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Things to do in Emerald Isle

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Restaurant
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“It’s not a trip to the south without some down-home classics, like shrimp and grits.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Free to walk on. Fantastic viewing platform. Nice bathrooms. Nice restaurant too, if you care to grab a bite.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a very nice restaurant that has a roof top lounge where you can look out over the ocean and the sound”
  • 11 locals recommend
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.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
“After the kids go to bed, head to Kathryn’s Bistro and Martini Bar for a delicious cocktail and scrumptious seafood.”
  • 6 locals recommend
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”
  • 7 locals recommend
Movie Theater
  • 2 locals recommend
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. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Night Club
  • 5 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Deli type atmosphere but good sandwiches. They serve breakfast too. They also have gifts and wine. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best pizza in Swansboro, EI. Call ahead and pick up. Located to the right, just over EI bridge. $-$$”
  • 2 locals recommend
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.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Beer Store
“Great tap room with local beer. Has corn hole outside and indoor skeet ball table. Local favorite. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great food, and good atmosphere. Drinks are excellent! There is outdoor dining available when the weather is right. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Great book store, movie theater, candy/toy store, wonderful shoe store and beach clothing plus grocery, ABC Store and restaurants”
  • 3 locals recommend
Establishment
“Nice hiking trail through the woods that runs along the soundside with beautiful views. Great place to take dogs on a leash!”
  • 4 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“It’s not a trip to the south without some down-home classics, like shrimp and grits.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a very nice restaurant that has a roof top lounge where you can look out over the ocean and the sound”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
“After the kids go to bed, head to Kathryn’s Bistro and Martini Bar for a delicious cocktail and scrumptious seafood.”
  • 6 locals recommend
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”
  • 7 locals recommend
Store
“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. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Meal Takeaway
“Deli type atmosphere but good sandwiches. They serve breakfast too. They also have gifts and wine. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best pizza in Swansboro, EI. Call ahead and pick up. Located to the right, just over EI bridge. $-$$”
  • 2 locals recommend
Beer Store
“Great tap room with local beer. Has corn hole outside and indoor skeet ball table. Local favorite. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

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