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10 Best Things To Do In & Around Emerald Isle, North Carolina

Kit
Posted Jul 27, 2017

An island of emerald - doesn’t that sound enchanting? Floating as its own little oasis neatly off the Carolina shoreline, the Emerald Isle is calling your name like a shipwreck in the night.

She’s gorgeous, her sunrises meld into your heart forever, and the hidden parks and trails nestled beneath her wings make for a truly spectacular getaway. With much to see, its best we dive right into these waves. Get ready to learn where the phrase “trip of a lifetime” was coined!

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1. The Point

The beach effect is a real thing. Those warm breezes, the lulling sound of the crashing waves, the call of the gulls - it draws you in like mermaid song. The Point manages to accentuates all these treasures, and is just far enough out into the Atlantic to make you want to stay there forever.

With seashells galore, light sand, and minimal crowds, it’s really hard to compare this beach to anything else in the world. If you can manage, just one morning sunrise on these soft shores will soothe your soul. The Point is a one of a kind beach and an absolute must on your travels to the Emerald Isle.

The Point

Address: Emerald Isle, NC

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2. Carolina Kitesurfing

After The Point casts its spell on you, why not ride those ocean waves as you kitesurf under the summer sun? If you want to take it a little slower, then hop on a paddleboard and glide through those radiant rays.

Either way, Carolina Kitesurfing has something for everyone and you’re going to be glad you chose to dance atop those waves for one splendid afternoon in the Emerald sun.

Carolina Kitesurfing

Address: 142 Fairview Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Website: Carolina Kitesurfing

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3. Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier

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How does a nearly four-pound sea mullet sound to you? That’s the state record for this fun-filled fishing pier. With bait and tackle, drinks and food, beach gear, and restrooms, you’ll have everything you need to make a fresh catch during one of your afternoons here.

Bring that on home to your rented bungalow and savor the taste of truly lasting memories. Newly expanded, you’re going to be able to stretch out on Bogue Inlet for a nice, long afternoon, and enjoy the time well-spent with friends and family.

Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier

Address: 100 Bogue Inlet Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Website: Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier

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4. Emerald Isle Adventures


Keep the adventures coming! At Emerald Isle Adventures you’ll find lovely fishing charters to sail you away into the waters of restful retreats or fishing fandangos. Family-owned and operated, it’ll be nice to support a local company that warmly welcomes you and your next big catch back to shore.

Emerald Isle Adventures

Address: 6800 Emerald Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Operating Hours: Daily, from 6 am - 8 pm

Website: Emerald Isle Adventures

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5. Salty Pirate Water Park of Emerald Isle

This is a cute little outdoor water park promising all kinds of summer fun. Another family-owned spot, you’ll find water slides, wading pools, an arcade, snack bars, and so much more. The kids will love their time here, and those pictures are sure to last a lifetime.

Salty Pirate Water Park of Emerald Isle

Address: 8915 Reed Dr, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Hours of Operation: Daily, from 10 am - 5 pm, from Memorial Day to Labor Day

Website: Salty Pirate Waterpark of Emerald Isle

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6. Emerald Isle Woods Park


This is a lovely 41-acre (5.6 hectare) park offering an endless array of outdoor fun. Sometimes it’s nice to take slow, savoring sips of local color; Emerald Isle Woods Park is just the place to do so. Enjoy relaxing strolls down wooded paths - listening to birdsong prepared just for you - and arrive at a welcoming pier with beautiful views of the sound. If you have it, launch a kayak and sail toward that setting sun, into moonlight delight.

Emerald Isle Woods Park

Address: 9404 Coast Guard Rd, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Hours of Operation: Daily, from 6 am - 9 pm

Website: Emerald Isle Woods Park

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7. Cedar Street Park

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After Emerald Isle Woods seeps into your soul, you’re likely to want a repeat of that retreat. Also offering kayak and windsurfing access, this is a wonderful place to pack up a picnic basket and spend an afternoon (if you can peel yourself away from the beach long enough).

Actually, autumn might prove to be a spectacular time to drink in these soundside parks. No matter when you visit, these are the special earthly treasures that allow you put life on pause and take an inventory of all your many blessings.

Cedar Street Park

Address: 7800 Cedar Street, Emerald Isle, NC

Website: Cedar Street Park

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8. Wellness Massage & Yoga

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Since we’re on the path to peace and tranquility, a trip to the local spa is an absolute must. If you’re here with friends and family, maybe the yoga enthusiast in the crowd can take a class while the massage-seeker can relax in his or her own way.

The real treat here is that these angelic masseuses travel! They’ll pack up their fresh linens and fluffy massage tables and come to you. Imagine how that morning’s sunrise is going to feel!

Wellness Massage & Yoga

Address: 8752 Reed Dr #8, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Hours of Operation: Mon - Thu, from 8:30 am - 8 pm; Fri, from 8:30 am - 5 pm; Sat, from 8:30 am - 4 pm

Facebook: Wellness Massage​ & Yoga

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9. North Carolina Maritime Museum (about 30 min drive)

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Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from your Emerald envy, head on out to the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort for some rich sea life color. Coastal living ​and the bustle of the seafood industry can be explored in this worthwhile afternoon drive.

Remnants from Blackbeard’s wrecked ship rest in peace here, too, including cannons, grenades, belt buckles, and beads. As a lovely step through maritime time, you’re sure to enjoy everything North Carolina Maritime Museum has to offer.

North Carolina Maritime Museum

Address: 315 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516

Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri, from 9 am - 5 pm; Sat, from 10 am - 5 pm; Sun, from 1 pm - 5 pm

Website: North Carolina Maritime Museum

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10. North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores (less than 30 min drive)

While the North Carolina Maritime Museum allows you to see life through exhibitions, the North Carolina Aquarium lets you get in on all the seaside action with touch pools, submarine tanks, and local sea otters! When’s the last time you befriended a cute little otter?

You can explore shipwrecks here, too, without even getting wet. A rare white sea turtle is just eager to make your acquaintance. A fun trip for all, definitely try to find time in one of your sun-filled afternoons to pack everyone up and head on over to this delightful aquarium.

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Address: 1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512

Hours of Operation: Daily, from 9 am - 5 pm

Website: North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

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Emerald enchantment

The Emerald Isle is as enchanting as it sounds. With a bevy of beachside activity and soft sunlight dancing off the sound, you’re going to be glad you packed up and headed on over. This is one of those fantastic islands where it truly is come one, come all. Do you need a solo getaway? Then, off you go! Are you excited to pack the family up and splash into the summer sun? Then, there you have it. The Emerald Isle really does have it all.

Kit Kittelstad is a Freelance Writer who specializes in higher education and lifestyle articles, with a focus on travel pieces. She also serves as an Adjunct Communications Professor at Pace...Read more

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