Crystal Coast Attractions for Families


Crystal Coast attractions include natural and stunning beachscapes and historic sites worthy of a visit and sure to excite your group

Crystal Coast attractions and family-friendly activities offer a diverse range of all-ages adventures. There is no better way to spend time with loved ones than making shared memories during new experiences. That’s easy in Crystal Coast, where a bevy of quaint and historic beach towns offer numerous fun activities for all ages. Whether you come together at a national seashore for unspoiled adventures or enjoy the numerous historic sites and downtowns, Crystal Coast will have everyone’s curiosity piqued.

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Downtown Beaufort

“America’s Favorite Town,” picturesque downtown Beaufort is home to a variety of history, culture and community. There is plenty of downtown shopping with more than 35 shops that sell everything from clothing to home interior offerings. Delicious cafes and restaurants will satisfy your hunger and downtown also houses two renowned art galleries. The town is steeped in history and pirate lore, and families of all interest will find something special here.

Visit historic Downtown Beaufort for shopping, dining and coastal sightseeing

Cape Lookout National Seashore

Cape Lookout National Seashore in Crystal Coast

A boat ride three miles offshore brings you to the barrier islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore, one of the most popular Crystal Coast attractions among families. The tranquil and undeveloped islands that comprise Cape Lookout National Seashore offer families multiple outdoor recreations, including fishing, swimming, birding, boating, windsurfing and kayaking. The majestic location is prime horse-watching territory, while shelling, camping, and touring historic villages are other popular activities. Something unique for families is the Harkers Island Visitor Center where groups can explore unique exhibits, watch a park film and more.

Things to do for families at Cape Lookout National Seashore

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Cape Lookout Lighthouse is a must-visit Crystal Coast attraction for all families.

Cape Lookout Lighthouse

The southernmost lighthouse that guards the Outer Banks, this is one of the most visited Crystal Coast attractions on the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Accessible only by a privately owned boat or ferry, the lighthouse, built in the late 1850s, offers fabulous panoramic views from the top of the 163-foot structure. While lighthouse patrons are prohibited from climbing it until restoration is complete in 2025, they are encouraged to continue visiting. There are also opportunities for wildlife viewing and heading to the Light Station Visitor Center for information and history about the lighthouse.

A beacon of light for the Crystal Coast for centuries

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Thousands of aquatic animals take you on a journey from North Carolina’s grand peaks to the open Atlantic. This aquarium and popular Crystal Coast attraction for families is home to a prodigious 306,000-gallon ocean habitat filled with species of fish, sharks and turtles. The aquarium also features a replica of the U-352 German submarine that was sunk off the North Carolina coast. Reunite here among sea creatures and fabulous settings and take a behind-the-scenes tour to learn how the center cares for their animals. Host your event surrounded by a waterfall, a living shipwreck and view of the Bogue Sound from the outdoor deck.

Host a unique family reunion at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Fort Macon State Park in North Carolina

Fort Macon State Park

Crystal Coast attractions include history at Fort Macon State Park where families can explore the old structure at their leisure.

A perfectly restored Antebellum-era fort makes an intriguing Crystal Coast attraction for families. Fort Macon State Park is also a museum-quality coastal education center and an unspoiled shoreline for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing. Nearly surrounded by water, the park offers undisturbed natural beauty and the chance to learn about salt marshes, estuaries and a dune field. Cannon and musket demonstrations and guided tours are regular features and ideal for reunion groups. Other activities at Fort Macon include hiking, biking and picnicking with a seasonal concession stand. Contact the park for a Special Activity Permit to host your reunion in a beautifully natural and historic setting.

So many activities for outdoor family adventures at Fort Macon State Park

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