The Best Things to See and Do – Visit Beaufort, North Carolina

North Carolina’s Crystal Coasts holds several beautiful cities, but Beaufort is one that you just can’t miss. It gives you unparalleled access to the water, unique shops with local crafts, and delicious fresh seafood, all with the small-town backdrop that will make you feel right at home. This picturesque city is just a short drive from the other cities of the Crystal Coast, making it a great central location if you’re looking to take a day trip on your vacation. Read on to discover just a bit about what makes Beaufort so unbelievable.

Aerial view of Cape Lookout Lighthouse in Beaufort, NC

What to Do

Don’t let the laid-back atmosphere fool you; there is plenty to see and do in Beaufort. Your first stop should be Front Street, where you can experience a truly scenic haven that’s both relaxing and exciting. The historic sites are great for the whole family to learn while having fun, and you can look out over the water for a phenomenal view. You’ll also find countless restaurants and shops, making it easy for you to spend a whole day soaking up the scene.

To get a true feel for the water, take a ferry ride! You can explore the Cape Lookout Lighthouse or the Shackleford Banks to get a unique look at the incredible landscape. Stretch out on the clean beaches, try to catch a fish from the shore, or learn about the Spanish explorers that once roamed the land. Ferry rides are a great way to enjoy the view while being transported to some of the most picturesque spots in North Carolina.

What to See

There’s no better way to witness the beauty of Beaufort than by taking a historic walking tour. You’ll get to see all of the most interesting sites in the city, from the Old Burying Ground to the Carteret County Courthouse and more. The Beaufort Historical Association hosts many walking tours, led by experienced guides who know all the inside scoop on Beaufort’s history. Of course, you can go solo and take the city at your own pace. The Beaufort Historic Site is a good place to start, as you can wander through nine buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.

One incredible aspect of Atlantic Beach vacations is the unique wildlife that inhabits the area. At the Rachel Carson Coastal Estuarine Reserve, you’ll get up close to more than 200 species of birds and other magnificent animals. With over 2,000 undeveloped acres, this reserve is home to creatures like river otters, bottlenose dolphins, wild horses, and so much more! Conveniently located near downtown Beaufort, this stop is just a short trip from many of our Beaufort vacation rentals.

The Dock House Restaurant is a local favorite in Beaufort, NC

Where to Eat

While you’re in Beaufort, you have to indulge in the delectable food! The Dock House Restaurant has been a local favorite since 1978, where you can enjoy dinner with a view while listening to live music. Head to the Historic District for a more luxurious upper-casual dining experience at Moonrakers, or check out Happy Hour at the Royal James Café.

There are also lots of bakeries and cafes where you can relax and enjoy a treat. The Beaufort Coffee Shop is great for breakfast or dessert, or browse the handmade crafts while sipping your coffee at The Accidental Bakery & More. No matter what you’re in the mood for, Beaufort has a restaurant to satisfy!

Beaufort waterfront vacation rental

Where to Stay

We are proud to have several magnificent Atlantic Beach vacation rentals right in the heart of Beaufort. Our properties feature amenities like flat-screen TVs, WiFi, full kitchens, ample outdoor space, and close proximity to the best attractions. “America’s Coolest Small Town” of Beaufort should be a must-see stop on your Crystal Coast journey. Contact us today for more information on our properties rentals and the special city of Beaufort.