9 Best Things To Do In Indian Beach, North Carolina

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Soft, sandy beaches and emerald green waters characterize the small, upscale town of Indian Beach. The town of Indian Beach is covered by lush maritime forests, surrounding the area divided by Salter Path, with Indian Beach to the east and west. This stretch of less than two square miles (5.2 square kilometers) was named as such after the discovery of Indian burial mounds, before the town’s incorporation in 1973.

Indian Beach is a tourist’s delight during the summer season and visitors flock to the area. The turtle conservation program of Indian Beach is managed by volunteers who work in conjunction with the Bogue Banks Sea Turtle Project and the North Carolina Aquarium. The forest covers the residential areas and makes the area astonishingly beautiful.

Accommodations include motels, resort condominiums, and campgrounds on the beach, shaded by flourishing forest. The public beach offers showers and bathrooms, along with picnic tables. The wooden walkway out to the beach runs over white sand dunes onto a soft, sandy beach and pristine water. If you are planning to visit this coastal town, don’t miss these best things to do in Indian Beach, North Carolina.

1. Oceanfront Court

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Posted by Oceanfront Court on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

It’s high time to hit the waves! Head over to Oceanfront Court to spend your summer vacation. It is a family-oriented, recreational park in the center of Emerald Isle Salter Path. With five oceanfront rental units, guests can have an all-day view of the Atlantic Ocean while staying at a comfortable mobile home. Each unit has two bedrooms with queen-size beds, a sleeper sofa, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and quality linen and beddings.

The rentals provide access to the ocean through the deck, and to the area where facilities like a pier, dock, shelter, playground, picnic tables, and boat ramp are placed. Private off-road parking is also available next to every unit.

Oceanfront Court

Address: 1570 Salter Path Rd Indian Beach, NC 28512

Website: Oceanfront Court

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2. Salter Path Beach Access

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Explore the sandy shores of Indian Beach through Salter Path Beach Access. This is a public-accessible outdoor space in the Roosevelt State Park area that features a wooden walkway to the beach. The available amenities at this coast location include outside showers, picnic tables, and bathrooms—how appealing could that be for a hassle- and lodge-free day trip?

The walk to the ocean is through a properly maintained wooden walkway that cuts directly through little trees with interesting biomes. A small deck with umbrellas ends the pathway and offers great views and a cool breeze. Take the stairs down and in a minute, the beach is wide open and the clear waters are for you to enjoy. Fair warning, there are no lifeguards in the area so utmost caution should be observed at all times.

Salter Path Beach Access

Address: 1025 Salter Path Road, Salter Path, NC 28512

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3. Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier in nearby Emerald Isle

Posted by Kevin Meese on Saturday, 13 August 2016

This beautiful pier is the hub of activity in Emerald Isle. On one side you can see several people out surfing while on the pier you can see a bunch of people fishing. It’s free to walk out on the pier but 12.50 USD to fish. The second level observation deck, towards the end of the pier, provides beautiful views of the sunset. It is also a great place to sit and watch the sun come up, spend the day fishing, and just enjoy the breeze. The photo opportunities from the observation deck and the pier are wonderful.

Lots of people come here, even at night, for fishing and photography. It’s a wonderfully quiet place with great staff. The pier is also a place to relax and enjoy the views and sounds of the sea. If you’re in the area it’s a nice spot to visit.

Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier

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

Website: Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier

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4. Spa at the Ocean Club

Posted by Ashley Nunn Pate on Sunday, 23 April 2017

Located in a private, wooded setting on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, the OC Spa and Wellness Center is a perfect blend of European ambiance with a mystical touch of the Orient. A sense of serenity and luxury welcomes you as you enter the spa. You can indulge in the finest massages, facials, wraps, soaks and beauty services. Avail yourself of the sauna and steam rooms, take a break at the refreshment bar, or focus on a therapeutic weight loss, sport or exercise training program.

Nurturing hospitality and high-class service makes the center a great place to rejuvenate the body and mind.

Spa at The Ocean Club

Address: 1701 Salter Path Road, Indian Beach NC 28575

Website: Spa at The Ocean Club

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5. North Carolina Aquarium in nearby Pine Knoll Shores

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The large U-shaped aquarium is a great place to learn about marine life in North Carolina, both sea and inland. With a wonderful layout, clean, and beautiful displays of sharks, a wonderful otter exhibit, and great jellyfish display, the aquarium presents an excellent picture of different regions of North Carolina. There is also a touch tank, with friendly rays and little sharks, as well as horseshoe crabs. Staff demonstration inside the large tank is equally educational and fun for all people.

There is a back area, with docks that let you walk out towards the marshland and view the crabs and birds, with a .5 mile (.8 kilometer) walking trail and snake exhibit. There is also a small playground for kids and adults. The nature trail out back is great and there is lots to do, enjoy, and learn. It’s a great place for families, couples, or solo travelers.

North Carolina Aquarium

Address: 374 Airport Rd, Manteo, NC 27954, USA

Website: North Carolina Aquarium

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6. Island Water Sports

Posted by Island WaterSports on Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Island Water Sports is a great way to explore the Crystal Coast with their endless water adventures, from jet ski rentals to kayaks and more. The kayaks are delivered to your beach home, free of charge. The banana boat ride promises to be an experience worth remembering.

A paddle board on the calm waters of Bogue Sound for laid back people and a FlyBoard, or a jet powered board for the thrill seekers, is there to satisfy all your adrenaline needs. They also offer beach equipment and surfboard rentals.

Island Water Sports

Address: 1960 Salter Path Rd, Salter Path, NC 28575

Website: Island Water Sports

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7. Fort Macon State Park in nearby Atlantic Beach

Fort Macon State Park
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This historical site, with great views of the ocean, offers plenty to see and best of all, it’s free. Each little room below the fort shows how life was in the 19th century. It’s a nicely preserved fort with lots of artifacts, a live shooting demo, cannons and ammo supply storage, replica barracks, soldiers living quarters/bunks, mess hall and information on the working soldiers and how the fort worked.

The volunteers who work here are friendly and they have a wealth of knowledge about all the happenings at the fort and surrounding area. Well preserved, the fort is fun to explore and learn some history.

Fort Macon State Park

Address: 2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

Website: Fort Macon State Park

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8. Carowinds Rollercoaster Theme Park

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Posted by PLAYEX on Tuesday, 30 June 2015

If you love coasters, Carowinds Rollercoaster Theme Park is a great park - they have major roller coasters and all the rides are very fun. “The Intimidator” is over 200 feet (61 meters) high, “Fury 325”, close to the north entrance, hits 95 mph (153 kph) and is the most amazing coaster you will ever ride. They also have a water park, with a lazy river and big water slides.

If you go more than once your season pass pays for itself and the gold pass has many perks, including parking. With numerous eating establishments and people watching, a day at Carowinds is fun. It’s a great amusement park, with almost 400 acres (161.9 hectares) of fun, for the whole family.

Carowinds Rollercoaster Theme Park

Address: 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273

Website: Carowinds Rollercoaster Theme Park

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9. Carolina Kitesurfing in Emerald Isle

Posted by Richard Farrington on Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Kitesurfing is a fantastic way to see more of Emerald Isle and get in a good amount of exercise while doing so. This is a father and son business and they run it very efficiently. Rick and Ricky are very personable and have a genuine interest in who you are and where you are visiting from, etc. Their 2.5 mile (4 kilometer) paddle boarding tour is a great experience, even if you’ve never been on a paddleboard before and they make sure you feel comfortable and safe.

Carolina Kitesurfing

Address: 142 Fairview Dr, Suite 6M, Emerald Isle, NC 28594

Website: Carolina Kitesurfing

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Sandy beaches and emerald green waters

Soft, sandy beaches and emerald green waters, lush maritime forests lining the area, and various attractions make the upscale town of Indian Beach a tourist delight. If you are looking for a family holiday, Indian Beach is the place for you.

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Frequently asked questions about the best things to do in Indian Beach, North Carolina

  • Which are the best attractions to visit in Indian beach?

    A trip to Indian Beach wouldn’t be complete without visiting these best attractions: i) Salter Path Beach Access, ii) North Carolina Aquarium, iii) Carowinds Rollercoaster Theme Park, and iv) Island Water Sports. Make sure to include them in your itinerary.

  • Which are the best activities in Indian beach?

    The sandy shorelines and emerald green waters of Indian Beach are more than just pretty sights. The best activities to try on its beaches are fishing and surfing at Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier and discovering the thrills of Carolina Kitesurfing.

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