The waterfront town of Beaufort, North Carolina is charming. Less crowded than the more touristy beaches, makes Beaufort the perfect place for a lovely afternoon outing. Although the pier area is only about three blocks long, there is plenty to do and see:
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• Stroll along the pier observing the boats and yachts. You might see wild horses and birds, as the Rachel Carson Coastal Estuarine Reserve is just across the sound.
• For a closer look at the horses, take a boat or ferry to The Shackleford Banks. There you can also play on the beach and collect seashells.
• Take a lunch or dinner cruise around the sound. You can even tour with pirates.
• Relax and enjoy a cup of tea or a great meal at one of the seaside restaurants.
• Want something more active? Try biking, if you prefer staying on land, or kayaking, if you’d like to see the sights from the water. You can even choose to get a view from the sky by hang gliding.
• For something more educational, go to the North Carolina Maritime Museum. There you will see a variety of maritime artifacts including artifacts from Blackbeard’s “Queen Anne’s Revenge”, which ran aground near Beaufort in 1718.
• If you’re lucky, you may get to learn about boat building and witness master shipwrights at work.
• Shop, shop, shop! There’s everything from jewelry and clothing to art and kites. A place I found especially interesting was the Olive Oil Shop. Completely unexpected! There you can sample a myriad of flavored oils and artisan salts and vinegars.