Family Activities in the Beaufort NC Area

There isn’t a more exciting immersion into Beaufort’s ethereal wonders than the Beaufort Ghost Walk.  This guided tour begins after dusk and takes visitors through several blocks of the town, recounting haunting tales of restless spirits and plundering pirates.  You’ll learn of the spooky history of Hammock House, once a secret stop for the infamous pirate Blackbeard.  You’ll also visit the Old Burying Ground, a cemetery hundreds of years old and teeming with tales of murders, ghosts, and mysterious occurrences.  This hour-long tour is as entertaining as it is eerie, and great for the entire family.  Will the photos you take on this tour reveal “ghost orbs” when developed?
Want to see what treasures await on the barrier islands of the Outer Banks? Take a short ferry ride from Beaufort and to Shackleford Island with The Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari.  You’ll take a tour of Shackleford Banks and see the magnificent horses which freely roam the island.  Believed to be descendents of Spanish Mustangs brought to the region over 400 years ago, these beautiful horses are emblematic of the region’s rich, colonial history.  Also on the banks, you’ll have the opportunity to comb the shoreline in what is widely considered one of the finest shelling locations of the entire East Coast.  Hunt for treasures including sand dollars, conch shells, or even the North Carolina state shell, the Scotch Bonnet.
Beaufort Inlet Watersports offers a variety of fun and exciting nautical activities for the entire family.  Fishing tours are offered throughout the inlet, and participants cast out in pursuit of tuna, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, and much more.  Guests are invited to rent kayaks, or take guided kayaking tours through the inlets and out to more remote locations in the greater area.  Perhaps their most exhilarating activity provided is their parasailing tour, where guests take flight to enjoy an incredible bird’s-eye view of the city and sea.  There isn’t a more unforgettable experience than seeing the gorgeous Crystal Coast from above.

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Island Hopping - Visitor Information in Beaufort, North Carolina - Visit Beaufort NC - Things to Do, Family Activities, Tours, Attractions, Boat Trips, Lodging, Accommodations, Hotel, Motel, Restaurants One of the few boats permitted by the Cape Lookout National Seashore to take you to any part of the National Park, charter a trip with Lookout Adventures and spend a day exploring one of the most beautiful parts of NC’s coast. The best SHELLING beaches in North Carolina are inside the Park & Shackleford Banks is home to roughly 120 WILD HORSES with a history dating back nearly 400 years!

Shark Fishing - Visitor Information in Beaufort, North Carolina - Visit Beaufort NC - Things to Do, Family Activities, Tours, Attractions, Boat Trips, Lodging, Accommodations, Hotel, Motel, Restaurants
Are you ready for a wild afternoon of fighting with the ocean’s top predator? Some of the best fighting fish in the ocean, sharks can be quite a challenge to bring to the boat, and it’s definitely a thrill to know there’s a big predator on the other end of that line. We may catch many species of sharks: black tips, hammerheads, sand sharks, lemons, bonnet heads, spiny dogfish, and more…

Dolphin Watch - Visitor Information in Beaufort, North Carolina - Visit Beaufort NC - Things to Do, Family Activities, Tours, Attractions, Boat Trips, Lodging, Accommodations, Hotel, Motel, Restaurants This private trip is available from November to May, and is about as good as it gets for “off-season” fun & relaxation. The Lookout Adventures vessel is perfect for a relaxing and intimate cruise in the winter months because the pilothouse helps protect you from any wind or cold. Just dress warmly and you’ll be perfectly comfortable. Max # of 6 guests.

Sunset Cruise - Visitor Information in Beaufort, North Carolina - Visit Beaufort NC - Things to Do, Family Activities, Tours, Attractions, Boat Trips, Lodging, Accommodations, Hotel, Motel, Restaurants This trip is available year round, and is perfect for those wanting a peaceful & memorable cruise of the local waterfronts, islands and landmarks. Step on the boat and get to relaxin’ while our friendly & professional captain takes you on a beautiful cruise through these panoramic and historic waterways. Serenity is the goal as we glide over the water towards our rendezvous with the setting sun.


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