Are you searching for that perfect day trip during your Emerald Isle vacation? The nearby town of Beaufort might be just what you need! This cozy town has some great attractions for the whole family, as well as some romantic things that you and your partner will appreciate. Check out some of our favorite things to do in Beaufort, NC! If you would like more suggestions for things to add to your itinerary, download our free Vacation Guide. You’ll get the inside scoop on the best of the Crystal Coast.
Discover the Best Things to do in Beaufort, NC
North Carolina Maritime Museum
The North Carolina Maritime Museum combines educational exhibits with entertainment! Your kids won’t even realize they’re learning as they look at the fascinating artifacts housed here. Do you have a future marine biologist on your hands? They’ll love learning about the local ecology. Is your little one interested in learning more about pirates? This museum has artifacts from Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s famous ship. There’s even a center that teaches visitors about boatbuilding. Enjoy a day of fun and learning when you visit!
There’s plenty of history to enjoy during your visit to Beaufort! This former seaside village is the third-oldest in North Carolina, established in 1709. Today, you’ll be able to stroll along the beautiful tree-lined streets of the downtown district and enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing. While some visitors prefer to conduct their own walking tours, you may prefer to buy a ticket to Hungry Town Guided Tours’ Historic Beaufort Walking Tour. It runs every day of the year and lasts for about an hour. The tour is appropriate for all ages, so bring the whole family along!
The downtown walking tour isn’t the only one available. Hungry Town Guided Tours has an amazing selection available, including ones based on Nicholas Sparks novels (which are set nearby) and others focused on maritime history. One of the most popular is the Beaufort Culinary Bike Tour will take you through 300 years of Beaufort’s history. During the three-hour ride, you’ll visit three restaurants, attend a wine tasting, and sample some olive oil pairings at a chef-inspired kitchen store.
Another great tour delves into the little-known secrets of the town’s history. The Hidden Beaufort Tour, which lasts about an hour, goes into the legacy of Blackbeard, shipbuilding, and the homes in the downtown district. It’s only available for guests 15 or older.
Stay in a Home From Spinnaker’s Reach
After your day enjoying the many things to do in Beaufort, NC, return to one of the stunning rental properties available from Spinnaker’s Reach! Each of our homes is in one central neighborhood in town. Our guests can enjoy shared amenities like our pool or clubhouse, as well as the gorgeous stretch of beach along Coast Guard Road. Whether you’re searching for a beautiful oceanfront house or pet-friendly accommodations, you’ll find it on our inventory!
Browse through our full selection of homes and book today! We look forward to having you.