Attractions in Emerald Isle, NC

If you are looking for something to do on Emerald Isle, NC, this section will guide you to festivals, a nearby aquarium and state parks. There's enough sun, sand, and surf for swimmers, boaters, cyclists, tourists and locals, alike. After a swim in the ocean take a walk or ride your bike on the four mile walking and biking path which is well-kept and popular.

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North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
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General Attractions

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores Emerald Isle Attractions
N.C. Hwy. 58
1 Roosevelt Blvd.
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512-0580
(252) 247-4003

Experience the thrill of exploring sunken ships — without getting wet — at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Three shipwreck exhibits re-create the adventure of recreational diving off the North Carolina coast. Visitors also can feel the spray from a mountain waterfall, hold a crab, touch a stingray,...more about North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

2303 East Fort Macon Rd
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 726-3775

July -August 2021  The Concert in the Park Series brings concerts on Fridays, July 2 - August 6 and includes pop classics, orchestral band, Cajun, bluegrass and Civil War era music. This is one of the many outreach projects of the Friends of Fort Macon, and admission is free. Choose one concert...more about Concert Series at Fort Macon

Jaycee Park
807 Shepard Street
Morehead City, NC
(252) 726-5083

July - October 2021  Come to Jaycee Park and enjoy live music while you watch the sunset on the water. This family-friendly series is promoted by the Downtown Morehead City Revitalization Association. Concert dates are Fridays, 7/16/21, 8/20/21,...more about Concert Series in the Park - Alive at Five

Western Ocean Regional Access Facility
Islander Drive
Emerald Isle, NC

June - August 2021  The EmeraldFest Outdoor Concert Series adds live music to the salty sunsets on Emerald Isle.  Beginning on June 24th, the concerts will be held every Thursday evening from 6:30 - 8 PM at the Western Ocean Regional Access Facility. These live concerts include a variety of music -...more about EmeraldFest Outdoor Concert Series

8915 Reed Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 354-2609

Whether you and your children are looking for thrilling water slides or a wading pool, The Salty Pirate Waterpark is a fun place to stay cool. This completely renovated water park has plenty of umbrellas and tables for picnicking, lounges for sunbathing, and a snack bar with arcades. All day, half...more about The Salty Pirate Waterpark

Pavilion at Olde Town Square
Swansboro, NC
(910) 326-4428

June 27, 2021  Bring your lawn chairs and your family and friends to SwanFest at the Pavilion in Olde Town Square for live music. Enjoy free concerts every Sunday evening from June until September from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. With tunes from Country/Rock, Contemporary/Folk, to Reggae and more, SwanFest gathers for...more about SwanFest

1 Roosevelt Dr.
Pine Knoll Shores, NC
(252) 247-4003

This little gem of woods surrounds the North Carolina Aquarium on Roosevelt Drive in Pine Knoll Shores and borders N.C. Highway 58 as it winds through Bogue Banks. Maintained by the aquarium staff and North Carolina State Parks, the 300 acres have extensive maritime forests ponds. The forest attracts naturalists, birders,...more about Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area

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