Sometimes you just can’t be where you want to be. The good news is that in today’s world you can still explore your favorite places and feel like you’re right there anytime, anywhere! Here are a few of our local favorite places in Emerald Isle and all along the Crystal Coast that you can visit, learn about, and immerse yourself in no matter where you are—and without even having to leave your couch. Enjoy these online ways to explore the Crystal Coast of NC. They are also great resources for kids who love to learn about the beach, nature, science and history of our local area. Happy virtual exploring!
WATCH THE WILD HORSES
Who doesn’t love watching these marvelous creatures as they roam the banks of the Rachel Carson Reserve (also known as Carrot Island) and Shackleford Banks? The wild horses of the Crystal Coast are fascinating to learn about and one of the area’s most unique treasures. Take a few minutes to watch this video and see them in their natural habitat from a photographer’s perspective. Then keep learning more about these amazing equines by following the link below.
VIEW LIVING HISTORY AT FORT MACON
Fort Macon has a long and storied past. How much do you know about this historic site and state park? Start by watching this documentary presented by Our State magazine and see how much you know. From there, head over to the NC Parks page to explore even more. This is a great one for the history lovers in your life or for students who want to learn more about the history of the Crystal Coast over the years.
EXPERIENCE THE NC AQUARIUM AT PKS
The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers an up-close look at the coastal wildlife and their surrounding habitats. This video gives you a quick overview of what the aquarium has to offer, but you really need to head over to their Facebook page and check out their video section. They have behind-the-scenes action, animal encounters, and more aquarium fun for you to watch. You can also visit their website to explore their Fun and Learning Corner where you can read books from their virtual bookshelf!
EXPLORE CAPE LOOKOUT LIGHTHOUSE
Take a quick boat trip over to Cape Lookout National Seashore and view the lighthouse by watching this video that talks about the history and current importance of the Cape Lookout Lighthouse. After you’ve watched this video, check out more of the coastal beauty and fabulous views from the lighthouse on the National Park Service page. There’s plenty to watch, see and learn. It’s the next best thing to actually being there!
VISIT BOGUE INLET FISHING PIER
Come stroll the Bogue Inlet Pier in Emerald Isle with us while you learn more about its history and popularity. Take in the panoramic Atlantic Ocean views while you watch the hustle and bustle of the fishing action. You’ll even learn a little more about what people are catching while they’re here. If this video leaves you wanting more, head over to the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier’s live cam and enjoy the views for as long as you’d like.
ENJOY AERIAL VIEWS OF EMERALD ISLE
Last but certainly not least, we wanted to give you your Emerald Isle beach fix. If you’re missing the beautiful beaches and friendly oceanside town right about now, at least you can watch this aerial footage that really captures the coastal beauty from a bird’s eye view. Along with the pristine beaches and lovely ocean waters, you’ll also see the fabulous sunrises and sunsets. Enjoy the views, and we’ll see you again soon.
what do you miss most about the crystal coast When you aren’t here?
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