You'll Love These Ultimate Tours of the Crystal Coast


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There are so many breathtaking ways to explore the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. In fact, every day is a new adventure here. Are you looking for some of the ultimate ways to tour the Carolina coastline? We can help! Check out our local recommendations for some of the best tours around. Try one or try them all!

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By Land: Crystal Coast Ecotours

Enjoy a coastal adventure of your very own with a personalized guided tour of the Crystal Coast by an experienced and knowledgable marine biologist. Delve into the natural treasures during your exploration of secluded barrier islands, sea grass meadows, backwater sounds, near-ocean waters and a national seashore.

Full and half-day tours are available, which offer up some of the best Crystal Coast experiences and adventures. Go shelling, clamming, birding, exploring, crabbing, snorkeling, seining (pulling nets to catch young fish), dolphin watching, fishing and wild horse watching, just to name a few. For an overview of the historical landscape and natural beauty of the area, 2-hour boat tours are also available.

Are you interested in more of what ecotours are available to you and how to customize your experience? Click on the Crystal Coast Ecotours link to find out more! You'll probably want to add this to your Crystal Coast bucket list, if you haven't already.

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By Air: Crystal Coast Air Tours

Southern Air Tours is your aerial host for a bird's eye view of the Crystal Coast. Where else can you venture out over Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks to see the famous wild horses racing along the beach, spot schools of dolphin, large sharks, see a humpback whale swimming just below the surface, scope out the spot where the infamous Blackbeard sank his vessel, and fly over the historic Fort Macon site all within an hour's time?

Air tour options include a 30-minute Cape Lookout Tour, a 45-minute Beaches and Banks Tour, or a 60-minute Crystal Coast Tour. Extended tours are available upon request to Ocracoke and the Outer Banks, too. Air tours are flown in Cessna 172s, which are a 4-seat high-wing aircraft. One child under the age of five can fly for free.

Sounds like another bucket list item, doesn't it? Find out more on the Crystal Coast Air Tours website!

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By Sea: Crystal Coast Sightseeing Cruises

There are many ways to see the sights on the stunning Crystal Coast of North Carolina—on the water is one of the most popular, for obvious reasons. There are a plethora of choices when it comes to how to see the sights from the water, though. It really depends on your preferences. From a kayak, on a stand-up paddleboard, during a dinner cruise, from a sailboat, on a catamaran: You decide!

Check out some of our favorite water tours and sightseeing adventures right here:

We hope you enjoy our suggestions and the views that come with these ultimate tours. Tell us what you think!

What's your favorite way to tour the Crystal Coast of NC and see the sights?

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