Sprawling across the western end of Bogue Banks Island, Emerald Isle is a seaside town on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. Since 1971, it has been connected to the mainland by the Cameron Langston Bridge and is a popular family vacation destination, with sandy beaches, amusement attractions and a variety of water sports on offer.
Things to do in Emerald Isle
Traversed by shoreline and forest trails, Emerald Isle Woods Park is a scenic recreational spot along the north coast of Bogue Banks Island. It’s one of the hundreds of locations on the North Carolina Birding Trail, with a variety of wading birds and woodpeckers regularly spotted here. You can test your skills on the 9-hole disc-golf course or cook up a meal on one of the barbecue grills.
No visit to Emerald Isle is complete without visiting the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier, a historic landmark with magnificent views across the Atlantic Ocean. Cast a fishing line to lure wahoo, king mackerel and mullet or enjoy a stroll while soaking up the salty air. Bait and tackle can be purchased at the pier convenience store while seafood dishes are on the menu at nearby Surfs Up Grill and Bar.
Travelling with kids? Head to the Salty Pirate Waterpark, which is home to family-friendly water slides, wading pools and arcade games. Let loose on the tube slides before grabbing a bite to eat at the snack bar or just relax on the sun-dappled deck. Alternatively, you can take a spin on the go-kart course of Fun World Motorsports.
Getting around Emerald Isle
Emerald Isle is a 40-minute drive from Jacksonville and an hour from Albert J. Ellis Airport, which has regular flights to Charlotte and Atlanta. Renting a car is the most convenient way of getting around Emerald Isle.