Things to eat, see, and do around Beaufort, NC.

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Places to Eat

34° North Restaurant

Located within the Beaufort hotel, has fantastic outdoor seating with views of Taylor’s Creek and the Rachel Carson Reserve. Serves breakfast (brunch Sat & Sun), lunch, and dinner every day, and has takeout options.

2440 Lennoxville Rd – (252) 838-7250


Full-service restaurant with rooftop dining and bar lounge. Wonderful outdoor dining options right on the historic downtown Beaufort waterfront.

326 Front Street – (252) 838-0083

Turner Street Market

Offering breakfast, coffee, tea, sandwiches, and snacks seven days a week from 7am to 3pm. Delivery available.

133A Turner St – (252) 838-9381

Black Sheep

Brick-oven pizza, sandwiches, salads, and more. Offering outdoor seating on the waterfront as well as take-out.

510 Front St – (252) 269-7272

See the Sights

Fort Macon State Park

A 389-acre park, featuring a fully-restored Antebellum-style fort, with lots to explore. You can tour the fort for free or pick up one of the tours offered throughout the day for a small fee. Within the park, the 3.2-mile loop Elliot Coues Trail provides stunning views of the ocean, sound-side marshes, and old-growth maritime forest.

Shackleford Banks

This barrier island is roughly 8.5-miles long, with lots of beach and marsh to explore. It is part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore and home to a herd of over 100 wild horses.

To get to Shackleford Banks, take the Island Express Ferry from Beaufort. Reservations can be made online or by phone (252) 728-7433.

Cape Lookout National Seashore

56-miles of beach making up one of the few remaining natural barrier island chains in the world. Only accessible by boat, you can explore the beaches in solitude and visit the historic Cape Lookout lighthouse.

To get to Cape Lookout you can take the Island Express Ferry from Harker’s Island. Reservations can be made online or by phone (252) 728-7433.

Things to Do

North Carolina Maritime Museum

Located on the historic downtown Beaufort waterfront, the museum is the official repository for the artifacts from Queen Anne’s Revenge (Blackbeard’s ship), and houses “Life Car” a mini-submarine used to rescue mariners stranded at sea. Across the street is the Watercraft Center, a working boatbuilding facility that showcases the skill and art of traditional wooden boat builders.

315 Front St – (252) 504-7740

Beaufort Ghost Walk

Take a haunted guided tour of Beaufort and hear stories about betrayal, treachery, and tragedy from the Pirate, Colonial, and Civil War eras.

108 Middle Lane – Book online or call (252) 772-9925

Beaufort Historic Site

Originally a fishing village and port of safety from the late 1600’s, Beaufort approximately 150 restored historic homes and buildings around town. The Old Burial Grounds, located on the 400 block of Ann St, is the town’s oldest cemetery established in the early 1700’s (check out the free self-guided audio tour available on the site). Guided historic tours are available for a small fee, make sure to request a tour at least a day in advance!

100 Block Turner St – (252) 728-5225