Site-Seeing / Day-Trips on the Crystal Coast (most are less than a 45-minute car ride)
NC Aquarium (Pine Knoll Shores - 15 minutes away)
Historic Beaufort (45 minutes away) NC 3rd Oldest Town, dating back to the 1700's. Waterfront Gift-shopping, NC Maritime Museum, 10 minute kayak over to the Island full of wild Ponies. See the house that Blackbeard stayed in. See a small cemetery that dates back to the 1700's with a few Revolutionary War Soldiers buried there.
NC Maritime Museum (in Beaufort) See artifacts for local Blackbeard's Ship and much more
Carrot Island - Kayak up to the Wild Spanish Horses from the 1700's
Cape Lookout Lighthouse (45 minute car ride to a high-speed boat ride over to the Island). Take your bathing suit because they drop you off on the beach for clear-water swimming and sunbathing right in front of the 150-year old lighthouse.
Cape Lookout National Seashore: 56 miles of undeveloped shimmering beaches. Ride along the ocean by car.
Shackleford Banks - Wild Spanish Horses from the 1700's
Fort Macon - Historic Civil War Fort
Fishing Trips (everywhere)
Morehead City - Starting point for Wild Horse & Shelling Safari day trips
Theodore Roosevelt National Maritime Forest