Visiting museums, state parks and historical sites are popular activities located near Emerald Isle vacation rentals. The 29-mile island boasts of its family-friendly image which makes tourists go back year after year. Families can spend the entire day touring popular art and culture destinations that are just a walk or short drive away from your chosen Emerald Isle vacation rental.
North Carolina Maritime Museum
The museum aims to preserve, collect, document, research and interpret the maritime history, environment and culture of the coastal towns and cities of North Carolina. Take photos and learn about maritime crafts and arts like the Watson Shell Collection, a collection of approximately 5,000 seashells from more than 100 countries all over the world.
The museum lobby holds a large clam shell, the copper navigation light used in early 1900s and fish models made from real fish molds that are commonly caught in the North Carolina area. Artifacts from Queen's Anne Revenge, a pirate ship, is also housed inside the museum. Historic canoes, skiffs and traditional North Carolina small boats are also displayed in the exhibit hall. Workshops and programs for children and adults are available year round.
Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center
A short drive to Harkers Island will bring you to the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center. You can join the museum's programs and activities like the water fowling, fishing and boat building traditions. Birding Classes are also offered for vacationers; your children will surely enjoy identifying the birds and the sounds they make during museum field trips.
The Willow Pond Project allows children to appreciate the waterfowl and shore birds that thrive in the freshwater pond. The museum aims to teach children the importance of providing natural wildlife in the pond a safe and clean habitat. Museum hours are 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday.
Carteret County Museum
Since 2002, the Carteret County Museum in Morehead City has housed interesting artifacts of North Carolina's coastal towns, and also functions as a historical research library. The museum is known for its authentic collection of Civil War memorabilia and a comprehensive genealogy collection of North Carolina's forefathers. A gift shop offers unique items for souvenirs. Admission is free to the public and most of the museum staff is composed of local volunteers.
Beaufort Historic Site
The Beaufort Historic Site is run by the Beaufort Historical Association and aims to preserve the town's artifacts, works of art and culture. Guided tours aboard a vintage double-decker bus are offered. You can explore the old restored homes and the Old Burying Ground, already listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Beaufort Shop sells handmade dolls, model boats and authentic porcelain items to bring back home.
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