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Fun Things to Do in Emerald Isle, NC 

Soak up some sunshine and spend the day on the beach just steps away from our hotel. Once you've enjoyed some fun in the sun, explore the local flavors and nearby hotspots like surf shops and boutique stores within walking distance. Nestled directly behind Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier, get easy access to this popular attraction whether you can wait for the fish to bite or enjoy the thrilling excitement of water sports. If you'd rather admire the sea life than catch some, head to the NC Aquarium to see the impressive displays and colorful tropical varieties. Wander around inside the North Carolina Maritime Museum to learn some fascinating facts about the area's history, and head to Fort Macon State Park for fresh air and beautiful scenery. You can also easily venture to the neighboring city Swansboro for spectacular waterfront dining and unique shopping.
Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier at Emerald Isle

Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier

A must-visit for your Emerald Isle vacation, you can't miss this 1,000 foot-long pier jutting out into the Atlantic. Take in the fantastic views, spend a day fishing, and snap photos on the observation deck. Rods are available to rent onsite, with a wide selection of bait and tackle.
100 Bogue Inlet Dr, Emerald Isle, North Carolina 28594
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NC Aquarium

NC Aquarium

See the natural habitats of salt-water and fresh-water creatures. The kids will love the interactive pick-up tanks and activities like feedings. All ages can appreciate the exotic large fish like barracuda, sharks, sea turtles, and a fun, photogenic "dinosaur" exhibit.
1 Roosevelt Blvd, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina 28512
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North Carolina Maritime Museum

North Carolina Maritime Museum

Head to this popular spot in the Lower Outer Banks to pick up interesting tidbits of maritime history. Free of charge, a highlight is the Crow's Nest on the museum's roof with spectacular views of downtown Beaufort, Taylor's Creek, and the famous lighthouses at Cape Lookout.
315 Front St, Beaufort, North Carolina 28516
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Fort Macon State Park at Emerald Isle

Fort Macon State Park

Explore this educational, historic fort for free, and wander around the top of the moat overlooking the ocean. Encounter cavernous brick rooms, sealed-off (and air-conditioned!) stations with special exhibits, and recreations of WWII life like the old mess hall.
2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina 28512
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Swansboro at North Carolina


Across the Intracoastal Waterway near Hammocks Beach State Park, this friendly city offers a wide variety of restaurants, including dining spots directly on the waterfront. Come for the shopping, boating, fishing, and weekly summer concerts in Olde Towne Square.
Swansboro, North Carolina 28584
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