One of the best places to learn about Coastal North Carolina’s maritime history is at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Then see that maritime history come to life at the museum’s Watercraft Center, that sits just across the street on Taylor Creek. This working boatbuilding facility showcases the art and skill of traditional North Carolina wooden boatbuilding where visitors and locals alike can watch the builders, and even take boatbuilding courses that are offered throughout the year.
Need to plan an event? The Harvey Smith Watercraft Center is also a picture-perfect spot for hosting weddings and special events in Beaufort. From business meetings and weddings to anniversaries and holiday parties, this unique venue offers enough space and flexibility to accommodate groups small to large. And it’s a great way to support the maritime culture and history of the area.
The Harborside Park Deck is an open-air venue located next to the Watercraft Center, and can be rented along with the center, although availability must be confirmed. The deck offers a wonderful outdoor event experience with the Taylor Creek waterfront as the backdrop.