Rainy Days

When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles! Of course no one wants it to rain all over their beach vacation, but not to worry! The Crystal Coast offers lots of fun and exciting indoor activities until the sun comes back out to play!

Check out these cool things to do and these fun places to visit when it rains on your vacation!

1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
Open daily from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

See and do incredible things at the NC Aquarium! See incredible animals from the mountains to the sea. Watch river otters play, touch a stingray, see a rare white sea turtle or look a shark in the eye. Explore shipwrecks – without getting wet. Want to get more hands-on in the action? For a small extra fee, see what’s on the other side of the exhibits with a behind-the-scenes tour or enjoy other special experiences around the Aquarium. You are sure to make special memories with family and friends when you explore the Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

For more information or to plan your visit, click here: http://www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores


130 Golphin Dolphin Dr., Cape Carteret, NC 28584
Sun-Thurs: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM, Fri-Sat: 10:00 AM – 1:00 AM

When you’re looking for fun and great family atmosphere, head to Mac Daddy’s! They have 24 lanes of the coolest bowling around, the area’s largest arcade and an awesome sports bar restaurant with large-screened televisions. Mac Daddy’s is the one stop for fun on the Crystal Coast and only minutes away from Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Beaufort, Swansboro and anywhere in between!

For more information, click here: http://mymacdaddys.com/


8700 Emerald Dr., Emerald Isle, NC 28594 | 1010 W Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

These movie theaters are perfect when it’s a rainy day at the beach! These cinemas consist of small theaters with great family-friendly film options. Hit the snack bar for hot & tasty popcorn, sweet candy and a drink! If you’re interested in a quaint, hometown atmosphere with friendly staff, this is your place.

To see show time or to order your tickets in advance, click here: https://emeraldplantationcinema.com/ OR   https://atlanticstationcinema.com/


315 Front St., Beaufort, NC 28516
Mon-Fri: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sat: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Sun: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort reflects coastal life and interprets lighthouses and lifesaving stations, the seafood industry, motorboats, and more. Studies in marine life, science, and ecology are available for all ages. The Beaufort museum is the storehouse for artifacts from Blackbeard’s wrecked flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, among them cannons, grenades, belt buckles and beads. The Harvey W. Watercraft Center teaches boatbuilding for all ages.

For more information, click here: http://ncmaritimemuseumbeaufort.com/



Want to give your kiddo something cool and creative to do on a rainy day spent inside your vacation rental? Check out our 2017 Coloring Contest in the Bluewater Beacon – our essential vacation guide distributed to our guests! Everyone that submits a coloring page wins an INSTANT PRIZE from our treasure chest. All your kiddo has to do is grab some crayons, markers, or colored pencils and get creative! Drop your kiddo’s coloring page at either office (Emerald Isle or Atlantic Beach) to claim their instant prize and be entered to win the monthly drawing! The winner will be chosen on the first week day (Monday-Friday)of the month. The drawing is completely random – this has nothing to do with age or skill level. We will contact the monthly winner after the first of the month via email and will be announced on Facebook as well. Each monthly winner will receive:

  1. Bluewater Baby Sea Turtle Stuffed Animal
  2. Bluewater Beach Ball
  3. A 1 Year Subscription to Highlights Magazine
  4. Family Will Win $50 Off Their Future Vacation!




Don’t let the rain slow you down on your vacation! The Crystal Coast has plenty of places to dine with mouthwatering food and tons of places to go on a shopping spree! Emerald Isle, Indian Beach, Pine Knoll Shores, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Swansboro and Beaufort are all great places to grab a bite to eat or to shop until you drop. The best part is, you can keep dry while doing so!


The rain doesn’t have the power to ruin your vacation when you’re on the Crystal Coast! There are so many fun activities and exciting places to go while you wait for the sun to pop back out. Don’t just sit at home wishing for the rain to go away – go check out one of these rainy day places to keep your vacation lively and enjoyable!