Events on the Crystal Coast

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The Crystal Coast is home and host to a variety of events throughout the year. From fishing tournaments to seasonal festivals; from children’s celebrations to athletic events, each month holds something different to delight everyone in your family. Find out what’s going on during your stay, or learn when to plan your next trip. We look forward to seeing you!

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Sea Turtle Trek @ NC Aquarium at PKS

June 2, 2019 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Visit the Aquarium “after hours” to learn about our sea turtle conservation efforts. Explore behind the scenes areas while getting up close and personal with our sea turtle ambassadors before you stroll the nighttime beach looking for sea turtle nests in the sand. Ages 5 and up. $20

1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, USA

(252) 247-4003

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Behind the Scenes: Aquarium Close Encounters

June 2, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Visit labs and holding areas and feed the animals in this through behind-the-scenes adventure that includes an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck. Ages 5 and up. $25 For details call 252-247-4003 or visit www.ncaquariums.com to register.

1 Roosevelt Blvd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, United States

(252) 247-4003

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Jr. Ranger Day

June 6, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
June 12, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
June 17, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
June 26, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
July 11, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
July 17, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
July 25, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
July 31, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
August 8, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
August 14, 2019 | 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Sign your kids up to work with a Park Ranger at Fort Macon to earn their Jr. Ranger Patch. This event is for children age 6-12 who must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited call the park office in advance to register.

2303 East Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

(252) 726-3775

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Astronomy @ Fort Macon

June 7, 2019 | 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
August 9, 2019 | 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
September 20, 2019 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come out to the Beach Access (bathhouse) parking lot at Fort Macon and join us for a night of astronomy. Ranger Paul Terry will discuss the night sky and we will have telescopes set up for viewing the heavens. This is a clear weather event. If you have a telescope feel free to bring it. No pets please.

2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC, United States

(252) 726-3775

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TESS – The Search for Earth 2.0 @ Fort Macon

June 8, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
July 13, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
August 10, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
September 14, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us in the Visitor Center’s large auditorium with special guest NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Lisa Pelletier-Harman and take a look at NASA’s explorations outside of our Solar System for possible habitable Exoplanets.

2303 E. Fort Macon Rd. Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

(252) 726-3775

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Crystal Coast Crabs

June 14, 2019 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
August 30, 2019 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Meet at the Fort Macon Bathhouse to learn about some of the local species of crabs that call the Crystal Coast home.

2303 E. Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

(252) 726-3775

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For Goodness Snakes! @ Fort Macon

June 21, 2019 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
July 19, 2019 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
August 16, 2019 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

2019 is the Year of the Snake in NC State Parks. Join a ranger to take a look at some of the common snakes of our area and learn what a vital role these misunderstood creatures play in our environment. Meet at the Bathhouse.

2303 E. Fort Macon Rd. Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

(252) 726-3775

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Introduction to Wooden Boat Building Course

June 22, 2019 | 9:00 am - June 23, 2019 | 4:30 pm
July 13, 2019 | 9:00 am - July 14, 2019 | 4:30 pm
August 24, 2019 | 9:00 am - August 25, 2019 | 4:30 pm
September 14, 2019 | 9:00 am - September 15, 2019 | 4:30 pm
October 12, 2019 | 9:00 am - October 13, 2019 | 4:30 pm

Explore the art of boatbuilding in this two-day, hands-on course. Students age 16 and up begin with lofting, and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the backbone of small boats. They also learn planking methods, both carvel and lapstrake, and use of appropriate fasteners. After two days, students will have the knowledge, skill, and confidence to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own. Cost is $135 ($121.50 for members of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum). Advance registration is required. Register by calling 252-504-7758.

315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC, United States

(252) 504-7740

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Carolina Seashells @ Fort Macon

June 28, 2019 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
July 26, 2019 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Our beach has an amazing assortment of seashell treasures. Meet at the Fort Macon bathhouse to learn about the variety of local species you might find on your next beach walk.

2303 E. Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

(252) 726-3775

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Turtle Talk @ Fort Macon

July 5, 2019 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am
August 9, 2019 | 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join a Ranger for a look at one of our local treasures, the sea turtle. We will talk about all species of turtles and how common they are on our beaches. We may be able to hike to an actual nest depending on the location of any nests we have this summer.  Meet at the Fort Macon Bathhouse.

2303 E. Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

(252) 726-3775

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Merry Time for Tots

September 11, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
October 9, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
November 13, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am
December 11, 2019 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Preschoolers and their caregivers are invited to the Merry Time for Tots program, which takes a unique look at a different nautical topic each month. Topics include Pirate Hooks and Peg Legs, Hatteras Jack, Boats that Float, Whale of a Time and Shark Tales. The program is free and includes lessons, activities and a make-and-take craft. Register at 252-504-7758.

315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC, USA

(252) 504-7758

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Living History Weekend 2019

September 14, 2019 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Re-enactors with the 1st NC Volunteers will be spending the weekend at Fort Macon presenting the public with special events and programs. Events will be held from 10 – 4 and may include flag talks, women’s dress talks musket drills and artillery demonstrations.  A skirmish scenario will take place at 1:30.

2303 East Fort Macon Road Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

(252) 726-3775

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Harvest Time @ BHA

October 8, 2019 | 9:00 am - October 11, 2019 | 12:00 pm
October 15, 2019 | 9:00 am - October 19, 2019 | 12:00 pm

Demonstrations of Beaufort family life in the 1700s and 1800s will be featured in this Living History program designed specifically for fourth grade classes. Children learn through hands-on activities about food preservation, candle dipping, woodworking, and corn harvesting techniques demonstrated by volunteers in period dress. Admission charge.

100 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC, United States

(252) 728-5225

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Kindergarten Thanksgiving 2019

November 4, 2019 | 9:00 am - November 8, 2019 | 12:00 pm
November 12, 2019 | 9:00 am - November 15, 2019 | 12:00 pm

Similar to our Harvest Time, Kindergarten Thanksgiving is open for kindergarten classes. Students will see open hearth cooking, butter churning, weaving and spinning and visit the colonial gardens! Reservations required.  

100 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC, United States

(252) 728-5225

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