Beaufort NC & The Crystal Coast
Attractions, Local Events & Things To Do

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Trip Advisor's excellent Top Things to Do in Beaufort NC.

Air Tours | Amusement Places

Beaufort Events, Historic Sites, Museums & Tours

Bowling | Cape Lookout National Seashore

Coastal Cruises | Crystal Coast Events

Fishing Charters | Fort Macon State Park

Golf & Tennis | Kayak Tours & Rentals

NC Aquarium | Parks & Natural Areas

Scuba, Surf & Swim | Sports

Air Tours

Crystal Coast Air Tours
Come explore the Crystal Coast from a perspective unlike any other. On an aerial tour with Southern Air, you?ll get a "birds-eye" view of the many attractions that make Carteret County one of the most unique coastal communities in the country. On the Air Tour, you'll venture out over Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks to see the famous wild horses racing along the beach. Spot schools of dolphin, large sharks, or even a humpback whale swimming just below the surface. Scope out the spot where the infamous Blackbeard sank his vessel. Fly over the historic Fort Macon all comes together in the Air Tour!! Call now to reserve your flight at 252-728-2323.

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Amusement Parks & Places

MacDaddy's - is the largest family entertainment center on the Crystal Coast and Emerald Isle in North Carolina so check out MacDaddy's for Bowling, Billiards and great arcade games.

Professor Hacker's Lost Treasure Golf and Raceway,
Salter Path/ Indian Beach (252) 247-3024

Sportsworld, Morehead City (252) 247-4444

T&B Skateboard Park (252) 240-3900

Water Boggan of Emerald Isle (252) 354-2609
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Beaufort Events, Historic Sites, Museums & Tours

Pirate Invasion

Wanna know where the story of Spanish Privateers invading Beaufort in 1747 comes from? There have been many years between then and now, but one thing for sure is that this beautiful little coastal town in North Carolina continues to draw pirates, privateers and history buffs from all over the world. Don't miss the Beaufort Pirate Invasion held in August each year. In the meantime, visit Beaufort-NC.Com

Tour Beaufort
On the coast of North Carolina, facing the Beaufort Inlet and protected from the sea by the arms of the Southern Outer Banks, is the Historic port town of Beaufort, NC. A town unharmed by progress, retaining the charm of its early days with 18th century homes of pirates the likes of Blackbeard, sea captains, shippers and merchants still standing, gleaming white, on the Waterfront and along the live oak shaded streets.

Beaufort Ghost Walk
Come join us for the Beaufort Ghost Walk and stroll through a Historic town full of haunted tales and chilling stories of murderous pirates, unexplained happenings, ghost ships and haunted houses. Among other Beaufort landmarks, you'll see Blackbeard's House and the Old Burying Ground, a 300 year old cemetery.

Wild Horse & Shelling Safari
Or choose the Wild Horse & Shelling Safari and take a 15 minute ferry ride over to Shackleford Banks and the southern portion of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. There you will be introduced to the Wild Horses of Shackleford. This herd is believed to have descended from Horses that were shipwrecked here roughly 500 years ago, and still survive as one of the last isolated groups of wild horses in North America. After the tour, you will be directed to one of the best shelling beaches in all of North Carolina where you can spend some time on your own shelling your way down the beach, with the Cape Lookout Lighthouse off in the distance.

North Carolina Maritime Museum
The North Carolina Maritime Museum, an agency of the Office of Archives and History, under the Department of Cultural Resources, is driven by its mission to preserve and interpret all aspects of North Carolina's rich maritime heritage through educational exhibits, programs and field trips.

The Museum has an active boatbuilding program, and offers many environmental education programs, including the Cape Lookout Studies Program, which operates from a remote facility on North Carolina's Outer Banks. A visit to the museum will enhance your appreciation of the natural beauty, precious resources, and rich cultural heritage of coastal North Carolina.

Blackbeard the pirate's Queen Anne's Revenge
Blackbeard was the most notorious pirate in the history of seafaring. With a beard that almost covered his face, he would strike terror into the hearts of his victims, according to some early accounts, by weaving wicks laced with gunpowder into his hair, and lighting them during battle. A big man, he added to his menacing appearance by wearing a crimson coat, two swords at his waist, and bandoleers stuffed with numerous pistols and knives across his chest.

The sight of Blackbeard was enough to make most of his victims surrender without a fight. If they gave up peacefully, he would usually take their valuables, navigational instruments, weapons, and rum before allowing them to sail away. If they resisted, he would often maroon the crews and burn their ship. Blackbeard worked hard at establishing his devilish image, but there is no archival evidence to indicate that he ever killed anyone who was not trying to kill him.

Historic Beaufort
Welcome to Historic Beaufort North Carolina. Founded in 1709, Beaufort is the county seat of Carteret County, also known as the Crystal Coast. It has been important as a Seaport since the time of Blackbeard and today is the home of the Beaufort Historic Association and a popular destination on the Atlantic coast.

Rachel Carson Reserve
Across Taylor's Creek from the Beaufort waterfront is a complex of islands that compose the Rachel Carson site. The islands at the western end of the site, Carrot Island, Town Marsh, Bird Shoal, and Horse Island, are more than three miles long and less than a mile wide, covering 2,025 acres. Middle Marsh, separated from the rest of the site by the North River Channel, is almost two miles long and less than a mile wide, covering nearly 650 acres.

The Rachel Carson site can only be visited by boat. Visitors may use their own boat or contact the local boating concessions. Visitors usually land on the sandy beach at the west end of Town Marsh and cross over to Bird Shoals on foot. A trail guide for the Rachel Carson site is available free of charge over the Internet or at the Reserve education office.

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Carteret Lanes, Morehead City (252) 247-4481

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Cape Lookout National Seashore

Official Site
Ready for adventure? 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. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch for the day. Going camping takes a little more planning.

from North Carolina Outdoors
Want to know what our coastal barrier islands looked like before postwar development got the best of them? Visit Cape Lookout. It is the closest thing to a seaside wilderness to be found south of Maine.

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Coastal Cruises

Anything Adventurous LLC
Eric LePage
513 Pine St
Beaufort, nc 28516

Island Girl Charters
Capt. Tracy Campbell
607 Mourning Dove Dr.
Newport, NC 28570

Lookout Cruises
Lookout Cruises offers daily sailing excursions departing historic Beaufort for up to 42 passengers on a 45-foot catamaran with cushioned seating, plenty of shade and large clean restrooms on board. Whether it's two people, a family outing, tour group or business party, Lookout Cruises offers a memorable sail on the NC Coast complete with cool breezes, saltwater and breathtaking scenery. So make your reservations today for one of these unforgettable Lookout Cruises!

Mystery Boat Tours
Come aboard and experience True Southern Hospitality. Cruise with us and you will see why Mystery Tours, Inc. is the highest rated and longest running harbor tour company on the Crystal Coast. We have been bringing fun, adventure and educational experience to guests since 1986. The secret of our success is the incomparable service you'll receive from our captains and crew. There are now three vessels in the Mystery Tours fleet: The Mystery, The Lookout Express and the new Diamond City. All are Coast Guard approved and equipped with every modern convenience. The range of tour options is impressive. Reservations are required for dinner cruises and fishing trips and are suggested on all other cruises.

Coastal Ecology Tours
See the Crystal Coast under sail aboard the 41' custom ketch Good Fortune. Six people maximum on all charters. Hours and rates are flexible, trips are customized

Waterbug Tours
Bob Rust
103 Beaufort Walk
Beaufort, NC 28516

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Crystal Coast Events Calendar

The Calendar of Events outlines activities to entertain vacationers on North Carolina's Crystal Coast.

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Fishing - Deep Sea, Pier or Surf

Captain Stacy Fishing Center
From the time you arrive at the Captain Stacy Fishing Center near Morehead City, North Carolina, until the time you depart you'll experience pleasure after pleasure. You'll board one of the finest fishing charter vessels along the east coast, skim over the clean blue waters of the Atlantic to its fabulous fishing grounds as far out as the Gulf Stream, troll your hungry lure where the big prizes are anxiously waiting to strike.

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Fort Macon State Park

Official Site
Fort Macon offers public access to the surf, sun and sand of the Crystal Coast, as well as a historic landmark. Located at the eastern end of Bogue Banks, one of a series of barrier islands along the North Carolina coast, the park is surrounded on three sides by water, the Atlantic Ocean, Beaufort Inlet and Bogue Sound. This area of undisturbed natural beauty is the perfect place to explore salt marches and estuaries vital to the coastal ecosystem.

Friends of Fort Macon
An all volunteer tax exempt organization currently with 1414 members, have as their mission the support of the Fort.

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum
Core Sound Waterfowl Museumn and Heritage Center, a place for the people to share the Core Sound Waterfowl heritage.

Shackleford Banks Horses
The Shackleford Banks wild horses are a unique historic and cultural legacy. Historical research and genetics testing indicates that these wild horses descended from a core group of the old type of Spanish horses. Would you like to help preserve these wonderful animals?

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Golf & Tennis

Crystal Coast Golf Directory
Golf Guide and golf package rates for Beaufort North Carolina Crystal Coast Golf Courses, Clubs and Resorts!

Tennis at the beach - soft courts nearby at
Bogue Banks Country Club

Hard courts nearby at Island Beach & Racquet Club

Spooner Creek Racquet Club
(252) 726-8560

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Kayak, Canoe and Boat Rentals

Ahoy Boat Rentals - Kayaks, Skiffs and Pontoon Boats for Rentals are available on the Crystal Coast, North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks.

Barrier Island Kayaks - Take a kayak tour in open recreational kayaks or performance sea kayaks at Barrier Island Kayaks in Swansboro, North Carolina. Sea kayaking on North Carolina's outer banks is a great way to connect with nature, get exercise and learn about the coastal ecosystems. Barrier Island Kayaks offers BCU and ACA certified sea kayaking instruction and is the Coastal Academy of Sea Kayaking on the Crystal Coast.

Crystal Coast Canoe and Kayak Club - brings together people with a common interest in canoeing and kayaking to increase safety, skills, and enjoyment of the sport, and to encourage protection of our local waterways.

Core Sound Kayaks - provides you with the opportunity to tour the Cape Lookout National Park via kayak. See things you can only see on a boat. Great rates, exciting times.

Water Sports Rentals and More - invite you and your family to come and enjoy our water rentals, activities and facilities. Available for rental, waverunners, paddle boats & banana boats!

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North Carolina Aquarium

At the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium, visitors will get a fun and educational hands-on look at North Carolina's maritime ecosystem. The popular touch tank offers a close-up look at common marine animals. The aquarium's outdoor boardwalk along Bogue Sound features overlooks, bird scopes and informational signs that discuss the importance of the salt marsh and the plants and animals living there.

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Parks & Natural Areas

Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area
1 Roosevelt Dr.
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

Croatan National Forest
141 E. Fisher Avenue
Highway 70
New Bern, NC 28562

Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge
Route 1, Box N-2
Lola Road at NC Highway 12
Swan Quarter, NC 27885

Hammocks Beach State Park
1572 Hammocks Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584

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Scuba, Surf & Swim

Surf reports
Atlantic Beach Surf Camera, Surf Report and Forecast - Southeast, North Carolina (South) from Surfline.

Discovery Diving Co. - a Five Star PADI Facility providing the best possible ways to experience the Joy and Adventure of Wreck Diving in the Graveyard of the Atlantic.

Diver Down
Diver Down Scuba Diving Charters web site describes the various wreck diving sites and charter services off the coast of North Carolina.SCUBA diving charters, Morehead City, NC.

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Kinston Indians
Class A Baseball Affiliate of the Cleveland Indians based in Kinston NC.

Coastal Plains Raceway
Stock car and drag racing in Jacksonville, NC.

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