Parts of Carteret County have seen a decrease in the number of kid’s activities; but for the western end of the county, we have seen an increase. Visitors I talk to seem to spend most of their time on the beach, in the sound, at Blue Heron Park, Emerald Woods Park, and in other nature based activities. However, for those looking for additional activities, there are plenty. The bike paths/sidewalks are used by many for evening ice cream runs or just strolling. Emerald Isle has two miniature golf courses, an ever popular water slide, bumper cars, etc.
Just across the bridge in Cape Carteret, there is the ever popular Golfn’ Dolphin. Golfin’ Dolphin offers tons of activities of interest to all ages. Scheduled to open June 1, is Mac Daddy’s with 24 lanes of bowling along with a sports grill, lounge, billiard room, snack bar, party rooms, banquet rooms and the largest arcade on the Crystal Coast. This is all in addition to the 18 holes of miniature golf, a driving range with 50 tees, an outdoor gocart track, bumper boats and baseball/softball batting cages. Golfin’ Dolphin has always had activities that appealed to people of all ages. With the addition of Mac Daddy’s there are even more things to satisfy the wide range of family interests. It doesn’t take long to realize, this is not your “father’s bowling alley”. Mac Holz, owner, and the entire Holz family are dedicated to providing quality family entertainment on the Crystal Coast. The video arcade will have the latest in video game equipment.
With the addition of the bicycle paths and sidewalks over the last couple of years, we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of people out and about. I have proclaimed May to be Bicycle Month in Emerald Isle and I would like to take a moment to thank the many that have played a part in making the bike paths and sidewalks a reality. Major thanks need to go to NCDOT who provided the bulk of the funds. Certainly Town Staff, the elected officials, and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee were major players in making the paths a reality. We hope to be adding to the system as funds become available. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee not only has helped with the design, but has also been active in promoting bicycle safety, fund raising, and organizing bicycle events. Thanks to everyone that has had a part in the bicycle and sidewalk projects.
Check out the EMS Brick Fundraiser at www.emeraldisle-nc.org/brick. This is an opportunity to be a part of the EMS Team, show appreciation for past and future EMS services, and help keep it the top notch organization that it has been for many years.
Please help us keep our town clean by picking up trash that you come upon. Keeping the town clean is a top priority of town staff, but they can’t do it without the help of the many citizens and visitors that pick up trash daily.