Spring has sprung all across Carteret County, and it’s time for some warmer weather fun on the Crystal Coast. Whether you are looking for some Easter fun for the kiddos or want to take in some entertainment or learning, you will find plenty to do.

Here are some great activities selected for you by the Al Williams Properties team.


Core Sound Run

April 1, 9 a.m. to noon • Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, 1785 Island Road, Harkers Island, NC

The seventh annual Core Sound Run, sponsored by the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center, is a family-friendly 10K, 5K, 1-mile run/walk celebrating the beauty of Down East Carteret County. Best of all, it’s free!


Beachfront Egg Hunt

April 1, 10 a.m. • Atlantic Beach Circle, Atlantic Beach, NC.

Join us at The Circle in Atlantic Beach for our Beachfront Egg Hunt. Hunts will be divided by age group:

  •         The Toddler Zone for ages 0–3-year-olds will begin at 10:15 a.m.
  •         4- to 7-year-olds begin at 10:20 a.m.
  •         8- to 12-year-olds begin at 10:30 a.m.

Bring your own basket. This event is “mist or shine,” meaning the egg hunt will go on as long as there is light rain only.


Cedar Point Easter Egg Hunt

April 1, 1-3 p.m. • 427 Sherwood Avenue, Cedar Point, NC

The Town of Cedar Point will host an Easter Egg Hunt for children 0 to 12 years of age, with a separate hunt for the little ones, 0-4 years of age.


Bonehenge Whale Center Open House

April 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. • 275 W. Beaufort Road Extension, Beaufort, NC

Come explore the Bonehenge Whale Center at Gallants Channel during this free open house sponsored by the NC Maritime Museum. Learn about the work at the facility, including research on marine mammals, stranded specimen collection, skeletal articulation, education, and conservation of North Carolina whales, dolphins, and porpoises.

The Center operates as a partnership between the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the Carolina Cay Maritime Foundation. This special open house event is part of the 2023 NCSciFest.


Fort Macon Bird Hike

April 3, 9-10 a.m. • 2303 E. Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC

Meet at the Fort Macon State Park visitor center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. The hike will cover both the trail and the beach.

Crystal Coast Record Show

April 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Carteret County History Museum, 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC

Come browse through thousands of LPs, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, memorabilia and more offered by music vendors from across North Carolina at the Crystal Coast Record Show.

Free admission includes full access to The History Museum of Carteret County. The event is sponsored by the museum and Phil’s Music Exchange of Rocky Mount.

Publick Day

April 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Beaufort Historic Site 150 Turner Street, Beaufort, NC

The Beaufort Historic Site transforms into an open-air marketplace, welcoming visitors to explore the vast array of goods and items for sale from various vendors. Guests who attend Publick Day can expect to find a variety of vendors selling antiques, vintage finds, collectibles, crafts, and more.

The event is modeled after the Publick Times of the Colonial period in Williamsburg, Va., where visitors went to see and be seen, conduct court business, shop, gossip, dine and dance.

Crystal Coast Star Party

April 21 & 22 • Cape Lookout National Seashore, 1800 Island Road, Harkers Island, NC

Crystal Coast Stargazers, Cape Lookout National Seashore, and Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center are co-hosting a multi-event star party on April 21 & 22 during International Dark Sky Week.

Presentations will be in the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum Education Hall adjacent to the park. SciFest 2023 kid activities will be held inside and out at the Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitor Center.

For event details and times, click here.

Events are free except for the starlight cruises to Cape Lookout, which are $27 for adults, and $17 for children. Cruises are by reservation only. Call (252) 728-7433.


Mondays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. • NC Aquarium, 1 Roosevelt Boulevard, Pine Knoll Shores, NC

Take a hike with naturalists at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores as they guide you through this important ecosystem to discover incredible shells, plant and animal life, and other organisms that you may find at the beach.

Ages 5 and up. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. You must provide your own transportation to the beachcombing location.

Cost: $13.50 for aquarium members; $15 for nonmembers. Register online. The beachcombing location will be disclosed upon registration.

Spring is not only a great time for fun, but it’s also a great time for buying or selling real estate, and our agents at Al Williams Properties are ready to help. Just give us a call.

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