How to Have a Great Vacation Despite Rainy Days on the Crystal Coast

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How to Have a Great Vacation Despite Rainy Days on the Crystal Coast

It’s bound to happen sooner or later, rain while you’re on your vacation! But a rainy day doesn’t have to ruin your vacation. You can make the most of the rainy days on the Crystal Coast. There’s plenty to do indoors as well as outside in the sunshine. Today, we’re sharing a few things to do just in case you’re met with a rainy day or two.

Here are a few suggestions on how to have a great vacation despite rainy days on the Crystal Coast

Visit the NC Aquarium on rainy days


Visit the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512 

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.

mac daddys game room

Visit Mac Daddy’s in Cape Carteret

130 Golphin Dolphin Dr., Cape Carteret, NC 28584

When you’re looking for fun and a 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-screen 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!

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Head to the Movies

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

We have two great movie theaters on the Crystal Coast: Emerald Plantation Cinema and Atlantic Station Cinema. These movie theaters are the perfect place to be when it’s raining at the beach! These cinemas are small theaters with great family-friendly film options, and excellent staff to tend to your needs. Hit the snack bar for hot and tasty popcorn, candy, and a drink! If you’re interested in a quaint, hometown atmosphere in a locally owned cinema, this is your place.

visit the maritime museum on a rainy day

Immerse Yourself in Maritime History

315 Front St., Beaufort, NC 28516 

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.

Have you experienced rainy days on vacation?  What did you do to pass the time until the sun came out?  What would you add to this list?  Let us know in the comments below.