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Pine Knoll Shores NC: Things To Do And See When Visiting

When planning a trip or family vacation to Pine Knoll Shores NC, please use this article to find favorite places to see and things to do when visiting. Additionally, we encourage past visitors to leave feedback and inform us of other attractions in the local area that are not listed here.

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Things To See And Do

NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores: Located at 1 Roosevelt Blvd, the NC Aquarium At Pine Knoll Shores is open daily and is a family oriented attraction that showcases many fish, marine mammals, and other species of marine life from the waters of the Atlantic Oceans and area waterways. Expect to see a large shark tank, snakes, shorebirds, saltwater marshes, jellyfish, crabs, sea turtles and sea turtle rescue exhibits, and a large auditorium where educational talks are given. In addition to these opportunities, there is even a kids play area. This attraction can be reached by calling 252-247-4003.

Families visiting this attraction can expect to spend a half day.

Beaches: All of Pine Knoll Shores is located on the island of Bogue Banks with the Atlantic Ocean on one side, and Bogue Sound on the other. The main road along Bogue Banks is Highway 58 and from this road you will find several CAMA public beach access areas where families on vacation can get to the beaches.

This town is very much a residential area with not a lot of commercial interest, but there are many single family homes, resorts, small hotels and motels, RV parks, and mobile home parks that cater to visitors. Please contact local real estate agencies about vacation rentals.

The beaches and sand dunes in this NC town are pristine, very clean, routinely nourished, and uncrowded. However, we do ask that visitors to this town learn more about rip currents along the beaches as each year there are several deaths and water rescues related to rip currents.

From May till September, there is world-class beach fishing opportunities in this area.

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The town of Pine Knoll Shores is one of five towns on Bogue Banks and sits near the center to eastern edge of the island. This town borders Atlantic Beach to the east and Salter Path / Indian Beach to the west.

The town is mainly a residential area with single family homes, resorts, RV parks, and mobile home parks. Additionally, there are nearby motels and hotels, convenience stores, and small retail stores.

Visitors to this NC town typically find that the beaches are very majestic and uncrowded even in the busy tourism season which runs from May in the springtime to the late fall months ending around the end of August.

If visiting this town, PLEASE learn all you can about rip currents and know what the conditions are daily for area beaches before swimming. We can not emphasize enough how many water rescues and accidents there are each year on beaches in this town.

Town government offices are at:

100 Municipal Circle
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512

The local community is within Carteret County NC on the southern Outer Banks and the area code is 252, with the zip code being 28512.

Law enforcement, fire, and EMS is handled locally.

Pine Knoll Shores Tourism Information


If you are a past visitor to this town, aside from the NC Aquarium and local area beaches, what are some other attractions and things to do and see within the town limits?

What are some suggested CAMA beach access areas that offer convenient parking?

Do any of the beaches in this town offer protected swimming areas with lifeguards?

What are some suggested motels and hotels within the town limits that have good reviews and offer pet friendly accommodations?

What are some local real estate agencies that deal with vacation rentals in Pine Knoll Shores?


To Atlantic Beach: 5 minutes.

To Salter Path and Indian Beach: 5 minutes.

To Emerald Isle at the western end of Bogue Banks: 13 minutes.

To Morehead City: 15 minutes.

To Beaufort: 18 minutes.


Carteret County NC does not have commercial airline service. If you are considering a family vacation in this community, please look at Coastal Carolina Airport in New Bern NC and Albert Ellis Airport in Jacksonville NC.

Michael Sharp

Native of Carteret County NC, Father to Makayla and Savannah. You can add me on Facebook. Interest include web development, encryption, and other technologies.

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