Pier - Fun Things to Do North Carolina Crystal Coast4. Reel in a big one at Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier

Race you to the pier! Drop your line from atop Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier and see how many fish you can catch. 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 to cook for dinner!

Fishing in Emerald Isle is a fantastic way to enjoy time with your kids no matter what their age.



5. Watch a spectacular fireworks display light up the sky on the 4th of July

Celebrate the 4th of July in 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 the 4th of July Fireworks Show off of Bogue Inlet Pier. They’re going to be loud and proud for America’s big birthday celebration. And 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 spectacular display of fireworks over the White Oak River, in addition to live music and food.


Reserve your stay today with Emerald Isle Realty and choose from an amazing selection of Emerald Isle beach vacation houses and condo rentals, all perfectly priced to fit your budget. Book your stay online or call us at (855) 891-1962.


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