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5 Non-Beach Activities to Try on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast

by Aoife O'Riordan

Apr 29, 2024

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Destinations / North America

While no trip to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast is complete without a visit to the beaches on Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach, this region has much more to offer family travelers beyond sand and sea. Go beyond the ocean and explore these gems on the Crystal Coast.


Stargaze at Cape Lookout National Seashore

See the Milky Way with your own eyes at this International Dark Sky Association-designated spot, the first and only of its kind on the East Coast. Astro-tourists and stargazers alike flock to Cape Lookout National Seashore. For those particularly interested in the stars, join Crystal Coast Stargazers Club for some exciting events, including the Star Party 2024 event on May 3 and 4.



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Learn About Beaufort’s Pirate and Haunted History

Beaufort’s captivating past can be explored on the Beaufort Historic Double Decker Bus Tour, a 1967 English double-decker bus right in Beaufort. Or, if you prefer to know more about pirates, take a guided Beaufort Ghost Walk, led by pirate guide. And don’t forget to let the little ones climb aboard a real pirate ship with Beaufort Pirates Revenge. At North Carolina Maritime Museum, see Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge.


Rachel Carson Reserve

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Kayak Next to Rachel Carson Reserve’s  Mustangs

See freely roaming, majestic horses up close with Beaufort Paddle in Rachel Carson Reserve. The wild horses at Rachel Carson Reserve were introduced to the site by a local physician in the 1940s.



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Go on a Behind-the-Scenes Tour at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Go beyond the glass of the 306,000-gallon Living Shipwreck tank and feed fish and sharks with the guidance of knowledgeable educators. Both Feeding Frenzy and Shark Snack tours offer firsthand experiences into the world beneath the waves.


Tour Marshallberg Caviar Farm

Visit the largest sustainable sturgeon caviar farm in the United States. A tour here includes an overview of the indoor recirculating aquaculture system technology farm, insight into its sustainable practices, a caviar tasting and more.


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Experience Extravagance this Mother’s Day at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

If family travel is on the itinerary for Mother’s Day this year, consider Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa and its over-the-top Mother’s Day offering, for up to four people. No detail will be overlooked for mom this year.

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Making travel plans can be exciting; did you know planning on how to spend time at the airport the right way can enrich the overall trip experience? As a transfer hub, traveling through Doha's Hamad International Airport is a unique experience, as waiting never feels like waiting at one of the best airports in the world.

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Your family has decided to finally take that camping trip you’ve all been talking about, but the time has now come to actually pack and prepare for the trip. While there are many things to keep in mind for your first camping trip, Teddy, founder, White House Glamping, offers five important tips to remember.

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Summer family travel is quickly approaching. Where is your family headed? A Forbes Travel Advisor study recently found the cost of travel for a family of four for a three-night stay with airfare averaged about $3,600. Protect your family travel spending with Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, offering a variety of travel insurance packages tailored to all types of travel.

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Treat Mom to Tea at The St. Regis Atlanta

Are you planning family travel to Atlanta for Mother’s Day this year? For those in the area on May 11 and 12, celebrate mom with a Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at The St. Regis Atlanta. Afternoon tea is a hallmark at the property and this year’s Mother’s Day version will honor Audrey Hepburn and her iconic role in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.