3 Outdoor Activities to Do Near Atlantic Beach

3 Outdoor Activities to Do Near Atlantic Beach

Do you and your family have a vacation planned to visit Atlantic Beach this summer? If you do, then we need to tell you about a few different outdoor activities in the area. Doing new things on your vacation can be fun for everyone especially if they are within a driving distance of your Atlantic Beach vacation rental. Let’s look below at what some of the activities that your family can experience on your vacation this summer.

Elliott Coues Nature Trail

For families who love to spend as much time outdoors as they can, then heading over to the Elliott Coues Nature Trail is for you. This is a 3.2-mile trail that is a newer walking trail that can be perfect for those who are looking for a hike or can ride your bikes on. Located at the North end of Fort Macon is where you will find this trail. Your family will be able to see different wildlife so be sure to bring a camera along with you and you can see nature too. The trail can be accessed by either the Fort Macon parking lot or the Beach Access Parking lot. Be sure to bring sunscreen, hats and even bug spray along with your ice-cold water as you explore nature together on this trail.

Rachel Carson Reserve

3 Outdoor Activities to Do Near Atlantic Beach

Do you have someone in the family who loves horses? Head over to the Rachel Carson Reserve where you and the family can view a coastal nature reserve. Located in Beaufort you will find several different islands you can explore as well as salt marshes and wild horses. Be sure to bring along with you plenty of sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera. You don’t want to miss the wildlife you will be able to see and the natural beauty of the reserve. Enjoy the day with the family as you explore the Rachel Carson Reserve together!

Beaufort Paddle

Another fun activity that you can do as a family is heading over to Beaufort and checking out Beaufort Paddle. Some of the things that you can do are rent a kayak whether it’s a single or tandem, Stand Up Paddleboards and do a tour. The tours are where you’ll be able to see some of the local outdoor activities by kayak or paddle boarding only. The length of the tours is around 2 hours long and you’ll be able to see Historic Old Towne Beaufort Waterfront, Bird Shoals and the Rachel Carson Reserve. You may even get to see a glimpse of a dolphin frolicking in the water. Enjoy this time with the family and get out and be adventurous together.

3 Outdoor Activities to Do Near Atlantic Beach

While there are many other things you can take advantage of in the area, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your summer vacation to stay in one of our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family and hear all about your fun adventures on your next vacation!

Events to Attend on your Atlantic Beach Vacation this Thanksgiving

Events to Attend on your Atlantic Beach Vacation this Thanksgiving

Do you and your family have plans to visit this November to the beach? Vacationing to the North Carolina Coast is perfect for everyone during the fall months. Staying in one of our Atlantic Beach Vacation Rentals will keep you and your family close to where the fun is at. Making new memories during the month of November will make you want to come back year to year during the fall months. Let’s look below at some of the fun events that you won’t want to miss this Thanksgiving.

Did Someone Say Turkey?

Events to Attend on your Atlantic Beach Vacation this Thanksgiving

This is one event that you won’t want to miss, but it’s not the turkey you may be expecting. This turkey is one that you won’t be eating on Thanksgiving Day, but it’s one where you can run your calories off. This is a scenic run in Pine Knoll Shores on November 28th at 9:00 am and you will be able to run, jog or walk 3.1 miles in Pine Knoll Shores. After the run waiting for you at finish line is where you will find hot chocolate, donuts and coffee. What a great event to do as a family before eating the turkey in the afternoon.

Swansboro Christmas Flotilla

Have you ever visited Swansboro in the month of November before? This is a great place on the Crystal Coast where you can get in the Christmas spirit. On Friday, November 29th is where you will find the Swansboro Christmas Flotilla which is a tradition for many to visit to get ready for the holidays. Beginning at 6:00 pm is where you can join in the fun on this annual celebration along the waterfront to watch the parade of decorated boats. There will also be fun activities for kids of all ages, live entertainment and more. This is one event you don’t want to miss this year!

Emerald Isle Christmas Parade

Events to Attend on your Atlantic Beach Vacation this Thanksgiving

Head over to Emerald Isle this year on Saturday, November 30th at 3:00 pm to view the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. This event has been happening for more than 15 years and is one that you can’t miss. The parade will begin in the heart of Emerald Isle and the kids will be able to visit with Santa after its over. Then head over to Merchant’s Park where your family will get to see the Christmas Tree lighting and there will be refreshments after the fun event. This is perfect to end a great weekend or week spent in Atlantic Beach this year for Thanksgiving.

While there are many other events happening during the month of November, these are the ones we wanted to share for this Thanksgiving week. If you still haven’t booked your next vacation to stay in one of our Atlantic Beach Vacation Rentals, now is the time. We hope that your family has a wonderful Thanksgiving here in Atlantic Beach.

Enjoy the 33rd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival

Enjoy the 33rd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival

Are you and your family coming to Atlantic Beach for vacation in October? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you all about the 33rd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival. The festival will be going on October 4th to 6th in Morehead City and is filled with delicious food. Staying in one of our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals will keep your family close to where the festival is at. Let’s look below at a few reasons why you must attend the North Carolina Seafood Festival.

Live Music & Entertainment

Enjoy the 33rd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival

No festival is complete without hearing live bands, music and dancing in the streets. The North Carolina Seafood Festival is one of the most popular festivals in Eastern North Carolina. Many people love to come and not only enjoy the food but love to come just for the music. This year your family will be able to dance to many different genres and the live entertainment from many local groups.

Shopping

Before you leave to go back home from your vacation, be sure to check out the vendors that will be at the festival. From getting your very own shirts to getting a commemorative poster, there is something for everyone. These make great gifts to those who love the festival but couldn’t get away to join you!

Delicious Food

Enjoy the 33rd Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival

The festival isn’t complete unless you have tried the delicious food with the family. From grabbing shrimp and grits to trying new foods from local restaurants, you won’t go hungry during this trip. If you’re worried about the kids and if they will eat the seafood, have no fear because there will be food for them to enjoy too. Sit back on the waterfront of Morehead City and enjoy eating the food you’ll fall in love with.

While there are many other events happening in the area during the month of October, we wanted to share with you the North Carolina Seafood Festival. If you haven’t made your vacation plans yet to the beach to attend, now is the time. We hope that you and your family will enjoy the festival and eat as much as you can get!

Enjoy These Fun Kid Activities on the Beach

Enjoy These Fun Kid Activities on the Beach

Are you coming to Atlantic Beach soon for your family vacation? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you about some fun kid activities you can do on the beach. Staying in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals will keep you close to the surf and the sand. Let’s look below at a few of the fun kid activities to do on the beach.

Build a Sandcastle

Enjoy These Fun Kid Activities on the Beach

Building is a sandcastle is what a lot of parents remember doing and your kids will love too. Make sure that you bring with you to the sand a bucket, a shovel, and a lot of imagination. This activity the whole family can join in and have a great time. To add some decorations to their sandcastles, they can hunt for different treasures on the beach such as sea glass, shells and more. Just let their imaginations run wild on making each sandcastle different!

Hopscotch Time

Another fun thing that your kids can do on the beach is make their own hopscotch board. All they need is some sand, a stick to draw the boxes and number and something to keep tabs on who landed where. We do suggest that you have flip-flops or water shoes on your child, so their feet don’t get too hot on the sand. We don’t want them to burn their feet while they play this classic playground game on the beach.

I Spy

A great classic game that is often played in the car can now be played on the beach. You can start the game by saying “I spy with my little eye, something blue” and have each child guess what it is. This game can be played for however long they want to, and it gives them an insight on what kind of things they can find in nature. Make this game fun for everyone in the whole family and get them involved in each game!

Build Sand Animals

Enjoy These Fun Kid Activities on the Beach

Building a sand animal is just like building a sandcastle only they make it into the shape of their favorite animal. Each child will need their own bucket, shovel and their imagination as they design their animal in the sand. This doesn’t have to be a difficult animal and if its something that they child came up with their own, then let them have fun. You can then take a picture with your phone or camera of each child standing next to their creation and frame it when they get home.

While there are many other fun kid activities that can be done on the beach, these are the few we thought we’d share with you. If you haven’t made your vacation plans yet, now is the time. We still have plenty of Oceanfront vacation rentals to choose from. Make this vacation one that you will never forget!

Celebrate the 4th of July on the Crystal Coast

Celebrate the 4th of July on the Crystal Coast

Are you coming to Atlantic Beach this week to celebrate the 4th of July with your family? If the answer is yes, then we at Atlantic Beach Realty can tell you about several local events. Many families love to come to the Atlantic Beach area to celebrate this festive holiday. Let’s look below at what some of the fun events that you and the family can take advantage of Sport Life.

Free Summer Movie

Celebrate the 4th of July on the Crystal Coast

Come to nearby town, Emerald Isle to the Emerald Plantation Cinemas where your family can watch “Peter Rabbit” for free. This movie begins at 10:30 am and while the movie is free, you will have to purchase drinks and popcorn to go along with the movie. What a wonderful, fun thing to do with the kids, especially if they are younger.

Downtown Morehead City 4th of July Celebration

If you have never been to the beach during the 4th of July, then you have been missing out on this fun event. Come to Jaycee Park from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm to see The Main Event Band. Dance and sing your hearts out as you jam to many different genres of music. At 9:00 pm the music will fade and soon you will be able to watch the Morehead City Fireworks display in the air. What a fun event for all ages and can be the highlight of your trip!

Fireworks Cruise

Celebrate the 4th of July on the Crystal Coast

If you are wanting to try something a little different this year, then head over to the waterfront of Morehead City. Here you and your family can get a different kind of view of the fireworks from aboard a scenic cruise. Skip the battle of finding the perfect spot to watch the fireworks with the family and just enjoy them from the boat. What a memorable trip to the beach this could be.

Fireworks from the Beach

Head to the Circle in Atlantic Beach to be able to get your spot for the fireworks. You can view the fireworks from the beach and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before. And just before the fireworks extravaganza you can hear Robert McDuffy perform. The fireworks show will begin around 9:00 pm so don’t miss out on this fun!

There are many other events happening around Atlantic Beach for the 4th of July, but these are the ones we wanted to share with you. If you still haven’t made your holiday plans and reservations, give us a call today. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful and safe holiday!

It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season on the Crystal Coast

It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season at Atlantic Beach

May is here and so is the start of the sea turtle nesting season here on the Crystal Coast. Every year many sea turtles come to our beaches in late spring to make their nests. And when you stay in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals, you may have the opportunity to see a nest or even a turtle. Below we have a few things for you and your family to remember as you vacation on the Crystal Coast this year during nesting season.

When Does Nesting Season Start?

Many locals love this time of the year not only because of the warmer temps but also in hopes to see a sea turtle. Beginning on May 1st each year and ends around the end of October on the Crystal Coast. This is the start of the sea turtles nesting season and it’s something you don’t want to miss each year while on vacation. During the night is when you may see the turtles come to the shore and lay their eggs in the nests they have built. The nests are along the coast of North Carolina not just on the Crystal Coast.

Help Protect the Sea Turtles on the Crystal Coast

It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season at Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach takes protecting our sea turtles very serious as they have made their home on our beautiful shore. You will see several local volunteers each morning looking for new nests that were built the night before. Once a new nest is located, then they will be marked and roped off to keep the eggs safe from predators. Each nest is monitored for the next 50-70 days for their safety and for any activity of when they are ready to hatch. Here are a few rules to follow while you are vacationing on the Crystal Coast during turtle nesting season:

  • Do not disturb any of the nests as we want to help keep them safe while they are there.
  • Don’t use your flashlight on your phone and don’t leave the outdoor lights on overnight at your Oceanfront vacation rental. Each turtle uses the moonlight to help guide them back to the ocean and any other light will disorient them.
  • If you or your kids dig any holes to build sandcastles, bury each other for fun or find any holes after the day, please remember to fill them in. Not only can the sea turtles but also other people can fall into the holes which can injury themselves.
  • Make sure that you clean the area completely from trash, or your beach equipment after a day full of fun on the sand. Please clean up after your day at the beach and don’t leave any of your beach equipment on the beach overnight.
  • Please keep the beaches clean from any trash or plastic on the days you spend at the beach. We like to keep our beaches free of trash to help with the new hatchlings as much as we can.
  • If you see a mother who is in distress, injured or any unmarked nests, please contact the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores at 252-247-4003.
It’s Sea Turtle Nesting Season at Atlantic Beach

These are the few things that you can do while you vacation with us but we wanted to share these as they are the most important ones to remember. If you haven’t made your vacation reservations, check out our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your next vacation to the Crystal Coast this summer!

Don’t Miss the 15th Annual Beaufort Wine & Food Festival

Do you love to try out different wine and food while you are on vacation? If the answer is yes, then we have the perfect event that you can attend on the Crystal Coast. Join in on the 15th Annual Beaufort Wine & Food Festival that is happening this year from April 24th to April 28th, 2019. You will definitely give your taste buds a treat for the weekend as you try different wine seminars to luncheons to dinners. This is a special event that many on the coast never wants to miss as you can have some of the best mouthwatering and innovative cuisine that is pair delectably with a wine.

About the Beaufort Wine and Food Festival

From when the Beaufort Wine and Food Festival first began back in 2004, it has been a popular local and visitor loved event. It’s where the festival was first held on the streets of downtown Beaufort and has since moved to numerous locations throughout the Beaufort area. Some of the events will take place in private homes while others will take place in downtown Beaufort. Beaufort Wine & Food is now a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and this event gives it’s proceeds to help benefit organizations in our community. The next project that they would like to make is a $100,000 donation to the Carteret Community College that will be for the new culinary and hospitality building.

What You Can Enjoy at the Festival

Don’t Miss the 15th Annual Beaufort Wine & Food Festival

This year’s festival brings in excitement and fun as you get to enjoy the festival for a weekend at the beach. Enjoy some of the delectable pairings of wine and food from some restaurants located on the Crystal Coast, dinners at private homes and even a fashion show. There will be a seminar, brunch and a Historic District Wine Walkabout. You are able to view all of the 2019 Beaufort Wine and Food Festival Schedule of Events so you can begin planning your visit and purchase your tickets online. Be sure to bring friends along with you on your vacation.

Where to Stay on the Crystal Coast

Don’t Miss the 15th Annual Beaufort Wine & Food Festival

What a better way to enjoy the Beaufort Wine and Food Festival than to stay the weekend at the beach. Atlantic Beach Realty has everything to offer you that you could possibly need or want as you will be close to Beaufort. The Crystal Coast is the perfect location where you can sit back and relax as you have a little getaway from life at home and work. Spend a few days on the beach soaking up the sun and even getting your feet wet in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Beaufort Wine & Food Festival is definitely worth a day trip, but why stay for one day when you can enjoy the entire weekend at the festival. If you still haven’t made your reservations to head to the beach for this amazing event now is the time. Contact us today or book your Atlantic Beach vacation rental today online. We can’t wait to see you as you come and experience this festival along with us!

**Photo Credit goes to Beaufort Wine and Food Festival Facebook Page

Rainy Day Adventures in Atlantic Beach, NC

Rainy Day Adventures in Atlantic Beach, NC

Do you have a planned family vacation in one of our Atlantic Beach vacation rentals this year? We understand that the weather on the coast can sometimes be a little unpredictable, but don’t allow the weather to put a kink in your plans. There are plenty of things that you and your family can do while you wait the rain our in the Atlantic Beach area. Let’s look below at a few places that we recommend you check out if it happens to be raining on your vacation.

Aquarium Fun

Rainy Day Adventures in Atlantic Beach, NC

North Carolina Aquarium in Pine Knoll Shores is going to be the most known choice for families to head to on a rainy day. This is over in Pine Knoll Shores and is just a short drive from your vacation rental for you to enjoy. From being able to find different exhibits from the Loggerhead Odyssey featuring Caretta’s Cove to the Living Shipwreck that holds 306,000 gallons of saltwater habitat. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy and explore. And if you happen to have little ones, there is a Little Minnows Play Area just for them where they can play dress-up, ride and climb on cushioned toys and relax in a little book area. So many different adventures can be made here by visiting whether there is sunshine or rain. Be sure to get there early especially if it’s supposed to rain all day because it does get crowded in there.

Tag You’re It

Battle Works is a fun and exciting adventure that you can enjoy with the kids. Here you will be able to play realistic tactical laser tag and is one of the best ones on the coast of the Carolinas. They have been open for 3 years in the area and is located in Morehead City which is just over the bridge from the beach. Please note that all players must be 12 years old or older and must be 54” tall to play. This can be a fun activity for the older kids and for the adults. Don’t miss this activity with the kids on your next vacation to Atlantic Beach.

Bowling Alley Fun

Rainy Day Adventures in Atlantic Beach, NC

Mac Daddy’s is located in Cape Carteret and is one of the best places to go on a rainy day. Here you and your family are able to take advantage of a game or two of bowling. They just had their Grand Re-Opening on February 1st and has many things for the family to do. Mac Daddy’s not only has bowling lanes for the family to use, but also has a massive arcade that you too can enjoy. With a mix of modern and old school games, there is something that the whole family can enjoy. There is also a snack bar that you can grab a few things from such as Hotdogs, Cheeseburgers and Nachos. Let this become a part of your tradition for rainy days.  

Anchors Away

North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort is another amazing place you can head to on a rainy day. With many different exhibits that are always changing and different models and collections, the possibilities are endless. Admission to the museum is free of charge and it is fun for the whole family. Here you will be able to see many different artifacts from Blackbeard’s Ship, The Queen Ann’s Revenge. And after your lovely time there, then head over to waterfront for a bite to eat.

There are many other places that you can check out such as Game On Escape Rooms, Shopping and Restaurants. No matter what the weather is like these activities can be enjoyed for a few days while you are on vacation. If you are still looking for a Sound side vacation rental, check out our availability today. We look forward to seeing you soon on

Get Your Beach Bag Ready for Your Vacation

Get Your Beach Bag Ready for Your Vacation

Are you ready to hit the sand and sun at Atlantic Beach this year? If so then we understand that being prepared for you vacation means making sure your beach bag is ready for your trip. Staying in one of our Atlantic Beach houses will keep you close to the beach and will allow you to enjoy your vacation. We have compiled a small list of what to pack in your beach bag for your next vacation to Atlantic Beach below.

Beach Bag Items

Beach Towels

Get Your Beach Bag Ready for Your Vacation

Whenever you go on vacation with kids you want to make sure that you have a beach towel packed for each member in the family. This will not only help with the arguments of whose towel is whose but will also help you keep up with the towels too. Bringing an extra towel with you is always a good idea especially if you have little ones with you. Having a beach towel with a different design can help each member in your group remember which one theirs is.

Sunscreen

Atlantic Beach sun is always hot during the spring through fall months and so sunscreen is a must for any beach bag. Use a sunscreen that is designed for your beach activities such as waterproof, sport, high SPF, etc.). Dermatologists suggests that you use a sunscreen with at least 30 SPF while you are enjoying the sunshine. And don’t forget to Reapply throughout your day as we don’t want you to ruin your vacation the very first day your here with a sunburn. If you do happen to get a little too much sun while on vacation, have a nice bottle of aloe in your beach bag as well.

Mesh Sand Toy Bag

Get Your Beach Bag Ready for Your Vacation

Anytime you vacation with the kids, you know that sand toys are a must have in your beach bag. We understand bringing sand back with you into your vacation house is not necessary and can be quite a hassle. So, if you pack a mesh bag such as a laundry bag or a bag specifically for beach toys can help eliminate the mess. Just throw the sandy toys into the bag, give it a good shake or two and leave the sand behind at the beach.

Hats & Sunglasses

Bringing sunglasses and hats can be very useful for anyone who visits the beach. The sun is much hotter than it is in the north, so we want to make sure that your eyes and face are protected. Having sunglasses will protect your eyes from the sun bright rays and will offer you some relief when trying to keep an eye on your little ones playing. Whether you have a floppy hot or a baseball cap, you will be happy that you brought these along with you. Don’t forget to pack one for everyone in the family.

Sand-Free Hack

Get Your Beach Bag Ready for Your Vacation

This is one item that you may not have thought about, but it is a must whenever you visit the beach. Whether you are staying in a vacation rental or you decided to drive your car to the beach access, sand will be all over you when you leave the beach. So, bringing baby powder in your beach bag will magically get the sand off of your body without irritation and leave a nice scent too. This is perfect for everyone in the family and not just the kids.

There are many other things that you can pack into your beach bag, but these are the must have items for your next vacation. If you haven’t made your reservations for your vacation, then check out our Atlantic Beach houses today. We can’t wait for your family to come and vacation with us!

2019 Carolina Chocolate Festival

Enjoy a Sweet Treat on the Crystal Coast this Year

Did you know that visiting the Crystal Coast during February you can enjoy a sweet treat? Yes, it’s the Carolina Chocolate Festival that is happening February 2-3, 2019 this year in Morehead City. It’s the biggest annual event that happens every year that is made for the biggest chocolate fan you know, and it will totally satisfy every sweet tooth out there. Let’s look at what the schedule looks like for the annual chocolate festival this year below.

Carolina Chocolate Festival Facts

Enjoy a Sweet Treat on the Crystal Coast this Year

Here is what you need to know about this year’s Carolina Chocolate Festival. You must tell your friends and family about this chocolate adventure you need to attend. It is held during the first weekend of February every year and is held at the Crystal Coast Civic Center in Morehead City. It happens to be the largest chocolate festival in Eastern North Carolina. Tickets to the festival are $9 per adult, $2 for kids 5-12 and kids under 5 are free. Active duty Military personnel will be given free admission on Sunday with your Military ID. What a perfect way to start the weekend filled with treats and sweets!

It’s a Chocolate Lover’s Paradise

Enjoy a Sweet Great on the Crystal Coast this Year

Not only will you get your yearly dose of decadent chocolate during the festival, it’s also be dubbed as being a chocolate lover’s paradise. Did you know that there will be a Cocoa 5K Fun Run & Walk, a Chocolate Spa and so much more! And if you have a little baker in your family, then you must allow them to enter into the Jr Cup Cake Wars! If you are a NC Resident, then your child from ages 10-16 can enter in the very first Jr Cup Cake Wars. The entry is free, and you must submit 2 dozen cupcakes to serve at least 8 with chocolate being the main ingredient.

Enjoy a Sweet Treat on the Crystal Coast this Year

Chocolate will be literally everywhere, and you will find chocolate vendors galore tempting you everywhere you turn. From wall-to-wall cakes to chocolate bars and ice cream. This even offers you more than a sampling of everything chocolate. Join in the hourly pudding eating contest, and even the door prizes that will be given away such as the “Golden Ticket”. The Golden Ticket Grand Prize happens to be a trip to chocolate’s own amusement park, Hershey Park for 4!!

Celebrating Charity & Chocolate

Chocolate will not be the only thing that is being celebrated this weekend. Charity is the foundation of the event and allows the festival to continue year after year. The Carolina Chocolate Festival is a charitable organization that partners with local non-profit agencies that can all reap from the benefits and while enjoying chocolate. Some of the charitable organizations are Carteret County Domestic Violence, Second Blessings Community Outreach and Bridge Student Ministries. You can read about the charitable organizations here to learn more about them.

If you’re coming to the North Carolina coast for the amazing Chocolate Festival this year, then you might as well stay here at the beach, right? Of course, the answer is absolutely and let’s make it a delightful weekend full of chocolate and the beach. Imagine yourself sitting back and relaxing on your sound side or oceanfront deck, feet propped up, soaking up the sun and enjoying some decadent chocolate you grabbed from the Chocolate Festival. Ah yes that does sound amazing and like a dream, but it doesn’t have to be a dream. You too can stay at one of our amazing Atlantic Beach vacation rentals and make it a fun filled sweet trip to start off Valentine’s Day a little early!

**Photo Credits goes to Carolina Chocolate Festival Photo Page