Get your family on a boat

Buy a Boat

This is obviously the most costly option and not always possible.  I've heard that financing can be reasonable, but after that you must consider possible boat trailer, boat storage, dock fees, gas, and maintenance.

Phone a Friend

They say the thing that is even better than having a boat is having a friend (or family member) with a boat.  If you are lucky enough to be invited on a boat, remember to ask what you can bring and that you are typically on the captain's schedule.  

Call Fins2Feathers

My good friend, Luis Herron, would be happy to customize the day trip of your dreams. Luis is awesome.  By the end of the trip, he'll be your friend, too!  Call or message Luis to book a trip:  252-646-9730.

Rent a Boat

I wish our area had a "boating club" like I've heard about in other areas, but we do have places where you can rent a boat.  Ask google!

Take the LookOut Catamaran Cruise

I've taken this several times and it is very enjoyable and easy!  If you take the all day trip, lunch is catered by Beaufort Grocery.  What more can you ask?!

Book a Ferry

Ferry services are available to and from several locations!

Go to Radio Island

Probably the closest feeling to being a boat that you can get without actually being on a boat.  Accessible by car.  Located between Morehead City and Beaufort.  Bathrooms are available.


public boat launch ramps

This is the short list! More available!


Morehead/Beaufort Causeway Boat Launch

Curtis Perry Public Park/Taylor’s Creek Ramp

Harkers Island Beach & Boat Ramp

Newport River Pier and Ramp, Beaufort

Town Creek Water Access, Beaufort

Grayden Paul Town Park, Beaufort

Derwood’s Landing, Beaufort

Thorofare Bridge, Cedar Island

Cedar Street Park, Emerald Isle

Fishermen’s Park, Beaufort

Conch’s Point, Morehead City


Go to the beach


This is the Short List of Parking Areas! More are Available!


Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach (AB)

Iron Steamer Public Access, Pine Knoll Shores (PKS)

Trinity Center Public Accesss, PKS

Ameri-Suites Parking, PKS

Knollwood, PKS

Memorial Park Public Access, PKS

Clamdigger Inn Public Access, PKS

Salter Path Regional Public Access, Salter Path

Western Ocean Regional Access, Emerald Isle (EI)

Eastern Ocean Regional Access, EI

Play Ashore

One great alternative to "beach" days is spending days at the shore.  We are lucky that the Crystal Coast offers us so many options!

Below are a few of our favorite shore locations in Morehead City, NC and why:

20th Street

Fairly large public waterway area.  Sandbar comes out at low tide. Great place to take kids and/or dogs. 

16th Street

Parking available at nearby Shevans Park if street parking is full.  Plus, you can play at the park and use the restrooms!

11th Street

Public dock and restrooms available.  Downtown Morehead is walkable.

Radio Island

The closest feeling to going to Shack or the Cape without a boat.  The water is generally calm, there is an ample parking lot, and bathrooms are available.

I love a good beach day as much as the next girl, but some days it just isn't practical or possible by myself with the kiddos.  Take me to the Shore!


No Pool, No problem

The Best Alternative to the Pool is... A Splash Pad!

The Crystal Coast does not offer any public pools that I am aware of.  But, there are plenty of neighborhood pools, club pools, and private pools in the area.

No pool, no problem!  Fortunately, the Atlantic Beach Town Park opened in 2017.  This park offers a SPLASH PAD, two playground areas, miniature golf, and skatepark.  As an added bonus, the park offers free Wifi.

The Splash Pad, Mini Golf, and Concessions are open during the summer season and closed during the off season.

Bring your bathing suit and your family for free fun in the sun!

The town of Beaufort also has plans in the works for a Splash Pad soon.  

More Splash Pads = More Fun!