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Best things to do in Emerald Isle

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Point of Interest
“It is one of the biggest hang outs for teenagers holding hands and just hanging out. My grandsone and his father go there to fish. Sometimes you have to pay to park and other times not. ”
15local recommendations
Restaurant
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“It’s not a trip to the south without some down-home classics, like shrimp and grits.”
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Restaurant
“This is a very nice restaurant that has a roof top lounge where you can look out over the ocean and the sound”
10local recommendations
Water Park
“When we have a bunch of kids with us, this is where we go. You are not a local unless you worked here during the summer.”
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Bar
“After the kids go to bed, head to Kathryn’s Bistro and Martini Bar for a delicious cocktail and scrumptious seafood.”
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Restaurant
“Nice family friendly restaurant, large back yard area with large fireplace, cornhole, local entertainment. Nice place to allow children to play while you relax to island music with your favorite beverage”
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Meal Takeaway
“Deli type atmosphere but good sandwiches. They serve breakfast too. They also have gifts and wine. ”
6local recommendations
Movie Theatre
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Night Club
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Store
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“This is my favorite all around restaurant at Emerald Isle. It is clean. Service is good. Food is great. We always call it in and bring it home to eat. ”
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Restaurant
“Best pizza in Swansboro, EI. Call ahead and pick up. Located to the right, just over EI bridge. $-$$”
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Establishment
“Nice hiking trail through the woods that runs along the soundside with beautiful views. Great place to take dogs on a leash!”
4local recommendations
Beer Store
“Great tap room with local beer. Has corn hole outside and indoor skeet ball table. Local favorite. ”
3local recommendations
Bar
“Wear your dancing shoes! This is a great place to hear some beach music and dance the night away. Not a dancer? Still, this is a fun place to grab a drink and watch the locals shag.”
2local recommendations
Shopping Mall
“Great book store, movie theater, candy/toy store, wonderful shoe store and beach clothing plus grocery, ABC Store and restaurants”
3local recommendations
Ice Cream Shop
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