Founded in 1709, Beaufort-by-the-sea, is the third oldest town in the state. Originally a Port of Entry and fishing village, Beaufort has a rich maritime history and a charmingly authentic historic feel. The waterfront district along Taylor’s Creek offers visitors the opportunity to dine and shop while enjoying views of feral horses on Carrot Island and boats from all over the world at the Beaufort Docks.
Beaufort is a major boating desitination, and the historic downtown area is easily accessible from the piers and marinas which provide the city's signature nautical feel. Beaufort is home to the North Carolina Maritime Museum, and the city itself is steeped in local lore from the time of Blackbeard on through the present day.
Beaufort is a beautiful town to tour, whether on foot, bike, or even by double decker bus. The town is a monument to the living history of the North Carolina waterfront. The stout of heart can even try out the Beaufort Ghost Walk to visit the legends of spirits from the town's vivid past.
Beaufort is also a great location to begin other adventures, with water ferries available to transport visitors to nearby Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks.
Definitely go explore one of the historic jewels of North Carolina where you will find beautiful tree-lined streets dotted with architectural masterpieces leading your way to the hustle and bustle of shops, restaurants, piers, and marinas which line Taylor Creek.
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