This is a community discussion article suggesting things to do and places to see when visiting the Carteret County NC beaches near Emerald Isle, Pine Knoll Shores, Salter Path, Indian Beach, and Atlantic Beach. We’ll also discuss entertainment along the Morehead City and Beaufort waterfront areas.
In addition, we encourage readers to use the no registration comment form located at the bottom of this article to tell us about interesting places you found as it relates to restaurants, live music, nightclubs, landmarks, museums, events, and other interesting places.
Places To See And Things To Do
Whether you and your family visited the Crystal Coast in the past, or this is your first time traveling to the area, we must recommend that you take a boat ferry to the Cape Lookout National Seashore and lighthouse and Shackleford Banks to see the wild horses of this island. Ferry boats leave the Morehead City, Beaufort, and Harkers Island waterfront every 30 minutes or so during the holiday. Call Island Express Ferry at (252) 728-7433 to inquire about their services.
Another must see and do place to visit is the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores where kids and families can spend an entire day visiting exhibits, educational sessions, see fish, sharks, and other maritime animals. The aquarium also has play areas and walking paths you can enjoy. The address is 1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512 and their number is (252) 247-4003.
As stated above, most entertainment in the form of live music, dancing, nightclubs, events, and bars are located along the waterfront in Morehead City and Beaufort, and at the circle in Atlantic Beach. In Emerald Isle, nightlife and restaurants are evenly spread out along this town. The same can be said for Harkers Island.
Carteret County NC sets itself apart from most beach communities in that we’ve purposefully kept our environment less commercialized than other locations along the East Coast. Within our ecosystem, you get small town quaint and charming southern beaches and sand dunes with a unmistakable family feel.
For kids, anywhere along our coast, sand dunes, and sandy beach areas are great places to find rare intact seashells and sharks teeth. However, if you get the opportunity to take a ferry to Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout, seashell hunting will yield you greater value.
If you visit our coastal area on Memorial Day and do not get to experience our fresh seafood, then you’ve certainly missed out. The Crystal Coast is home to many commercial fishermen and we take great pride in delivering the best seafood dinners rivaling any location in the United States.
To learn more about the history and culture of our area, please consider visiting the N.C. Maritime Museum located on Front St in Beaufort NC. Expect to spend at least a half day there learning about our maritime culture, history with pirates of the Atlantic, boat building, and living off coastal lands.
If serious big game fishing is something you’re interested in, Carteret County NC is home to many charter boats which take people to the gulf stream for a full-day of world-class fishing. But these charter boats also offer the best in inshore fishing within our endless waterways. Give one of these captains a call and experience incredible recreational fishing opportunities along the southern Outer Banks.
If recreational diving is your thing, waters off Cape Lookout and Beaufort have over 75 colonial era shipwrecks to dive, and there are many world-class diving charters within our boundaries.
Weekend Visitor And Travel Discussions
For this section, we’re asking visitors who traveled to our area to use the comment form below to tell us about interesting places, events, and entertainment you and your family found when visiting our community on Memorial Day.
Which beach communities did you stay in? What places did you explore? Which events did you attend? What community did you see fireworks in? Which barrier islands did you go to?
Where did you find live music and festivals during this holiday weekend? What did you find unique about our beaches compared to other tourist destinations?
Our county has rich traditions and pride in the U.S. military and we have several installations where soldiers serve. The U.S. Coast Guard bases at Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle help serve rescue missions during the holiday weekend. Additionally, USMC Cherry Point and Camp Lejeune are within a 45 minute drive of our border, and many soldiers live and vacation at our beaches.
Last but not least, it’s important to remember that we celebrate the women and men who died serving our country in the armed forces. What local events did you observe which honors the fallen of the U.S. military?