Visit Fort Macon State Park and see a part of history. The Civil War fort serves as a museum that honors the brave men who fought for their rights. Fort Macon provides public access to the beaches of the Crystal Coast, as the park is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Beaufort Inlet, and Bogue Sound. The area is also undisturbed with natural salt marshes and estuaries vital to the coastal ecosystem.
Looking for a bit of adrenaline and fun on the water? Would you like to challenge yourself? Try everything available at AB WaterSport Adventures. Depending on your level of expertise and thirst for adventure you can try out jet skis, kayaks, pontoon boats or parasailing.
Game On Escape Rooms test your acumen and your ability to react in tangled situations. Fun, exciting activity which stimulates the brain. Different rooms involve you in different challenges. You need to solve tasks, crack codes and find your way out. Appropriate for any occasions, from spending a great time with the family to improving team work.
In Wine & Design you can indulge in a lovely experience in a friendly atmosphere. The venue frequently hosts art events. Wine & Design can also host your private event, for example Birthday parties, bachelorette parties, baby showers, girl's night out and team building events. Great place to have some fun and relax. Take a glass of wine and show off your creativity.
A theatre with rich history and a bright future. Talented performers invite you for a variety of shows - local productions, theatre plays, musicals and concerts. Stay updated on upcoming events and don’t forget to book your ticket in advance as the demand is high.
The Beaufort Ghost Walk is a guided walking tour throughout the Historic District of Beaufort. Beaufort is the third oldest town in North Carolina, and the twelfth oldest town in all of North America. Be regaled by the tales of haunting and ghosts, along with the histories of Beaufort. Don't be surprised to experience the inexplicable during the tour.
One of the Crystal Coast's most popular attractions is the The North Carolina Aquarium. Explore the lives of aquatic creatures spanning several exhibits: Mountain, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, Tidal Waters and Ocean. You'll be able to watch river otters frolic, get close and personal with stingrays, see rare white sea turtles and more.
Hoop Pole Creek Nature Trail is a 31-acre maritime forest that serves as a refuge for fish, wildlife, and plant ecosystems. The North Carolina coast holds an enormity of diverse habitats, and the Hoop Pole Creek is permanently protected by the NC Coastal Federation as a result. Visitors are welcome to hike its low-impact, half-mile trail, which is open to the public during daylight hours. Free trail guides are offered at the trail entrance.
The Captain Stacy Fishing Center offers deep-sea fishing cruises, shark fishing, 24-hour overnight bottom fishing trips, moonlight cruises, harbor tours, and privately chartered tours. Deep Sea Bottom Fishing on the Capt. Stacy IV headboat has reeled in Red Snapper, Grouper, Trigger Fish, Black Sea Bass, and Amberjack, while Sports Fishing on a charter boat has reeled in Blue Marlin, Tuna, Mahi Mahi, King Mackerel, and Spanish Mackerel.
Dragonfly Parasail takes you high over the crystal coast. This creates wonderful aerial views of Fort Macon State Park, Cape Lookout Lighthouse, wild horses on Shackelford Banks, and sea life of the beautiful inlet. The boat trip lasts 1 hour, beginning next to the Atlantic Beach Bridge.
Mount Maker Charters invites fishermen of all levels. Their team offers charters for catching Cobia, Red Drum, Flounder, Trout, King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, Shark, Tuna, Dolphin, Grouper, bottom fishing, and more. They fish near Atlantic Beach, Emerald Isle, Morehead City, Beaufort, New Bern, Havelock, and Swansboro.
Island Girl serves the areas of Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, and the Emerald Isle along the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. They offer a wide variety of sport fishing charter adventures, and they can even provide full charter boat booking services that include charter, fish cleaning, motel accommodation, and grills to cook some of your catch right at the dock. Expect to catch big salt water fish like Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo, Sailfish, and Marlin, or an inshore trip to catch Kings, Spanish, Cobia, or any of the other inshore species.
The Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area is one of few maritime forests remaining on the North Carolina coast. The beautiful natural area was donated to the state by the family of Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. An interpretive trail is located onsite, adjacent to and leading from the parking area of the North Carolina Aquarium.
Chef-owned and operated by husband and wife Tim Coyne and Libby Eaton, Bistro by the Sea has been a flagship among restaurants in the area since 1997. Specializing in Carteret-caught seafood and steaks, pastas, chicken, and international cuisine, the Bistro has something for every palate. Enjoy live music at the piano bar to complement your meal every Friday and Saturday.
Pescara has gained the reputation for fine Italian dining close to the waterfront.The innovative cook creates wonderful combinations of flavours. The Italian taste is skillfully combined with finely selected local ingredients. The restaurant also offers an impressive selection of wines and cocktails.
The Crab's Claw is under the helm of pastry and executive chef Antoinette M. Oberci. She has an impressive background with food, wine and pastries, allowing for the restaurant's impeccable menu of fine Caribbean cuisine. They prepare only the freshest of personally selected, locally caught fish. Choose a beverage from their wine list and specialty drinks menu. Their website even features a live webcam of the beachfront view!
A popular restaurant by day, the Channel Marker transforms into an haute nightspot in the afterhours. Enjoy the waterfront bar and deck that overlooks Bogue Sound for a night to remember. On the menu, you will find everything from salad, fish and meat to pasta dishes. Coaster Magazine distinguished them with "The Best: Appetizer," "The Best: Entrée," and "The Best: Dessert" awards.
Knock, knock. Who’s there? Amos. Amos who? A mosquito! While you may not be roaring with laughter, this is indeed where the restaurant's name comes from. The atmosphere is equally lighthearted and casual, but do not be mistaken: they take their food seriously. The dishes are made from scratch, with features like Rich & Creamy Clam Chowder, Lump Crab Cakes with Roasted Corn, Shrimp & Grits, Brown Sugar Glazed Meatloaf, and much more.
Bella's never disappoints with great tasting pizza, fresh ingredients and thin crispy crust. Many people choose to take their pizza to go or just take advantage of the delivery service which the establishment provides. Dine on delicious Italian while lounging on the beach.
Island Grille is a beautiful beach hideaway in Atlantic Beach. They pair fine dining with an ocean side ambiance to provide for a wonderful evening. They offer an impeccable wine list as well. Enjoy entrées like the Island Grille Signature Filet Mignon, Porterhouse Pork Chop and Shrimp, and Scallop Grits.
El Zarape is consistently delicious. Locals come back over and over again for their fast service and expert Margaritas. Come for lunch or dinner and try the Mexican favorites - quesadillas, enchiladas and burritos. Feel the authentic Mexican taste at El Zarape!
White Swan Barbecue & Fried Chicken opens daily in the summertime to meet your Southern cuisine desires. Operating since 1949, they specialize in Eastern North Carolina pulled pork barbecue, Southern fried chicken, Brunswick stew, and home made side dishes.
Sammy's Seafood House and Oyster Bar serves up some of the freshest local seafood on the Morehead city waterfront. The restaurant is open for dinner seven days a week and lunch every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. You'll enjoy the casual atmosphere and fresh local seafood.
Sweet Beans Coffee & Cafe is a gem in the area. Breakfast and lunch play an important role in the cafe's concept, and decadent desserts complete the list of delicious delights. The cafe offers outdoor seating, and those who are in a hurry can take advantage of the the drive-thru service.
What makes this cafe special is the company policy. The establishment helps customers participate in a good cause. Apart from the aromatic drink you get, your purchase also contributes to the development of local non-profits and global missions. Be part of something big while having your daily cup of coffee.
Happycakes recieved the award for best cakes in North Carolina in 2016, and a fully justified one at that. They severe creamy, delicious and fresh cupcakes, cookies, and cakes that melt in the mouth. The establishment is ready to help you in organizing your personal event. Choose the flavors according to your preferences and fill yourself with intense delight.
On your way back home after a lunch or dinner or just out for a walk? Add some delicious ice cream to complete the picture. Happy Cow Ice Cream will satisfy your craving. Wonderful and yummy ice cream with many different flavour combinations available. The location by the water completes the lovely experience.
Sugarloaf Island Bakery is more than just any bakery. As you cross the threshold you can feel the smell of roasted coffee and crusty homemade bread. Peanut butter balls, truffles, pies, cakes, cookies come in different flavors and are all prepared with taste and creativity.
Sub Tropics is an absolute must for lunch. The meat, cheese, and veggies used are sliced fresh, and guests may personalize any sub or wrap. Sub Tropics also features specialty sandwiches such as the Cubano or Island-Style Fish Wrap. Escape the heat with their cool smoothies and feel free to use the complimentary Wi-Fi.
Find everything to satiate your sweet tooth here. Hershey Hand-dipped Ice Cream, Tropi-Kool Smoothies, Milkshakes, Freshly Made Cream n Butter Fudge, Old Time Candies, gummi, and so much more! Escape the heat with a cool treat at AB Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe.
Located nearby in Morehead City is Infusion Cafe. They offer over 100 world infusions, including black and green teas, rooiboos, mates, fruit infusions, herbals, and freshly roasted single origin coffees. The menu has a variety of hand crafted foods including salads, sandwiches, soups, quiche, desserts, and scones.
Beach Tavern—known by locals as “BT”—is an Atlantic Beach tradition. For 40 years, BT has been “the” watering hole on the island. Order your drinks from the unique wrap-around bar and chew on some of the best wings and burgers in town. Play pool, darts, foosball, pinball, golf, mega-touch games, and arcade games. There are televisions and live music as well.
They seem to have it all: glasses of fine wine, beer, fresh coffee, and light fare. Enjoy chocolates, cookies, homemade soups, sandwiches, pizzas, quesadillas, and more. Many of the products and bottled wines available for purchase. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available to guests.
Jack's Waterfront Bar is a good choice for entertainment. Check the bar’s calendar for upcoming events and get ready for a great deal of fun. As it is a waterfront bar, a spectacular view over the beach reveals itself to guests. Get a drink, listen to the live music and hit the dance floor.
Emerald Club means real party. With its long experience in the business, the club secures its position as a great place to hang out year after year. Here you will find the largest outdoor patio area in Atlantic Beach, and a Tiki bar is also in operation. Broad choice of drinks includes weekly specials, and live music every weekend adds to the appeal.
Tight Lines Pub & Brewing Co. is a place dominated by southern cuisine and premium brews. The interesting concept of the establishment combines a brewery and a restaurant where you can taste a variety of craft beers in a pleasant atmosphere. The menu includes lunch and dinner meals like burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, appetizers, and desserts.
Idle Hour Biergarten offers you a quality German experience complete with a fresh ocean breeze. The menu features a selection of German beers as well as mix of exotic international and local flavors. Starters, tacos and burgers are also served. The Biergarten offers outside seating. Make yourself comfortable with a glass of ice cold beer in your hand.
SALT is a place for those looking for something new. The bar organizes parties featuring popular performers, live music and spectacular shows - a varied program that will make your stay unforgettable. Order a quality drink, check out the outdoor patio and enjoy the rhythm of the night.
Clawson's Pub boasts 8 taps, bottled and canned beers. Promoting North Carolina's own breweries, Clawson's features one brewery each month. Come for the Friday Night Flights, a free beer tasting held on the first Friday of the month from 5pm until 7pm. There's also live music every Saturday from 7pm until 10pm.
Molly's is located at the DoubleTree Hilton. Enjoy casual beachfront dining with some of the best burgers and drinks in town. Open seasonally, Molly's has great views over the Atlantic Ocean and the beach, as well as a full bar. Make yourself comfortable at the pier, get you favorite drink and enjoy the moment.
The Ruddy Duck is located in Morehead City. Apart from traditional pub fare like burgers, chicken, and wings, they have an extensive drinks menu. Find domestic, draft and imported beers, specialty drinks, premium vodkas, and single malt scotch, as well as red and white wines.
Premium Mexican cuisine and great Happy Hour specials draw crowds to this Beaufort restaurant. They also have a Morehead City location. The menu features a wide variety of appetizers, vegetarian dishes, Mexican favorites. Be sure to stop by during the Happy Hour specials.
Another one of Beaufort's own, Backstreet Pub never falls short of showing its patrons a good night. Converted from a bakery, the pub features an extensive drink list, a fireplace for cooler nights, and an outside courtyard. Latitudes & Attitudes Magazine called it the "the friendliest, funkiest, little bar from Maine to Venezuela."
The Arendell Room boasts classic cocktails, martinis, wine, and cold beers from their Morehead City location. They take an inventive approach to cocktails, using ingredients like fresh squeezed juices and the finest spirits. The Arendell Room lives on the mantra, "Cocktails first. Questions later."
Crystal Coast Bicycles take care of all your biking needs, making cycling an enjoyable experience. Find a variety of bicycle models and accessories - hybrids, road bikes, specialty bikes, and bike equipment. The goods offered here are designed for all biking conditions and routes. Rent a bike and set off on a relaxing bicycle tour around Atlantic Beach.
You can find an elegant assortment of furniture which can turn your place into a magical spot radiating warmth and coziness. Wondering how to gladden someone’s heart? The store has a solution for this as well. Check the wide range of gifts when you plan on buying a present. Give a new look to your home or office and surprise loved ones with a piece from Shore Decor.
Island Traders carries quality merchandise that changes with the seasons. They carry the following brands full season: Keen, Rugged Shark, Chaco, Cushe, Reef, Sanuk, TOMS and more. Island Traders also offers a selection of accessory items to make your Atlantic Beach vacation complete.
A local North Carolina shop, Bert's features quality beachwear, surfing gear, skateboards and accessories that the locals will vouch for. The Crystal Coast offers a wealth of outdoor fun, and Bert's is there to fit you for every activity. Whether seeking to swim, boat, fish, surf, or more, come find what you need at Bert's.
Since 1964 AB Surf Shop has served generations upon generations of surfers and water enthusiasts either living in Atlantic Beach or passing through. As the oldest and most well-known surf shop in North Carolina, AB offers a wide range of name brand surfing apparel and equipment. They also feature the largest surfboard selection in North Carolina with over 200 in stock.
The Morehead Plaza Shopping Center is a great option for those wishing to venture outside of Atlantic Beach to find larger shopping areas. Here you can find Lowes Grocery, Goodys, Cubbies, Dunkin Dounuts, and Hardees. There is also an assortment of retail shops.
New Bern Mall in New Bern, North Carolina features retail giants Belk, JCPenney, Sears Dealer Store, T.J. Maxx, and other favorite brands. Find apparel, electronics, gifts, cosmetics, shoes, jewelry, and dining facilities. Monthly events take place, so be sure to check the website for more details.
Neuse Sport Shop is located in Kinston and carries everything you need to make this your year for fishing. Find all things Shimano, a large supply of live and frozen baits, and the latest products in stock like Fish Bites and Burkley Gulp. They also have a Marine Hardware and Hunting Department.
At Vernon Park Mall in Kinston, you'll find JCPenney’s, Belk, a food court, and an assortment of local businesses. The mall also holds a "Living the Good Life" seminar in the fall. Kinston is approximately 1 hour away from Atlantic Beach. In February 2017 a new redevelopment plan of the facility was announced, so many new surprises are to be expected.
Myrtle Beach International Airport serves non-stop flights to Myrtle Beach from over 25 cities. MYL services the following airlines: Allegiant Air, Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Porter Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Express, US Airways and WestJet. Ground transportation services are provided via taxi, shuttle, rental cars and services. A ride sharing option is also available. The public transportation bus can be found at the exit of door 5. The bus runs 7 days a week. Taxis are conveniently located near exit door 6. Alamo Rental Cars, Avis Rental Cars, Budget Rental Cars are among the rental cars companies which operate at the airport and their working hours are 7 days a week, from 7am till midnight.
As it is only 26 miles from one end to the other of Atlantic beach, there is no public transportation on the island. However, you can either take a taxi or rent a bike. Crystal Coast Bicycles 407 Atlantic Beach Causeway, Atlantic Beach +1 252-247-1110 Tuesday - Saturday 9:30am – 5pm