The Best Things To Do in Emerald Isle in January
January is rolling in fast. With the whirlwind of the holiday season, the end of year to-do lists, and all the gatherings—the new month and new year will be here before we know it. So stop what you're doing, inhale slowly then exhale, and take a few moments to see what's happening in January all along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. How about a little beach escape after the holidays to unwind and relax? We have the perfect Emerald Isle beach rental for you! Think about it while you check out these awesome activities.
Explore the Town of Emerald Isle
Nice matters here all year long! It is the town motto after all. Explore the natural coastal beauty, get to know the local community, experience Emerald Isle in the off season where there are still plenty of things for you to see and do—and without the summer crowds. Walk on pristine wide-open beaches, watch the sunrise over the ocean and the sunset over the sound, fish from the pier, bike ride through town, or take a dinner cruise. The possibilities go on and on. Start your new year off on the right foot—a sandy one, of course. Watch the video for more Emerald Isle inspiration!
Go Shelling on Emerald Isle Beach
The winter months provide plenty of opportunities for beachcombing and shelling. There is way less competition for those coveted seashells and with the changes of tides and seasons, you just never know what is being churned up in the Atlantic—and being washed ashore just waiting to be discovered. This is when the true shelling enthusiasts get out on the beach and find some really unique coastal treasures. Read more about beachcombing in Emerald Isle and then print out this shelling scavenger hunt for the kids!
Take a Day Trip from Your Emerald Isle Beach Rental
This is a wonderful time to get out there and explore the beautiful North Carolina coast with a few day trips that are not far from your Emerald Isle beach rental. Whether you choose to visit historic downtown New Bern, get to know the quaint and quiet town of Swansboro, stroll the waterfront boardwalk of Beaufort-by-the-Sea, or take a ferry ride to Cape Lookout National Seashore and view the lighthouse, you're sure to find more than enough adventures ahead of you. You can find a list of some of our favorite Emerald Isle day trips right here.
Discover the Crystal Coast
Included in your Emerald Isle beach vacation is the opportunity to explore even more of the southern Outer Banks area, also known as the Crystal Coast. Here you'll find a continuation of the natural beauty of the area combined with history, maritime traditions, and coastal destinations along the way—each with their own unique ambiance and offerings. Watch this short video that highlights the best of what the Crystal Coast has to offer you and your family. Then check out these local links for more fun activities and experiences. All that's left to do is to start planning your next vacation on the Crystal Coast.
Do the New Year's Day Penguin Plunge in Atlantic Beach
One of the most compelling reasons to visit the Crystal Coast in January is so that you can take The Plunge! What exactly is The Penguin Plunge, you ask? It's pretty much what it sounds like. You'll feel a bit like a penguin at this New Year's Day tradition on the beach. In the brisk Atlantic Ocean waters is where you'll find yourself on January 1st, if you dare. If you're not quite brave enough to do the Penguin Plunge, you can at least show up to support and cheer on those who do. It's fun, it's silly, and yeah—it's chilly! It's also worth mentioning that you'll be supporting a good cause. What more incentive do you really need? Check out the Penguin Plunge Facebook Page for more information about this locally loved event.
Take a First Day Hike at Fort Macon State Park
Another great way start to the new year is by taking a First Day Hike on January 1st. Fort Macon State Park hosts a hike each New Year's Day where you can spend some time in nature while getting some exercise, too. Work off those post-holiday pounds by getting active and hitting the local trails with family and friends. You can learn more about Fort Macon's First Day Hike here.
Visit the Crystal Coast Bridal Fair
Calling all brides and grooms! If you're planning a beach wedding this year, then you definitely want to be here in the month of January for the Crystal Coast Bridal Fair. This big event is tailored to help you plan your big day! Talk to wedding vendors, explore local wedding venues, and have all the wedding resources you need all in one place to plan your destination wedding on the beach in Emerald Isle—or elsewhere along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. Watch this video for a preview of what you can expect to find at the bridal fair and why you want to make plans to be there.
So as you can see, January in Emerald Isle has a lot to offer. Will you be here to experience it for yourself? We really hope so. Happy January!