Things To Do near Emerald Isle, NC

Playtime has a lot to offer with a pool, billiards, arcade table, home theater, corn hole, mini-golf and a hot tub! But sometimes you just need to get out of the house (or away from extended family!) - so here are some ideas for some things to do nearby. You don't have to go far - many of these family activities and attractions are right in Emerald Isle or just over the bridge.

You can find more ideas on our Education page - if you want something a little more educational.

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Mac Daddy's

With bowling, video games, driving range, go-carts and an escape room, there is LOTS to do at Mac Daddy's. Their food is good, too - if you like American "bar" food. The escape room is quite good - with a great theme and challenging puzzles!

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Island Water Sports

If you love the water, there is plenty to do here! Rent kayaks, Waverunners, or paddle boards. Or just ride the Banana Boat or Bumper Boats. Lots of options, but plan ahead - they are busy in the summer!

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Bogue Inlet Pier

Interested in doing some fishing while in Emerald Isle? This is a great place to start - get daily or season fishing passes, rent a rod and reel, or just walk the pier. Surf's Up Bar & Grill has good food and a lot of variety if you are hungry. Or catch some fish to cook for dinner at your vacation rental.

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The Salty Pirate Water Park

The Salty Pirate is an affordable "mini" water park in Emerald Isle - with multiple open and tube slides. If you have family members who don't like to get in the ocean - this might be a good activity for you! Its on the island, so just a short drive from your vacation rental.

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Carteret County Speedway

Into racing? Carteret County Speedway is a local racetrack, sanctioned by NASCAR. With everything from Street Stock and Mini-Stock to Mini Cup and Champ Kart - Bobby Watson's Carteret County Speedway is one of the top tracks for drivers and fans from all over the Carolinas.

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Emerald Plantation Shopping Center

Having a hard time finding something to do everyone can agree on? Emerald Plantation Shopping Center right in the heart of Emerald Isle has plenty to do, including a movie theater, lots of shopping, turtles to feed, and a variety of restaurants.

More things to do on our Education page!