It can be tough to plan activities for the whole family, especially if you have to keep children entertained! We’ve put together a list of the best attractions for kids so the whole family can enjoy their vacation!
Museum of Coastal Carolina
If you think museums are stuffy, quiet places that people visit for research, contemplation, or when there’s nothing else to do, then you haven’t visited the Museum of Coastal Carolina!
Imagine getting up close to the area wildlife on display in the Green Swamp diorama. Then touch or hold a sea star, an urchin, or a hermit crab at the touch tank. Learn the inside story of shells at the newly updated Carolina Shells and Fossils exhibit.
Take a walk through the Ocean Reef Gallery that depicts a reef habitat about 65 miles off the coast of North Carolina. The toddler area in the Barrier Island Gallery has puppets, toy ocean animals, puzzles, and lots of happy noise. And don’t forget to stop by the sea turtle exhibit and watch a short video filmed on Ocean Isle Beach about the life cycle of the loggerhead turtle, the exhibits the mother turtle laying eggs and the hatchlings crawling to the sea.
A visit to the Museum of Coastal Carolina is a treat for the young and the young at heart. Many vacationers include it as a multi-generational activity for the whole family.
The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach beside the playground and just a block from the beach and the pier.
Visit http://museumplanetarium.org/ or call 910-579-1016 for further information.
Shallotte River Swamp Park
Experience the area with their guided Zipline tours, climb on the Aerial Adventure Park, or relax and enjoy the Shallotte River on the Swamp Tour. For the more adventurous, climb to the top of the Main Tower and step off on their Quick Jump event. It is sensational! Visitors take in a variety of natural sights and sounds that encompass this beautiful region. This is the perfect combination of adventure seeking and ecological education.
With something for all ages, these spectacular adventures and breathtaking views are all there waiting for you!
The Shallotte River Swamp Park is located at 5550 Watts Road on the mainland section of Ocean Isle Beach, NC.
Visit www.shallotteriverswamppark.com for more information.
Pier Arcade (Breaker’s)
Just like when you were a kid the Arcade is a great place for family fun and games! Located underneath Salty’s Surfshop, adjacent to the pier, is Breaker’s Arcade. This old-school arcade featured video games, pool tables, skee-ball, and more!
The arcade also has a snack shop located inside with pizza and ice cream. Take a step back in time and be a kid again at Breaker’s Arcade.
River Country Mini-Golf
What’s a trip to the beach without mini-golf? River Country Mini Golf is an 18-hole course. Golfers are greeted by an 18′ giraffe, a baby giraffe, an elephant, a zebra, a hippo, and an alligator to keep them company while they play the links. The course also has a lovely river water feature that spans the property with 6 crossing bridges, and a new large deck with bench seating. The course is conveniently located across the street from Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Pier and is perfect for some family fun!
River Country Mini-golf is located at 1 Causeway Dr, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Call (910) 579-2030 for more information.
Ocean Isle Super Track Go-Kart Racing
If you’ve got the need, the need for speed, then jump behind the wheel of a go-kart and navigate the sharp twists & turns of the track. Compete with up to 16 other drivers on the racing course. Find out who the fastest family member is at Ocean Isle Super Track!
Ocean Isle Super Track is located at 6428 Beach Dr. SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. For more information call (910) 685-7047
For pure entertainment, come to a laser music show or have fun with the free interactive exhibits in the Paul Dennis Science Hall.