How to Get Wild and Crazy on the Crystal Coast

How to Get Wild and Crazy on the Crystal Coast 

Endless adventures abound on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Whether by land, sea or air, there are many ways to experience the best of coastal North Carolina during your Emerald Isle beach vacation. You don't have to travel far from your Emerald Isle rental to find them, either. Here are a few ways to explore the wild side of the Crystal Coast and a few other crazy adventures you may want to put on your Crystal Coast bucket list. 
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Wild Adventures on the Crystal Coast

Get in touch with your wild side by getting up-close-and-personal with the natural surroundings. Get away from it all by feeling the salty breeze in your hair, immersing yourself in the coastal beauty that surrounds you, and getting lost in an outdoor adventure of your choosing. Here are some of our favorite Crystal Coast adventures that put you into the wild. 

Embark on an Ecotour


Ecotours are a fantastic way to get to know the Crystal Coast of North Carolina better and give you a personalized touring experience of the ecosystems of the local area. Choose your adventure by selecting a focused ecotour based on your interests. Birding, dolphin watching, observing the wild horses, crabbing, clamming, fishing and shelling are among some of the most popular Crystal Coast ecotours. Take a coastal ecology tour by sailboat or motor your way through an ecotour adventure with your own marine biologist to help guide you. You can't go wrong with whichever way you choose!

Take a Dolphin Watching Cruise

Cruise the local waters and keep your eye on some of the most fascinating marine life around with a dolphin-watching excursion. Observe the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat and learn more about these smart and sassy creatures. A dolphin-watching cruise is the perfect family-friendly activity for all ages. You can combine your tour to include a Sunday brunch while you sip mimosas or pair it with a wild-horse-watching adventure or day trip to Cape Lookout. There are many local cruise, sightseeing and excursion options on the Crystal Coast, each with their own niche and expertise. Peruse these local links and see which dolphin adventure is best for you and your family. 

Go Horseback Riding Horseback Riding

Whether you gallop through the fringe of the Croatan National Forest or giddyup along the Southern Outer Banks shoreline with a trot on the beach, horseback riding is one-of-kind way to experience the Crystal Coast. Make it a family adventure, a couple's excursion or a friends' day out. No experience is necessary and all horseback riding tours are guided. You can read more about horseback riding adventures near Emerald Isle, NC right here.

Try Primitive Camping on the North Carolina Coast

Forego the creature comforts for a while and enjoy all that nature has to offer you by trying a primitive camping experiencing on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Forget the crowds and packed campgrounds and instead bask in the quiet natural beauty of the Southern Outer Banks. Hammocks Beach State Park, Bear Island and Cape Lookout National Seashore offer some of the best places to get away from it all. You can read more about Camping on the Crystal Coast here. Also check out these Primitive Camping Tips. Then pack up your tent, backpack and essentials and head out on a remote camping adventure of your very own. 


Crazy Adventures on the Crystal Coast

If you tend to crave adrenaline-inducing adventures activities that make your pulse pound, then we have some crazy adventures to satisfy your inner thrill seeker. Push the boundaries of your comfort zone and try something new and exciting on your next Crystal Coast beach vacation. Here are a few ideas for you!

Wreck Dive the Graveyard of the Atlantic

There are two superb Crystal Coast diving companies which offer you everything you need for a memorable scuba diving experience. Olympus Diving in Morehead City and Discovery Diving in Beaufort are your go-to diving resources when you're here. Scuba diving is unique experience in and of itself, but paired with the abundant shipwrecks along this portion of the Southern Outer Banks—better known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic—your diving excursion just got a lot more exciting. With more than 2000 shipwrecks dotting the North Carolina coastline combined with a plethora of purposefully sunk vessels and artificial reefs, diving on the Crystal Coast is one of the best scuba adventures anywhere. 

Go Kiteboarding, Kitesurfing or Foilboarding in Emerald IsleKitesurfing

Blown Kiteboarding offers foilboarding, kiteboarding and kitesurfing adventures for every skill level. Feel the thrill of the coastal breeze as it takes you along the beautiful coastline and gives you awesome views powered by nature. Find kitesurfing and kiteboarding events, road trips and every other type of wind-powered activity to help you feel the wind in your sails and the salty ocean air on your face. Professional lessons, gear sales and rentals, and more are available. Check them out, if you dare!

Fly High on a Parasailing Adventure

Let the wind hit your face and the breeze blow your hair as you look down upon some of the most beautiful views found anywhere! Parasailing over the Crystal Coast offers up amazing aerial scenery and bird's eye views of Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Fort Macon State Park, Shackleford Banks and more. It's easy enough for anyone, as well as being both relaxing and exhilarating all at the same time. Several parasail outfitters operate on the Crystal Coast and are just a short ride from your Emerald Isle rental. Dragonfly Parasail and AB Watersport Adventures are right on Bogue Banks, while Beaufort Inlet Watersports is in nearby historic Beaufort-by-the-Sea. Any of them can hook you up, literally and figuratively. 

Deep Sea Fishing & Sportfishing ChartersDeep Sea Fishing

Have an open water adventure in the Gulf Stream or reel in the big one on a sportfishing charter on the Crystal Coast. With plenty of fishing options, experienced captains and worthy vessels, you'll have a fishing adventure with memories that last a lifetime. What will the catch of the day bring in? You can check out our favorite Crystal Coast deep sea fishing and sportfishing charters here. 

Take a Private Island Hopping Charter to Cape Lookout

Experience a Cape Lookout National Seashore and Lighthouse excursion that is unforgettable by embarking on a private island hopping charter that's just you and a few of your closest friends and family. You decide the itinerary, or let Lookout Adventures suggest your island destinations based on their local knowledge and experience. Either way, you’ll have a blast enjoying and exploring. Swimming, snorkeling, shelling and even fishing can be combined with this trip. Pick your coastal pleasure! Choose from a signature half-day Cape Lookout Island Hopping Adventure or charter the boat and captain for an entire day and really soak up the local flavor. 


So what are you waiting for? Plenty of Crystal Coast adventures await you. You just need to get here and let us show you the best ways to get wild and crazy while you're here. Bring your bucket list and check off a few items.

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