Homeschool / Educational Opportunities

Looking for a new destination for a homeschool fieldtrip/vacation? Explore the Crystal Coast, while staying oceanfront at Playtime in Emerald Isle, NC. There are many educational destinations to visit during the day, while enjoying sunsets on the beach in the evening.

With 7 bedrooms, Playtime is the perfect oceanfront location for multiple homeschool families (along with grandparents or other family members) to spend a week learning and enjoying an unforgetable family experience.

Below is a list of nearby educational activities. Look over the list and start planning your educational trip now.

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Cape Lookout National Seashore

Take a boat trip three miles off-shore to the islands of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Here you can enjoy remote beaches, watch wild horses and other wildlife, or visit one of the historic districts.

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The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

The N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores features a 300,000-gallon ocean tank plus exhibits and animals from across North Carolina. Mountain waterfalls, Piedmont rivers, coastal swamps, and offshore shipwrecks are some of the habitats.

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Fort Macon State Park

NC's most visited state park includes a 19th century Civil War fort, recreation area with lifeguard-protected swimming, bathhouse and picnic area. Civil War reenactments performed in summer months.

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Beaufort Guided Historic Tours

Tours are led by docents in period dress through anthentically restored dwellings. Tours include historical buildings, a double-decker bus, or the Old Burying Ground.

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NC Maritime Museum

Extensive maritime history preserved through exhibits, workshops, curator-led field trips, a Watercraft center with ship models and wooden boat construction/restoration, and annual events like the Wooden Boat Show.

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National Estuarine Reserve

The Rachel Carson NCNERR is located near the mouth of the Newport River in southern Carteret County, directly across Taylor's Creek from the historic town of Beaufort. This site is a complex of islands: Carrot Island, Town Marsh, Bird Shoal, and Horse Island.

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Crystal Coast Ecotours

Customize your excursions aboard the Lucky Dog -- go shelling. clamming. crabbing. dolphin watching. birding. snorkeling. fishing. seining. wild horse watching. Spend a beautiful day on the water, take advantage of nature's bounty and EXPLORE coastal North Carolina.

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Port City Tour Company

Offering several exciting tours of the Crystal Coast: Beaufort Ghost Walk, Port City Pirates & Ghost Tour, Legend of Blackbeard Tour, Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, Cape Lookout Lighthouse Adventure, & Pirate Island Treasure Hunt.

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