The Crystal Coast Tourism Authority Invites Adventure Seekers to Jump on the Sand Wagon This Summer & Get Away Together

May 06, 2013, 13:59 ET from Crystal Coast Tourism Authority

EMERALD ISLE, N.C., ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C., MOREHEAD CITY, N.C., BEAUFORT, N.C. and CAPE LOOKOUT, N.C., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- This summer the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority invites travelers to take advantage of the increasingly popular trend of vacationing with friends and family by "Getting Away Together" along North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks, as the flip-flop friendly towns of Emerald Isle, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Beaufort and Cape Lookout present experiential and affordable attractions, events and accommodation offerings for "kids" of all ages (

From exploring wild Spanish mustangs on Shackleford Banks to climbing the diamond lady lighthouse at Cape Lookout and strolling the streets of Beaufort, recently named "America's Coolest Small Town," as well as discovering hundreds of species at the Aquarium and taking a glimpse back into historic maritime history, the Crystal Coast remains one of North Carolina's best values. Promising plenty of wallet-friendly adventures for the entire family, the 85 miles of silken shoreline bid the perfect backdrop for a summer escape with local attractions all under $10, including:

Fort Macon State Park                                  


Beaufort Maritime Museum                             


Core Sound Waterfowl Museum                       

Adults $5/ Children FREE

Cape Lookout Ferry                                         

Adults $8/Children $4

Beaufort Double Decker Tour Bus                      

Adults $8/Children $4

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores     

Adults $8/Children $6

Old Burying Grounds                                          

Adults $8/Children $4

There's never a dull moment on the Southern Outer Banks, but instead days filled with outdoor recreation, sightseeing and cultural possibilities - all thanks to the wind and the waves.

June/July 2013:

  • 3rd Annual Kayak and Paddle Board Race – June 1
  • Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament – June 10-18
  • Emerald Isle Summer V2 Volleyball Tournament Series – June 22
  • Great 4th of July Underwater Bike Race – July 4
  • Beaufort Independence Day Parade – July 4
  • Crystal Coast Music Festival – July 13
  • Historic Beaufort Road Race – July 16

Along with a wide range of attractions and events, the Southern Outer Banks offer year-round affordable accommodations options, ranging from mammoth beach mansions - known locally as "sand castles" - and quaint B & B's to seaside cottages and comfortable condos.

A sampling of accommodation starting rates include:

Cape Lookout                      

camping FREE/cabins $54/night

Inlet Inn        

from $130/night

Atlantis Lodge  

from $180/night

Hampton Inn Morehead City    

from $169/night

Emerald Isle Realty                 

starting at $250/night

Dangling like a delicate strand of pearls off the coast of North Carolina, the favored Atlantic beach destination of generations represents one of the only remaining natural barrier island systems in the World. The Islands are strung together with 85 miles of silken coastline along the southern Outer Banks, 56 miles of which are in the protected Cape Lookout National Seashore. Miles of shimmering water reflects countless tiny suns during the day and shatters the moon into a thousand pieces at night.

For more information on "Getting Away Together" at the Crystal Coast call (800) 786-6962 or visit or

SOURCE Crystal Coast Tourism Authority