Family Activities in the Atlantic Beach NC Area

As you can image, fishing is very popular in the Atlantic Beach region. King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Trout, Redfish, Cobia, Mahi-Mahi and much more can be caught just minutes from shore
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Fort Macon State Park on the western end of the island is perhaps the area’s most-loved attraction for families. The historic Civil War fort is now an extensive museum honoring the rich history of the war and the battles that took place on the island. Soldiers’ quarters have been remodeled into displays and showcases of memorabilia and events, each with a built-in narration that begins with the touch of a button. Dark and ominous prison cells are open for all to explore, guided tours are given throughout the day, and a newly-remodeled gift shop offers countless treasures that celebrate the site. Fort Macon is also has a very popular public beach access, complete with a gazebo, snack bar, and lifeguard service.
Just down the island a couple miles is the North Carolina Aquarium. Recently remodeled, the Aquarium recreates North Carolina’s different geographical regions with the habitats and aquatic life of each. Visitors will marvel at recreations of shipwrecks, swarming with fish, sharks, and sea turtles. Jellyfish, eels, seahorses, octopuses, and many more sea creatures are on display in glowing, beautiful tanks throughout the museum. Children and adults alike enjoy “Touch Tanks,” in which visitors are invited to put their hands into shallow tanks and touch horseshoe crabs, sea stars, conch shells, and more. Discount Aquarium Tickets available at the BeachTiX Discount Center –
Throughout the summer, classes and activities are provided several times each day – enroll today and join in on the excitement! Immediately ahead of the Atlantic Beach bridge, you’ll find an area that locals call “The Circle.” Home to a variety of local vendors and restaurants, it’s quite possibly the most popular beach access in town. Marked by the Atlantic Beach water tower, it cannot be missed. If you’re in town for Independence Day, you’ll want to be here for the fireworks!

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One of the few boats permitted by the Cape Lookout National Seashore to take you to any part of the National Park, charter a trip with Lookout Adventures and spend a day exploring one of the most beautiful parts of NC’s coast. The best SHELLING beaches in North Carolina are inside the Park & Shackleford Banks is home to roughly 120 WILD HORSES with a history dating back nearly 400 years!>> Click for Details
Shark Fishing
Are you ready for a wild afternoon of fighting with the ocean’s top predator? Some of the best fighting fish in the ocean, sharks can be quite a challenge to bring to the boat, and it’s definitely a thrill to know there’s a big predator on the other end of that line. We may catch many species of sharks: black tips, hammerheads, sand sharks, lemons, bonnet heads, spiny dogfish, and more…

VISIT-PCTC--Tours-Dolphin-Watch-1 This private trip is available from November to May, and is about as good as it gets for “off-season” fun & relaxation. The Lookout Adventures vessel is perfect for a relaxing and intimate cruise in the winter months because the pilothouse helps protect you from any wind or cold. Just dress warmly and you’ll be perfectly comfortable. Max # of 6 guests.>> Click For Details
This trip is available year round, and is perfect for those wanting a peaceful & memorable cruise of the local waterfronts, islands and landmarks. Step on the boat and get to relaxin’ while our friendly & professional captain takes you on a beautiful cruise through these panoramic and historic waterways. Serenity is the goal as we glide over the water towards our rendezvous with the setting sun.>> Click for Details

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