Explore Beaufort, NC
Voted #1 Favorite Small Town by Travel + Leisure readers!
Beaufort, North Carolina is situated about 20 miles from Emerald Isle. The town’s unique charm and rich history make it one of the Crystal Coast’s most popular towns to visit. It was also named one of America’s Coolest Small Towns by Budget Travel voters!
With its amazing waterfront views, historic homes, great fishing and abundance of outdoor activities, it’s easy to see why visitors are so drawn to this picturesque area.
Things to Do in Beaufort
Beaufort, NC is the third-oldest town in the state and known for its rich maritime history, which dates back 300 years. Stroll the waterfront in downtown Beaufort and enjoy the amazing views of vessels going in and out of the harbor as you browse unique coastal shops and boutique gift shops. Stop for a drink or a bite to eat at one of the charming restaurants that line the waterfront.
Learn more about the town’s storied past on a tour through colonial homes and buildings that date back to the 1700s at Beaufort Historic Site. Or see relics from the Queen Anne’s Revenge, Blackbeard’s original ship that was uncovered just off Beaufort Inlet, at the NC Maritime Museum.
Surrounded by water in nearly every direction, Beaufort is a mariner’s paradise. Whether you prefer dropping a kayak into Taylor’s Creek for an afternoon of exploration or venturing out for a big catch in deeper waters on one of the local fishing charters, you’re sure to find something for everyone. Beaufort is also only a 20-minute boat or ferry ride away from Shackleford Banks and 45 minutes from Cape Lookout Lighthouse, where days are spent fishing, shelling, swimming and looking to catch a glimpse of the infamous wild banker horses that roam the barrier islands.
Beaufort is a must-see and will add many unique experiences to your coastal adventure.