Fun Things to Do on the Crystal Coast this Spring

"Fun Things to Do on the Crystal Coast this Spring" over a North Carolina Beach.

Fun Things to Do on the Crystal Coast this Spring

While it may be hard to believe, winter is almost over, and spring will be here before we know it. And although we’ve talked about why winter is a great time to visit the Crystal Coast, we’re excited to start a new season! Longer days, fresh ocean air, and warmer weather are just a few of the delightful characteristics we’re eager to share. But what really makes our beloved slice of North Carolina great during spring are all the iconic places to visit on the Crystal Coast, from Swansboro, Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, and every town in between, plus all the fun activities each unique town has to offer! So in this post, we’ll give you a few ideas on where to go, what to see, and things to do while you enjoy your spring break!

Spring Over to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

Whether you’re on a week-long break from school or need to get the kids out of the house for the weekend, the Crystal Coast is an excellent place to be during spring. Not only can you get here before peak season pricing takes effect, but you’ll also have easier access to many of the nearby attractions and activities thanks to fewer visitors–not to mention the weather will be nearly perfect! With that being said, here are some places to go and things to do.

Spring on the Crystal Coast

Spend Some Time on the Water

On the Crystal Coast, spending time on the water during spring is a common experience shared by visitors and locals alike. Hot Wax Surf Shop in Emerald Isle is your go-to source for equipment sales and rental if you’re interested in learning how to surf or take out a kayak for a relaxing float. Also, jet skiing and parasailing might be right up your alley if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush. AB Watersports in Atlantic Beach has a variety of jet skis and boats for rent. At the same time, Beaufort Parasail in Beaufort offers an action-packed adventure in the sky.

Go Fishing This Spring on the Crystal Coast

A fishing pole rests of the shoreline of an Emerald Isle beach.

Ask any of the local anglers, and they’re likely to tell you spring is the best time for fishing on the Crystal Coast. The cool temperatures and less water traffic create the perfect environment for jigging from a dock or casting from shore. The Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier in Emerald Isle is a regional favorite for in-shore angling. And if you crave the open water, there are several local fishing charters that will show you the ropes.

Let the Kids Play

The Crystal Coast is well-known for its family-friendly atmosphere, and spring is no exception! From mini-golf to go-kart racing, toddlers, tweens, and teens will find ample entertainment. And on rainy days, you can visit places like the North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores and North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort or catch a movie and browse the local art galleries.

kids having fun on the beach

Don’t miss Rocket Fizz, the retro candy shop in Emerald Isle at Village West, where kids can pick out old-fashioned lunchboxes with their favorite modern characters. Be sure to swing by Candy Edventure in Swansboro, too. Both have wacky soda flavors and ice cream in addition to candy and treats you typically won’t find anywhere else.

Visit Cape Lookout, and Rachel Carson Reserve

A lighthouse at Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina.

Cape Lookout National Seashore is a sometimes overlooked scenic area that is usually reasonably vacant during the spring. You can take a ferry to get there, which offers a unique experience too. You can comb the beach for natural treasures, have a picnic, take pictures, or just enjoy the nearly secluded coastal area.

Another cool scenic area is Rachel Carson Reserve across the water from Beaufort. You’ll find an impressive assortment of wildlife, including wild horses and over 200 bird species. If you peer into the distance, you may also catch a glimpse of a pod of dolphins playing in the water.

Eat, Shop, and Be Merry

If you’re into retail therapy, you’ve probably already discovered that shopping and dining go hand in hand. Thankfully, the Crystal Coast communities have a seemingly endless array of shops, boutiques, specialty stores, and malls to peruse. And suppose you want to plan a day around it. In that case, you’ll find plenty of incredible cafes, bistros, and restaurants in Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort, and more!

Crystal Coast Spring Vacation Rentals

A Pierless Vista; an Atlantic Beach vacation rental.

With a few ideas to consider, your spring getaway on the Crystal Coast should be nothing short of memorable. So that begs the question, “Where should I stay?” No matter what you decide, Bluewater has a vacation rental property for you, whether you need a condo for two or a 10-bedroom home with easy access to everything that makes our coastal community an excellent spring vacation spot. For instance, Bluewater’s luxurious 8-bedroom vacation rental in Atlantic Beach, “A Pierless Vista,” boasts oceanfront lodging, a private hot tub, a theater room, and plenty of space for everyone to hang out before and after each exciting activity!

ALSO SEE: Why Emerald Isle Vacation Rentals Are Perfect for Summer

Contact us online to learn more, and sign up to be one of the first to know about our various vacation rental discounts and promotions!

Which classic Crystal Coast spring activities are you most likely to enjoy? Let us know in the comments below!



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