Parks & Nature

The sand and sea of the Crystal Coast make it the perfect place for your beach vacation, and you’ll find that you’re not the only ones enjoying our award-winning shores. Hundreds of birds, sea creatures and other wildlife call the Crystal Coast their home, while some pass through just long enough for you to catch a glimpse. Enjoy the magic of our natural backdrop with special excursions and self-guided tours at the Rachel Carson Reserve, Fort Macon State Park, Cape Lookout National Seashore and other amazing locations such as the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Plus, no visit to the Crystal Coast is complete without a stop on Shackleford Banks, home to our famous wild horses. Whether you’re looking to hike along our seashore or dive into the depths, we’ve got something for you to explore.