An Expert Guide to the Best Things to do in Emerald Isle, NC, in Winter

If you think of Emerald Isle as a summer-only destination, you’re missing out! During the coldest months, escape the snow and head to the coast for a beach getaway. While our cozy town never gets too busy during the summer, traveling during the off-season means that you’ll be able to enjoy Emerald Isle like a local! Whether you’re visiting for the holidays or you want to start your year off the right way, these things to do in Emerald Isle, NC, in winter are the perfect addition to your itinerary.

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Emerald Isle Things to Do

The Best Things to Do in Emerald Isle, NC, in Winter

Enjoy the Mild Weather

We’ll admit it — we don’t know what real cold is. That’s what most of our guests from up north say when they see us shivering in mid-60 weather. Our low tolerance makes sense when you consider that temperatures usually only drop to the high-50s, even in the coldest months. 

Attend a Fun Event

Some of our favorite events in Emerald Isle happen during the coldest months! For example, one of this region’s most iconic events is the Crystal Coast Countdown. There are several events all along the coastline, including Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, and (of course) Emerald Isle! You have your choice of ways to ring in the new year. Our favorite way is at the Bogue Inlet Pier, which features one of the best fireworks shows around. 

There are also plenty of great holiday-themed events to get you in the Christmas spirit. You won’t want to miss the Emerald Isle Christmas Parade, the Annual Santa and a Movie, and the Holiday Arts and Craft Fair

Take a Day Trip

While Emerald Isle’s attractions are summer-based (like the Emerald Isle water park), there are plenty of cities that are just a short drive away that feature fun things to do. The Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium is a fun place to take the kids for an afternoon. They’ll love seeing all the amazing animals, and you’ll enjoy learning about the local ecosystem. Be sure to check their calendar to see if there are any special events going on during your trip!

Relax in Your Spinnaker’s Reach Vacation Home

With so many things to do in Emerald Isle, NC, in winter, you may not know where to begin. Our suggestion is to pick out your favorite Spinnaker’s Reach rental home and book your stay! Don’t worry about salting your driveway or shoveling your sidewalks. Instead, visit Emerald Isle and leave your cares at the door. With our amazing customer service and our local knowledge, our staff will help you create the perfect winter beach vacation. 

What are you waiting for? Browse our full selection of vacation rentals and book your stay with us today! We look forward to having you.