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From sun-loving beach tours to tours that take visitors to the Crystal Coast's historic landmarks and attractions, no one lacks for things to do while visiting our area. Guided and self-guided tours of major attractions are a popular recreational activity here, as there is lots to explore be it on your own or with a guide.

Ghostwalks are also offered for those who like a little thrill while exploring the tales of people and places gone by.

AAA Adventures of the Crystal Coast- Crystal Coast Lady Cruises

Beaufort's Premiere cruising fleet offering daily sightseeing tours on the M/V Crystal Coast Lady and M/V Shackleford Lady.

The 75’ M/V Crystal Coast Lady is the largest, most comfortable super cruiser in Beaufort! She features the areas only large fully enclosed top deck that is able to be customized to fit every occasion.  This yacht is also equipped with state of the art electronics (GPS, Fish Finders, Sound and Lighting systems), kids steering station, and a giant bow viewing area that enables guests to walk out over the water, taking large group photos or intimate portraits.  On board amenities include: a fully stocked galley with full ABC permits and two restrooms.  From ½ day family fishing to dolphin and pony watching, Lunch Cruises and Dinner Cruises, the M/V Crystal Coast Lady will provide your group with an experience to last a lifetime.  This vessel is USCG certified for up to 149 passengers and specializes in customized private charters.

The 40’ M/V Shackleford Lady is the most comfortable, covered catamaran departing from the Beaufort docks and the largest boat to Shackleford Banks! This comfortable, stable catamaran is able to land directly on the island, providing the easiest access to the beach!  On this trip, you will have approximately 1.5 hours to spend relaxing on this beautiful pristine island, shelling or exploring.  Our knowledgeable and friendly Captain and Crew will provide shelling bags if you would like, and assist in identifying items collected during your time on the island.  Bring your camera and keep your eyes peeled for the Wild Shackleford Banks Ponies!

www.crystalcoastlady.com   252-728-8687


View Website 617 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 728-7827
or (252) 728-8687

AAAA Waterbug Tours

See the Historic Beaufort waterfront and the Rachel Carson Reserve up close, aboard the Waterbug our 16 passenger retired USN Captains launch. Enjoy panoramic views of Beaufort’s charming old homes and working waterfront, while learn the history of Beauforts  quaint seaport village. Cruise along the Rachel Carson Reserve in search of Wild Ponies…..It’s common to see Dolphins, Osprey, Pelicans, and Sea Turtles and a variety of other wildlife!

Narrated cruises depart every hour 10:15 am to 5:15 pm. Monday---Saturday. Sunday we start at 11:15 am. (Weather permitting) Adults: $15, Children $8.

“A little History, a little Nature, a lot of fun!”

View Website 326 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 342-3577

AdvenureCALO- Port City Pirates and Ghosts Tour

An interactive pirate guided tour inside of an authentic haunted historic building.  The building has such a haunted reputation, that it has been investigated dozens of times by professional paranormal teams, and their findings have been nothing short of spectacular.  Everyone in your group gets a real swordfighting lesson. You get to help load & fire a working cannon & of course you will hear some of the area’s creepiest ghost stories. This tour is perfect for families & groups – interactive and tons of FUN!! Paranormal experiences can and do happen, so be prepared for anything - bring your camera!


View Website 601-4 Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

(252) 772-9925

Beaufort Historic Site Tours

Tours are led by docents in period dress through anthentically restored dwellings. Tours begin at 10:00 and 11:30 AM, 1:00 and 3:00 PM Monday-Saturday, year round. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children (under 6 free).

View Website 100 Turner Street
Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 728-5225

Cape Lookout Cabins & Camps Ferry Service

Offering vehicle ferry service to South Core Banks and Cape Lookout. 4WD Trucks also available for rent so that you can take as many supplies, coolers, chairs and friends as you like!

View Website 125 Grady Davis Lane
Davis, NC 28524

(252) 729-9751

Cape Lookout Conch Tours

Provides island transportation and historic/eco tours on Cape Lookout National Seashore from the Lighthouse South to Cape Point. Take a ferry over to Cape Lookout from Harkers Island or bring your boat and come for a ride around the barrier island. The service is 15 dollars and that takes you to the cape point, going through the village and giving you a history of the park service, lighthouse and the houses on the island. Schedule with the driver your desired time of return. The tours accept cash on site, or you can pay with credit card at any of the 4 ferry services out of Harkers Island -Calico Jacks -HI Fishing -Cape Pointe -Local Yokel Call 252-732-4578 or [email protected] for more information Please note that this is not a service that is run through the Cape Lookout National Seashore Office.


Carolina Coastal Maritime Adventures

Providing individualized interactive private adventure tours by boat of the Cape Lookout National Seashore, the Carteret County NC Crystal Coast, the Rachael Carson Nature Reserve and local Beaufort and Morehead City waterfronts. Including Shackleford Banks horse observation, dolphin watching, shelling, swimming, scuba diving, picnic and sunset dinner cruises. Creating a lifetime of memories.

View Website 501 Marine Drive
Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 665-2473

Coastal Ecology Sails Aboard Good Fortune

Small groups (6 max.) are offered customized trips for dolphin and turtle watching, shelling, birding and sailing aboard a 41' yacht. Departures are from the Beaufort docks. 2-1/2 hours, half- or full day, sunset.

View Website 500 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 241-6866
or (252) 247-3860

Crystal Coast Air Tours

Located on the southern tip of the Outer Banks in Beaufort, the third oldest town in North Carolina, is the Michael J. Smith Airport. Come experience hospitality at its finest while flying over the beautiful Crystal Coast.

View Website 150 Airport Rd.
Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 728-2323

Crystal Coast Ecotours

Discover hidden natural treasures on personalized tours of the Crystal Coast with Captain Jess Hawkins, 30 years experience as a professional marine biologist in North Carolina(B.S and M.S. degrees). We provide full or half-day adventures exploring barrier islands, shelling, dolphin watching, clamming, wild horse watching, birding, snorkling, seining, crabbing, and fishing.

View Website 112 Hodges Street
Morehead City, NC 28557

(252) 808-3354
or (252) 241-6909

Crystal Coast Ferry Service

Located on the Morehead City waterfront between Jack's & the Carolina Princess.  Plenty of All-Day FREE parking just steps away!

Hourly trips to & Sand Dollar Islands

View Website 201 S. 6th Street
Morehead City, NC 28557


Crystal Coast Helicopters

Providing Helicopter Rides & Custom Tours in The Crystal Coast.

View Website 5962 Hwy 70
Newport, NC 28570


Emerald Isle Adventures, Inc.

Captains Roy and Hunter Heverly both were born and raised fishing the waters around Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast. We offer great family fun as well as hard core fishing trips. Our main goal is to make sure you have a great time and catch fish. We depart from Island Harbor Marina in Emerald Isle which is close to Swansboro, Atlantic Beach, and Beaufort Inlet. Our local waters have great fishing and you don't have to go far to do it.

View Website 510 West Marina Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594

(910) 538-2749

Emerald Isle Surf Shop

3102 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594

(252) 354-8422

Fish'N4Life Charters

Inshore/Backwater fishing and ecology tours. NC Licensed educator Jeff Cronk- 24 years professional experience fishing the Crystal Coast.

View Website 113 Ryan Glenn Drive
Swarnsboro, NC 28584

(252) 764-2174

Fort Macon State Park

NC's most visited state park includes a 19th century Civil War fort, recreation area with lifeguard-protected swimming, bathhouse and picnic area. Civil War reenactments performed in summer months. Join a guided tour of the fort or conduct your own following the guide available at the bookstore. The fort is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and closed Christmas Day. The fort is located on the eastern end of Atlantic Beach.

View Website 901 Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512

(252) 726-3775

Historic Beaufort Double-Decker Bus Tour

Narrated tours of Beaufort's historic district depart from the Beaufort Historic Site April through October on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM and Saturday at 11:00 AM. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children (under 6 free).

View Website 100 Turner Street
Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 728-5225

Hot Wax Surf Shop And Camp

At HOT WAX SURF SHOP we are celebrating our 25th year as a core family owned surf shop with everything you need to surf, including the best instruction on the east coast. Brand name Sportswear, Clothing, Sunglasses, Hats, sandals and Accessories. A large selection of HOT WAX Tees for the entire family starting at only $12.99. Emerald Isle's largest selection of Surfboards, Stand-up Paddleboards, Kayaks, Skimmers, and Body boards, surfboard accessories, sales & repair. Used surf board appraisals are also available. Complete WATERSPORTS rentals, a wide verity of sizes and types to meet your needs. www.hotwaxsurf.com 252-354-6466.

View Website 200 Mallard Street
Emerald Isle, NC 28594

(252) 354-6466

Hungry Town Bike Tours

There’s a side of Beaufort, North Carolina that many people never see.  On the Hidden Beaufort Bike Tour, you’ll learn what makes Beaufort beautiful, historic and, at times, a little different. You'll hear a little of the folk lore that makes Beaufort unique.  You’ll ride off from the beautiful waterfront and make your way through historic streets while your local guide reveals a side of history you won’t get anywhere else.  Get an insider’s perspective on where the locals go to eat and play.   We also offer the Beaufort Lunchbox Tour and the Beaufort Culinary Tour where you’ll hear the inside scoop on the restaurants and the people that make them great.  We’ll pedal through 300 years of Beaufort’s history.  Our easy-going beach cruiser bikes are the coolest way to tour America's coolest small town.

View Website 412 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 648-1011

Island Adventures

Offering service 7 days a week year-round to Bird Shoal, Sand Dollar Island and Carrot Island.

View Website 326 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516


Island Express Ferry Service

View Website 701 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-7433

Lookout Cruises

Lookout Cruises offers daily sailing excursions departing historic Beaufort for up to 42 passengers on a 45-foot catamaran with cushioned seating, plenty of shade and large clean restrooms on board.

View Website Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516


Old Burying Grounds Guided Tour

Regularly scheduled tours are given June through September on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each day at 2:30 pm. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children.

View Website 100 Turner Street
Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 728-5225

Rachel Carson Reserve Self Guided Tours

The Rachel Carson National Estuarine Research Reserve is a nature preserve comprised of five islands and is located across from the historic Beaufort waterfront. The Reserve offers a year-round self- guided walking trail that highlights the diverse habitats found on Town Marsh. Self-guided trail brochures can be obtained by calling the Reserve office. During the spring and summer, walking nature tours and a boat cruise along Taylor's Creek to the Carrot Island boardwalk are available to the public at no-charge. Call 252.838.0883 for tour schedule and reservations.

View Website 101 Pivers Island Road
Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 838-0886

Sandbar Safari Eco-Tours

Sandbar Safari offers you the opportunity to experience the rich ecosystems of the Crystal Coast first hand. Explore the marshes, islands, and sandbars, & catch your own seafood feast of clams, blue crabs and shrimp. Create a custom fit to your needs!

Email: [email protected]

View Website 328 Live Oak Drive
Cape Carteret, NC 28584

(252) 725-4614

Sea Dragon

Sea Dragon roams the inland waters in and around Morehead City. She likes to cruise Beaufort Inlet out to Shackleford Banks, poke around in the salt marshes of the Newport River or visit the Beaufort waterfront. Along the way we may see dolphins playing in the clear blue water, or banker ponies running along the shores of Carrot Island or Shackleford Banks.

Join us for an experience you’ll never forget. We have regularly scheduled cruises departing from the Big Rock dock at the Morehead City waterfront. Or book a custom charter for your group, time and destination of your choosing. Call 252-474-6000 or email [email protected] for more information

View Website Big Rock Dock (405 Evans Street)
Morehead City, NC 28557

(252) 474-6000

Seavisions Charters

Seavisions Charters provides get wet up close and personal eco tours of Cape Lookout, Shackleford Banks and the Rachel Carson Reserve. We tailor our tours to your interests and desires. We offer private tours that accommodate up to six passengers. Seavisions Charters is a Cape Lookout National Seashore authorized commercial use operator.

View Website 503 Courtyard East
Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 732-5794

Southern Air at MRH

Easter Air Tour Special:

Thurs, Apr. 17- Sun., Apr. 20, 2014. If you mention you saw the special on crystalcoastnc.org, we'll give $10.00 off per person on a 45 min or 1 hour air tour.  (Reservations needed and limited space available).


View Website 150 Airport Road
Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 728-2323

The History Place

View Website 1008 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC 28557

(252) 247-7533

Up The Creek Tours, LLC

Up The Creek is a private charter for four to six persons onboard a 32' Grand Banks motor yacht. We offer half, three quarter and full day tours to Shackleford Banks and the Cape Lookout National Seashore as well as Beaufort and Morehead City waterfront cruises and Dolphin Watches. Each tour includes snacks and complimentary beverages. Lunch is provided on three quarter and full day tours. Visit our website for detailed information.

View Website 106 Taylor's Creek Lane
Beaufort, NC 28516

(252) 241-5250
or (252) 504-2500

Waterfront Tour Services

Departs from Portside Marina, Morehead City. Pets may be accommodated, but call first.

209 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557

(252) 726-7678

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