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Crystal Coast History

Historically speaking, the Crystal Coast is absolutely fascinating. Not only was it one of Blackbeard the Pirate’s favorite destinations for pillaging, it was also the home of a major Civil War battle and countless shipwrecks that led to its “Graveyard of the Atlantic” nickname. If you’re a history buff, take a look at some of the tours listed below. They’re a great way to engage with the amazing history that thrives here on the Crystal Coast.

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

Adventure CALO- Port City Pirates & 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 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.


Core Sound Waterfowl Museum

View Website 1785 Island Road
Harkers Island, NC 28531

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

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

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

The History Place

View Website 1008 Arendell St.
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 247-7533

Visitor Guides

Visitor's Guide
Boating, Fishing & Water Sports Guide