Things to do – Emerald Isle, NC

Emerald Isle offers many exciting possibilities for family fun and entertainment. Jet Ski rentals are available in Salter Path, NC for those wanting to have some fun on the water. The Island also offers some amazing opportunities for kayakers. For those who enjoy black water kayaking, White Oak River offers an incredible view of swamp vegetation and wildlife. Those who wish to kayak in the ocean can enjoy the clear waters of the Atlantic surrounding Bear Island and Emerald Isle. Bogue Sound offers many kayaking trails for those wishing to explore tidal areas and estuaries. There are several locations in Emerald Isle, Beaufort, and Morehead City that offer kayak rentals.
There are many companies that offer exciting diving opportunities all along the coast of North Carolina. For those searching for an exciting adventure, Emerald Isle’s surrounding waters are home to many shipwrecks to explore. Frequently referred to as “The Graveyard of the Atlantic”, there are hundreds of shipwrecks off of the coast of North Carolina, one of the most famous is the wreck of the German WWII submarine U-352. This submarine went down just off of Emerald Isle almost completely intact. Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium, another great way to spend the day with the family, has exhibits which recreate this infamous shipwreck.
Parasailing is another highly popular activity, available by reservation, on the Island and there are ample opportunities for renting surfboards for those aching to ride the waves. Many families enjoy exploring the Island by bicycle. Downtown Emerald Isle offers a 3.5 mile bike path for those wanting to see the town and the Point also features a path for bikers. For those seeking a hole-in-one, there are golf courses located nearby in Cape Carteret, Swansboro, and Pine Knoll Shores. There are also several fun places for family miniature golf in the area, including Golfin’ Dolphin in Cape Carteret and Emerald Forest Putt-Putt in Emerald Isle. 

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One of the few boats permitted by the Cape Lookout National Seashore to take you to any part of the National Park, charter a trip with Lookout Adventures and spend a day exploring one of the most beautiful parts of NC’s coast. The best SHELLING beaches in North Carolina are inside the Park & Shackleford Banks is home to roughly 120 WILD HORSES with a history dating back nearly 400 years!

Shark Fishing
Are you ready for a wild afternoon of fighting with the ocean’s top predator? Some of the best fighting fish in the ocean, sharks can be quite a challenge to bring to the boat, and it’s definitely a thrill to know there’s a big predator on the other end of that line. We may catch many species of sharks: black tips, hammerheads, sand sharks, lemons, bonnet heads, spiny dogfish, and more…

VISIT-PCTC--Tours-Dolphin-Watch-1 This private trip is available from November to May, and is about as good as it gets for “off-season” fun & relaxation. The Lookout Adventures vessel is perfect for a relaxing and intimate cruise in the winter months because the pilothouse helps protect you from any wind or cold. Just dress warmly and you’ll be perfectly comfortable. Max # of 6 guests.

This trip is available year round, and is perfect for those wanting a peaceful & memorable cruise of the local waterfronts, islands and landmarks. Step on the boat and get to relaxin’ while our friendly & professional captain takes you on a beautiful cruise through these panoramic and historic waterways. Serenity is the goal as we glide over the water towards our rendezvous with the setting sun.



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