200 Things to Do While Staying Safe on your Crystal Coast Vacation

1 Watch the wild horses from afar run on Shackleford Banks and Carrot Island. New foals are joining the herd during the spring.
2 Search for the largest shark tooth
3 Fly a kite on the cool ocean breeze
4 Watch the dolphins play in the surf
5 Build a sand castle
6 Explore historic Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach
7 Look for the biggest sea shell at low tide
8 Walk down the scenic Beaufort waterfront and window shop
9 Having a cooking competition at your rental property
10 Soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches
11 Start your own body surfing or boogie boarding competition and put your skills to the test
12 Curbside pickup from our local restaurants
13 Watch the boats weigh their catch at the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
14 Strawberry picking at the local Garner Farms
15 Pack a lunch and have a picnic at Fort Macon State Park
16 Have a cup of coffee with your pup at Muttigans in Emerald Isle
17 Sushi Night! Enjoy $5 Sushi from Publix on Wednesdays
18 Snap some pictures in front of The Morehead City Murals!
19 Do an online yoga or workout video on the beach!
20 Go feed the turtles at The Emerald Plantation
21 Walk the trails in the Emerald Forest Park off of Coast Guard Road
22 Play a round of golf at Star Hill!
23 Create your own sand dollar picture frame to remember your wonderful vacation
24 Surprise your loved one with flowers from Petal Pushers!
25 Do an in home scavenger hunt with the kids in your vacation home! (blog link)
26 Burn some extra vacation calories riding your bike on the Emerald Isle Bike Trail
27 Dessert Bake Off!
28 Watch the fishing charters unload the daily catch on the Morehead City waterfront.
29 Take lots of photos to enter into our annual Bluewater Photo Contest
30 Load up on some of the state’s best wine at the Wine Market in Emerald Isle
31 Gather items to donate to local animal shelters
32 Wade off shores of Bogue Sound to clam or cast a net
33 Need an idea for good pictures? Walk to the end of the Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier for a wonderful view
34 Enjoy coloring a Bluewater Coloring Contest sheet for a chance to win a prize!
35 Witness the baby sea turtles hatch and make a run for the ocean in the early summer evenings
36 Drop a crab pot off your sound front pier and check it daily for fresh crabs
37 Surf Fish off the beach and see what you can catch (make sure you have your fishing license)
38 Bask in the sun at Hammocks Beach State Park
39 Host your own evening beach party while playing corn hole and dance the evening away.
40 Take a step back in history on self walking tour of the Beaufort Historical Site
41 Play a game of beach Ultimate Frisbee
42 Family Ice Cream Sundae Night with all the toppings
43 Hunt for sea glass along the shore, blue and purple are rare finds
44 Stroll down the docks at the Morehead City waterfront
45 Interact with the Marine life in tidal pools along the coast
46 Search for sand dollars in the surf
47 Watch the Fighter Planes fly down the coast
48 Take a walk through the shops in historic downtown Swansboro
49 Write encouraging cards and mail them to the residents and staff at Crystal Bluffs Rehabilitation Facility
50 Go whale watching at Cape Lookout and the Bogue Inlet Pier
51 Walk out on the Point in Emerald Isle
52 Check out the local catch on the Bogue Inlet Pier
53 Go bird watching in Emerald Woods
54 Take & Bake Crab Cakes from the Island Grille in Atlantic Beach
55 Spark the romance with a walk on the beach at sunset
56 Launch your kayak at the Emerald Isle boat ramp and explore the sound
57 Start a game of beach football
58 Find what gets washed up on shore after a big storm
59 Take a sequence of photos of the sun rises and sunsets
60 Watch the big ships dock at the State Port in Morehead City
61 Chase Ghost Crabs along the shore after dark, they’re pretty fast and tricky!
62 Play volleyball at the Atlantic Beach Circle or the Emerald Isle Beach Access
63 Chase seagulls as they float on the ocean breeze
64 Spend the day exploring the many islands along the Crystal Coast
65 Order a fresh bouquet of local fresh picked from Knot a Second Thought
66 Unwind from an exciting day to a good book outside on the porch with a cold drink
67 Write messages in the sand and let the waves wash them away
68 Sit and daydream about never leaving the Crystal Coast
69 Take pictures of the ocean so you will never forget its beauty. How many shades of blue and green can you find?
70 Scavenger hunt for different colored shells
71 Count the seconds between waves breaking on the beach, you will notice a pattern
72 Look for shapes in the clouds as they blow in the breeze
73 Watch the windsurfers battle the ocean’s current
74 Protect our beaches and pick up trash and debris along the ocean. If you fill a bucket of trash, Muttigans offers those a free cup of coffee.
75 Play a game of Bocce Ball with those around you
76 Dig a hole and bury someone to their waist
77 Walk under the Bogue Inlet Pier and take a family picture
78 Bury your toes in the warm sand
79 Take a trip to Shark Tooth Island
80 Take a walk along the Emerald Isle Bike Path
81 Play a game of Horseshoes on the beach
82 Catch Sandfiddler crabs in the surf, before they can burry back into the sand
83 Throw a cast net into the sound to see what you catch
84 Walk the path through Emerald Isle and visit the shops along the way
85 Look for starfish in the surf
86 Put a bottle on the tree on Bottle Island
87 Window shop at Blu Sail pottery in Downtown Morehead and see some incredible local art.
88 Create your very own treasure adventure – dig buried treasures for your friends and family to find
89 Make your own unique seashell jewelry
90 Order your “Bring the party home” paint kit from Wine and Design in Morehead City
91 Rent bikes for a week from Bluewater Vacation Rentals so you can park the car and take a more economic ride
92 Set up your vacation rental living room for a barre session with Downtown Barre Morehead City
93 Enjoy the outdoors by bike on Swansboro 25 mile bike trail along the water and through the Croatan National Forest.
94 Get your blood pumping with a free online class from Cape Carteret Aquatic Center Facebook page
95 Enjoy a walking nature tour and even a boat cruise on Taylor’s Creek ending at Carrot Island boardwalk during the spring and summer months through The Rachel Carson National Estuarine Research office.
96 Facebook shop a local boutique like Beaufort Linen Co., COTE Boutique or GIGI & Company
97 Paddle board the Bogue Sound
98 Pick up a 6 pack of local brewed beer from Crystal Coast Brewing in Atlantic Beach
99 Host a Minute to Win it game your your vacation home
100 Plan your next vacation
101 Leave Google reviews to support Small Businesses
102 Watch Chef Cherie’s cooking videos on Facebook @globallovechef
103 Enter Jarrett Bay Clothing Company’s color contest – open for kids of all ages on their Facebook Page
104 Binge watch the Netflix show “Outer Banks” to discover the ferry from Chapel Hill, NC to the Outer Banks
105 Take it a step further and document all the mistakes from the show “Outer Banks”
106 Support Carteret Health Care Foundation’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund by purchasing a “Carteret Stronger Together” mug for only $20 at BlueSail Studios
107 Pick up a 6-pack or growler from Sharks Den
108 Make a chunky knit blanket
109 Have a front porch photoshoot done by a local photographer
110 Curbside pickup lunch from Pizza Inn, Lazzaro’s, Circle Pizza or Michaelangelos and order an extra pizza or two for the local police and fire departments
111 Play a round of frisbee golf in the Emerald Forest Park
112 Have a self care day with an at home facial mask, manicure, pedicure, meditation and yoga session
113 Donate snacks and food at the Emerald Isle Food Lion for Backpack for Kids
114 Have lunch or dinner delivered from Caribsea
115 Purchase a house plant from Carolina Home and Garden to take back home with you
116 Brunch to Go at 34 Degrees North in Beaufort, NC
117 Pick up a free mini bottle of hand sanitizer at Bogue Sound Distillery
118 The famous Beaufort Grocery is offering daily specials with curbside pickup – including their divine brunch
119 Have a front porch photo shoot at your rental property with a local photographer
120 Grab some fresh produce at Winberry Farm or The Market at Cedar Point
121 Find a new recipe to cook from the local blogger The Blond Cook
122 Create a hand drawn beach scene with items you find in the sand
123 Have a family sand castle building competition
124 Learn to Crochet, or learn a new hobby
125 Have an at home movie night filled with popcorn, candy, snacks and the latest premier
126 Comb the beach for sea glass to make your own one-of-a-kind bracelet
127 Dinner for 4 at Floyd’s 1921 in Morehead City each $35 + tax
128 Take a day to detach and step away from your phone and social media. Use that time to decompress, enjoy your family time.
129 Pick up an order of the best wings in town from Ioanni’s Grill – they are throwing in a roll of toilet paper for orders over $10
130 Taking the boat out for the day? Promise Land Market in Morehead City is offering boat snacks to go
131 Pick up a bag of ground coffee from 4Js to indulge in while here and to take some back home with you
132 Have breakfast by the 2 Crazy Donuts food truck – check their Facebook page for daily locations
133 Shop via Facebook and pick up a new bathing suit from The Posh Pelican
134 Enjoy the “Catch of the Day” at Riverside Steak & Seafood in Swansboro
135 Frosted Bakery in Swansboro is offering LIVE cake decorating classes & cupcake DIY kits with free delivery
136 Have crab legs delivered from Blackbeard’s in Beaufort, NC
137 Gather unique rocks, paint them and place them around town
138 Mix up dinner tonight and order tapas to go from the Boro in Swansboro, NC
139 Make a wind chime from driftwood and shells
140 Pick up a fresh produce bundle and kombucha on tap at Salty Air Market
141 If your vacation rental has a gravel driveway – paint a rock a colorful colors and leave it behind to spread good vibes
142 Make fresh fruit popsicles to enjoy with family and friends
143 Add Crystal Coast Opoly to your Walmart Pick-Up order for hours of fun
144 Let your creative juices flow with chalk and decorate your vacation rental driveway
145 Take your four legged friend on a walk on the bike path or beach
146 Complete a puzzle or two
147 Make a new Pandora or Spotify playlist for the beach
148 Play your favorite music and have a dance party in your vacation rental
149 Learn to TikTok Dance
150 Make nautical ornaments with salt dough to remember your vacation
151 Make a Mother’s Day Card
152 Learn to Surf or stand up paddle board
153 Decorate your vacation rental properties front windows with hearts to show your support to essential works and medial workers
154 Enjoy a cup of coffee while enjoying the views of the Crystal Coast
155 Make an at home electrolyte drink! So many recipes on Pinterest
156 Send a postcard or handmade card to loved ones
157 Have a picnic on the beach
158 Gather the family and make homemade pizzas
159 Don’t forget Taco Tuesday! Fresh Guacamole is a must.
160 Double kayak with the one you love most
161 Make a beach bucket list for you vacation
162 Read a book you have been meaning to read
163 Make your own Battle of the Sexes game and challenge your family to a battle
164 Find an easy recipe to make home dog treats
165 Use food coloring to dye sand and make sand art scenes with the kids
166 Sew your own protective face mask
167 Have a Starbucks copycat competition one morning to see who makes the best cup of joe
168 Pick-up a plain dozen of donuts and have a donut decorating competition
169 If the rain rolls in, do the rain clouds in a jar science project with your kids
170 Give DIY sand paint a try!
171 DIY candles with a large shell from the beach
172 Leave a Facebook review for your favorite small businesses
173 Make your own Bath Salts
174 DIY Kinetic sand! Find tons of recipes online
175 Super glue small shells to the end of bobby pins to make a cute new hair clip
176 Go Facebook Live from your vacation home
177 Make your own colorful hair wraps!
178 Play a game of beach soccer
179 Plan sunrise walks on the beach each morning
180 Pack rollerblades for the bike path
181 Unplug! There is a great life to be lived beyond our screens!
182 Host your own luau party – order floral leis ahead of time to make sure everyone is dressed for the occasion
183 Hit up a local wine shop and have a wine and cheese pairing with a few new flavors
184 Paint and design your own Oyster Shell ring dish
185 Make your own face masks
186 Enjoy a bag of boiled peanuts
187 Build a fort with pillows and blankets in a common room of your vacation rental
188 Use #BluewaterNC on social media to share your photos and videos
189 Start a blog about some of your most passionate parts of your life.
190 Pull those deck of cards out and round up the change and have a low stakes poker night!
191 Bake homemade cinnamon rolls for brunch
192 Remember when you were younger and you never wanted to nap. Well, take that nap now!
193 Have morning mimosas on the beach!
194 Get creative and make a charcuterie board to enjoy
195 This is vacation baby! Turn the alarm off and stay snuggled in bed a little longer.
196 Host a relay race on the beach!
197 Take your boat out to a sandbar island in the middle of Bogue Sound for a beach day all to yourself
198 Take a sketch pad and pencil and sketch your family playing on the beach
199 Want to move here? Start virtually house hunting with one of our agents!
200 Have a blast and make memories that will last a lifetime!