Ocean Isle Beach is a truly spectacular place full of natural beauty. While most people think of the beach when they think of Ocean Isle Beach there is in fact so much more to our little community. This week we have some fun and unique ways to experience Ocean Isle Beach. Of course, this means exploring our beautiful waters, salt marshes, and majestic swamps. So grab your camera, fill up some water bottles, and get ready to experience Ocean Isle Beach and the surrounding area like never before!
Bring Your Boat and Explore the Intracoastal Waterway
Many folks are unaware of the unique water system called the Intracoastal Waterway. Traversing the Atlantic Coast, this protected waterway allows vessels to safely travel the north-south route along the east coast without being exposed to the dangers of the Atlantic Ocean’s open waters. The benefit to the rest of us is miles of beautiful calm waters to explore. With much of the ICW being a no-wake zone, you’ll find the waters are easy to explore on a variety of watercraft. Ready to explore? The Ocean Isle Beach Boat Ramp can accommodate almost any tow-able sailboat, power boat, or of course, canoes, kayaks and SUPs. No matter how you take to the waters, you’re in for a treat as you experience Ocean Isle Beach from a totally different perspective. One of the best times to explore the ICW is early in the morning when the waters are calm, the temps are low, and the island is just coming to life. It is the perfect way to begin any OIB vacation morning. Make sure to stop in at Sharky’s for a quick bite to eat. The boat ramp is easy to find located at 67 Causeway Drive, right here on Ocean Isle Beach. Hint: Look for the large bridge.
Check out the stars
No we don’t have famous stars, at least not the kind you are probably thinking about. However, we do have one of the best views of those heavenly stars we all love twinkling in the night. Have you always wanted to know more about the stars above? If you have then you’ll love visiting Ingram Planetarium. The planetarium is a partner of the Museum of Coastal Carolina. The Planetarium features loads of events and most of them are free and open to the public. If you are looking for something unique to do during your visit to Ocean Isle Beach look no further than Ingram Planetarium.
Ziplines, Trees, and ATV Adventures
If you’re an adrenaline junky then we have just the place for you! Right down the road in Shallotte, NC at the same place where you will find the swamp boat tours, you’ll also find all sorts of high flying adventures. The Swamp Park has two really exciting things that are sure to make awesome memories.
Ariel Adventures- Ziplines are a fun and exciting way to see Ocean Isle Beach from a rather unique or shall we say, birds eye view. So strap on a harness and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime! Don’t believe us? Just check out the video and see for yourself.
ATV Tours- If you love the purr of the engine and the thrill of riding ATV’s, you are going to love the Swamp Parks new guided ATV tours! This is a rare opportunity to see the swamps, ecology, and wildlife in and around Ocean Isle Beach.
Swamp Boat Tour
The good folks at the The Swamp Park at Ocean Isle Beach offer visitors a great experience exploring the beautiful Shallotte River Swamp with their Swamp Boat Eco-Tours. The great thing about this tour is you don’t have to be able to paddle a kayak to enjoy the tour. Open to all ages, this is a guided tour on a flat bottom boat through the Shallotte River swamps. The great staff has years of experience navigating the local rivers and swamps. Enjoy this slow-paced interesting tour all from, as they say, a “frog’s view.” As you slowly make your way though the historic cypress swamps, your guide (an experienced naturalist) will teach you all about the local ecology and the important role our swamps play in keeping Ocean Isle Beach’s waters clean and beautiful. You’ll leave this tour having a better understanding of the area’s swamps and rivers. Make sure to bring your camera because you just never know what you’ll see on this tour! You might even get to see a landmark used by George Washington in 1791 or traverse waters famous for Coastal North Carolina Pirates.
Do these fun and interesting activities look like things your family would enjoy this summer? If they are, then now is the best time to book your Ocean Isle Beach vacation! Take advantage of booking early to get the home you want during the week you want. After all, the early bird gets the worm! Call us today at 800-727-9222 to speak with one of our friendly and knowledgeable reservationistor click the button below to begin planning your Ocean Isle Beach vacation.