With more than 85 miles of enticing coastline, North Carolina's Crystal Coast is an amazing place to vacation, visit, and live!
Pine Knoll Shores
Western Crystal Coast
Down East & Shackleford Banks
If I were you, I would suggest starting with
Beaufort Realty who offers both vacation and long term rentals in addition to handling all of your real estate needs.
Spectrum Rental Properties
Atlantic Beach Realty
Emerald Isle Realty
Penguin Plunge - January 1st Every Year
Chocolate Festival - 1st Weekend in February
Mardi Gras in Beaufort
St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Emerald Isle
Easter Egg Hunts - Several in the area to choose from
Newport Pig Cooking Contest - April
Strawberry Picking - seasonal at local farms
Beaufort Wine & Food Weekend - April
Cherry Point Air Show - May, every other year
Wooden Boat Show - 1st Weekend in May
Beaufort Music Festival - 3rd Weekend in May
Crystal Coast Boat Show - 3rd Weekend in May
Atlantic Beach Music Festival
Mile of Hope - Typically occurs in May
Military Appreciation Day
Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament - June
Bogue Banks Kiteboarding Festival - June
Beaufort Old Homes & Garden Tour
Alive at 5 - Fridays starting at 5 during peak months
Morehead City Marlins Baseball Games - during summer months
Races at the Carteret County Speedway
Fort Macon Stargazing Events
Free Outdoor Movies in AB and EI all summer
Free indoor kids movies - on certain weekdays at local theaters during summer months
FireWorks in Every Town Celebrating July 4th
Take A Kid Fishing
NC Ducks Unlimited Billfish Tournament - July
Beaufort Pirate Invasion - August each year
Seafood Festival - 1st Weekend in October
Carolina Kite Fest - October
Garner’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch -seasonal
Small Business Saturday - November
Flotillas - These are boat parades! There are several flotillas in the area to choose from!
Beaufort Candlelight Home Tour - December
Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild, Harkers Island - December Veterans Day Parade
New Years Eve Events! - CrabPot Drop in Morehead, Pig Drop in Newport, and Pirate Drop in Beaufort
Carteret Partnership for Children Events
Check with the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce for more local news and events: www.nccoastchamber.com
Sea & Play, the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, museums and more are here!
SEA and PLAY is a space where kids are encouraged to explore! The hands-on opportunities, geared toward a wide range of ages, promote and encourage interactive play for everyone. We are offering various activities and events throughout the summer, as well as customizable birthday parties to make that special day the best one yet! Come in and see us!!
The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m daily, including most holidays. The Aquarium is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
The Crystal Coast has 4 Museums:
Also, keep in mind that Chick Filet and Dairy Queen in Morehead City have indoor playgrounds. Michaels and Lowes' offer kids' activities on some weekends.
I put together a little book as both a learning resource and guide to family living on the Crystal Coast. Readers are invited to dream, learn and play. Come on. Take a peak. I know once you learn about the Crystal Coast, you won't be able to stay away.