The Best Things To Do in Emerald Isle Right Now

The Best Things To Do in Emerald Isle Right Now

It's February and Emerald Isle, NC has a lot to offer you and your family. If you read our previous post about things we love in February on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina, you already know that this area is booming with big events and awesome things to do. Let's zoom in and focus in on the beach and town of Emerald Isle to find out the best things to do right here and right now.  

Sometimes you don't think about a beach vacation in the winter off-season months, but you're missing out if you don't explore what Emerald Isle has to offer you this time of year. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how refreshing it can be to escape the winter blues and get some sun on your face, a little sand between your toes, and a deep breath of the salty ocean air. Aaahh, it's the best! But wait, there's more.

Fun for Everyone 

Emerald Isle Beach Fun for Everyone  

There is beach fun for everyone in February with wide open beaches and miles of shoreline. The off-season is less crowded so that means more beach for you. Here are a few of the best things to do on the beach right now. 

Shelling: Less people on the beach translates to more shells for you! Get out there and see what coastal treasures there are to be discovered. Emerald Isle is an awesome location for finding seashells, sea glass, sand dollars and shark teeth. Winter storms have churned up some of the sand and washed up an interesting mix of hidden and not-so-hidden finds. Grab your beach bag or bucket and set out on a shelling adventure. Don't forget to use this Emerald Isle shelling guide to help you along the way. 

Surf Fishing: You don't need much to have a surf fishing experience on the beach. A surf-fishing rod, some bait or lures, and a cooler to hold your catch are about it. Don't forget your NC fishing license, of course. Who knows what you'll reel in and what fish stories you'll have to tell after a day of fishing on the beach. You can read more about fishing in Emerald Isle and along the Crystal Coast here.

Walk, Run, or Bike Emerald Isle: You'll find the temperatures and weather conditions in Emerald Isle during the off-season quite agreeable and perfect for getting out in the great outdoors. Whether you walk, run or bike your way through Emerald Isle, it offers up its own coastal adventure on any given day. The sightseeing is great and you'll get exercise while you're at it. Perfect!

Kid-friendly Beach Activities: It doesn't take much for kids of any age (and kids at heart) to be happy for hours on end at the beach. There is so much to do and plenty of ways to have fun in the sun, sand and surf. Your kids will love the wide-open freedom they have on the beach this time of year to run, play, explore and discover. Here are the top 10 kid-friendly beach activities for some extra ideas on the best ways to spend time with the kids on the beach.


Kid-Friendly Events 

Kid-Friendly Events in Emerald Isle 


Friday Free Flicks: The gymnasium at the Emerald Isle Community Center is the place to be every second Friday of the month for a family-friendly movie night. The Friday Free Flick series is a local favorite. Not only is it free for everyone, but you can also enjoy a drink and a popcorn for only $1. You can't beat that deal with a stick. All you need to do is bring a chair or blanket and get settled in for an evening of movie watching with your family and friends. The movies are always family-oriented and children must be accompanied by an adult.

This month's featured film is the 2010 blockbuster hit: Disney's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" (Rated PG). You can find each month's featured film by calling Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation the Monday of the movie week or by checking the online Emerald Isle events calendar


Story Time and Pre-K Play: The Emerald Isle Community Center also hosts Story Time and Pre-K Play each second Monday of the month. Story time is in the classroom followed by open play in the gymnasium for children ages 5 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult, as supervision is not provided. This is a time for parents and children to socialize, play and just get to know each other better. Please bring any supplies you may need such as diapers, wipes, and bottles. You can call 252-354-6350 for more details or visit the online Emerald Isle events calendar.



Explore Emerald Isle

Exploring Emerald Isle is a wonderful way to spend your time. Indoors or outdoors, you can plan your adventure however you choose.  

Parks, Trails, Beach Accesses: Take advantage of the comfortable weather and explore the local parks, walking and hiking trails, and beach access points in Emerald Isle. Get to know our island a little bit better by getting up-close and personal with nature and all of the coastal beauty that surrounds you. You can read more about Emerald Isle parks, water access points and more here. 

Kayaking and Canoeing: Paddling your way through the local waters gives you a unique perspective of our barrier island beauty. Get out and see the sights and have an on-the-water adventure of your very own. You can use our Top 10 Tips for Kayaking Along the Coast to help guide you. 

Dining and Nightlife: Just because it's the off-season, doesn't mean you can't go out on the town. Though some of our Emerald Isle restaurants operate on a seasonal basis, there are also some that are open all year long. Same goes for the nightlife. Just be sure to call and confirm their hours before you go.  

Crystal Coast Attractions: Emerald Isle is located close and convenient to some of the Crystal Coast's best loved attractions. From the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores to historic Fort Macon and the surrounding state park, there's plenty to see and do. 


What do you love most about Emerald Isle in the off-season months and how do you spend your time? We'd love to hear all about it. Our comment section is always open!


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