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Guidebook: Swansboro and Area

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Guidebook: Swansboro and Area

Shopping
Organic, gluten free, dairy free, local produce, meats, local crafts, other unique items. Fun place to shop and super nice owners. Hosts the Western Carteret Farmers Market every other Saturday and has added an Arts and Crafts on alternate Saturdays to assist local artisans during Covid19. Closed Wednesdays and Sunday morning through 12pm.
The Market at Cedar Point
1046 Cedar Point Blvd
Organic, gluten free, dairy free, local produce, meats, local crafts, other unique items. Fun place to shop and super nice owners. Hosts the Western Carteret Farmers Market every other Saturday and has added an Arts and Crafts on alternate Saturdays to assist local artisans during Covid19. Closed Wednesdays and Sunday morning through 12pm.
Eclectic custom clothing, accessories, home decor, local art, and many other items. Check Facebook page for day, hours, updates. 2nd store recently opened in Atlantic Beach.
Boro Girl
1036 Cedar Point Blvd
Eclectic custom clothing, accessories, home decor, local art, and many other items. Check Facebook page for day, hours, updates. 2nd store recently opened in Atlantic Beach.
Opened in October 2018. The main store in Kinston has been a "must stop" for those traveling to the coast (fishing, hunting gear, other outdoor items, gifts) for many years. Opened daily, check hours online but usually open by 7am. Fishing, camping, other outdoor items, clothing, gifts. Great store.
Neuse Sport Shop
1021 Cedar Point Blvd
Opened in October 2018. The main store in Kinston has been a "must stop" for those traveling to the coast (fishing, hunting gear, other outdoor items, gifts) for many years. Opened daily, check hours online but usually open by 7am. Fishing, camping, other outdoor items, clothing, gifts. Great store.
Eclectic business provide wine, essential oils, plant based herbal supplements, natural remedies and cheeses and other items. Christina is also a talented photographer and hairstylist. Opening hours may vary. Check Facebook page for updates.
Christina's A Wine Boutique
915 Cedar Point Boulevard
Eclectic business provide wine, essential oils, plant based herbal supplements, natural remedies and cheeses and other items. Christina is also a talented photographer and hairstylist. Opening hours may vary. Check Facebook page for updates.
Food Scene
Eclectic modern American menu, with consistently good food. Open for lunch or dinner (brunch on Sunday), dine-in, online ordering and pick up available. Check website, Facebook to confirm days, hours. Nice atmosphere, also outside seating. $$-$$$
The Boro Restaurant & Bar
109 Front Street
Eclectic modern American menu, with consistently good food. Open for lunch or dinner (brunch on Sunday), dine-in, online ordering and pick up available. Check website, Facebook to confirm days, hours. Nice atmosphere, also outside seating. $$-$$$
Great place for lunch or dinner (on water) after wandering around New Bern. Lovely historic town, lots of local art and antiques. $$-$$$
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Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant
100 Pollock St
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Great place for lunch or dinner (on water) after wandering around New Bern. Lovely historic town, lots of local art and antiques. $$-$$$
Amazing food, wonderful views, our favorite and best restaurant on Crystal Coast. Hours vary based on season, may close during winter. Reservations recommended. $$-$$$
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City Kitchen
232 West Beaufort Road
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Amazing food, wonderful views, our favorite and best restaurant on Crystal Coast. Hours vary based on season, may close during winter. Reservations recommended. $$-$$$
Wonderful food, small, great atmosphere Reservations recommended. $$-$$$
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Full Circle Cafe
708 Evans St
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Wonderful food, small, great atmosphere Reservations recommended. $$-$$$
God mediterranean food and open 7 days a week. Take out or eat in, wine and beer available. $-$$
Olea Mediterranean Kitchen
674 W Corbett Ave
God mediterranean food and open 7 days a week. Take out or eat in, wine and beer available. $-$$
Opened in 2017, large restaurant and bar, friendly staff, reasonably good BBQ and fried seafood. Closed Sundays, opens 11am through 9:00pm remainder of week. Eat in or take out. $-$$
Jordan's Smokehouse & Seafood
129 Phillips Loop Rd
Opened in 2017, large restaurant and bar, friendly staff, reasonably good BBQ and fried seafood. Closed Sundays, opens 11am through 9:00pm remainder of week. Eat in or take out. $-$$
Located just across EI bridge on left hand side. Opened for dinner Monday - Saturday (check website, Facebook to confirm days, hours) modern American seafood. Reservations recommended for restaurant. $$$-$$$$ Note: Torpedo Lounge is temporarily closed.
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Caribsea
8921 Crew Dr
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Located just across EI bridge on left hand side. Opened for dinner Monday - Saturday (check website, Facebook to confirm days, hours) modern American seafood. Reservations recommended for restaurant. $$$-$$$$ Note: Torpedo Lounge is temporarily closed.
Opened year round for lunch and dinner, reasonable prices and good basic food. Online ordering available. $-$$
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Rucker Johns Restaurant
8700 Emerald Drive
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Opened year round for lunch and dinner, reasonable prices and good basic food. Online ordering available. $-$$
We think the best breakfast in the area. Always busy during summer. Go early or sit at the bar. $-$$
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Grumpy's
907 Arendell St
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We think the best breakfast in the area. Always busy during summer. Go early or sit at the bar. $-$$
Good pizza. Call ahead and pick up. Located just over EI bridge and first street on right. $-$$
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Lazzara's Pizza & Subs
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Good pizza. Call ahead and pick up. Located just over EI bridge and first street on right. $-$$
Located next to Walmart. Excellent BBQ, fried chicken and seafood, other fixings. Drive through available. Opens 10:30am daily. $-$$
Moore's BBQ
1102 Hammock Beach Rd
Located next to Walmart. Excellent BBQ, fried chicken and seafood, other fixings. Drive through available. Opens 10:30am daily. $-$$
Large menu, nightly specials. Food overall consistently good. Busy in summer. Upstairs bar, atmosphere is a bit bland. Open daily at 4pm for dinner. $$-$$$.
Riverside Steak & Seafood
506 West Corbett Avenue
Large menu, nightly specials. Food overall consistently good. Busy in summer. Upstairs bar, atmosphere is a bit bland. Open daily at 4pm for dinner. $$-$$$.
Popular large restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Food is reasonably good and many people go to eat the appetizers. The house pimento cheese is a favorite. Diverse and large menu. Closed Wednesday, dine in or take out, or order online. Check website for current days, hours. $-$$$ A market shop is also open for take out pre-packaged items.
Swansboro Food & Beverage Co.
106 Front St
Popular large restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Food is reasonably good and many people go to eat the appetizers. The house pimento cheese is a favorite. Diverse and large menu. Closed Wednesday, dine in or take out, or order online. Check website for current days, hours. $-$$$ A market shop is also open for take out pre-packaged items.
Water view/dining from screened deck. Reasonable food. Open daily for lunch and dinner and brunch Friday through Sunday. Check Facebook for currently days, hours, updates. $$-$$$
Saltwater Grill
99 West Church Street
Water view/dining from screened deck. Reasonable food. Open daily for lunch and dinner and brunch Friday through Sunday. Check Facebook for currently days, hours, updates. $$-$$$
Opened early 2019, serving desserts, sandwiches, wine and specialty drinks. Check Facebook page for days and hours. Located at 118 Front Street. Nicely updated historic location, great atmosphere. Worth a visit.
Sweet Edventure's Dessert Bar
118 Front St
Opened early 2019, serving desserts, sandwiches, wine and specialty drinks. Check Facebook page for days and hours. Located at 118 Front Street. Nicely updated historic location, great atmosphere. Worth a visit.
Sister restaurant of The Boro. The Low Country ordering window is located on Front St. Outside seating only. Fresh seafood. low county boils, sandwiches. Tuesday-Sunday 12pm to 8pm. $$-$$$
Boro Low Country Kitchen
101 Moore St
Sister restaurant of The Boro. The Low Country ordering window is located on Front St. Outside seating only. Fresh seafood. low county boils, sandwiches. Tuesday-Sunday 12pm to 8pm. $$-$$$
Mexican street food influenced by the Jalisco and Michoacán regions of Mexico. Dine in, take out, and ordering on-line available. Located in an older strip mall, the atmosphere is a bit bland but tacos and other items are consistently good. Online ordering available. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. $-$$
El Cerro Tacos 2
714-10 West Corbett Avenue
Mexican street food influenced by the Jalisco and Michoacán regions of Mexico. Dine in, take out, and ordering on-line available. Located in an older strip mall, the atmosphere is a bit bland but tacos and other items are consistently good. Online ordering available. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. $-$$
Sushi, hibachi other asian specialties. Always busy. Food is consistent and reasonably good. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, dine in, take out. $-$$
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Bamboo Asian House
918 W Corbett Ave
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Sushi, hibachi other asian specialties. Always busy. Food is consistent and reasonably good. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, dine in, take out. $-$$
Open from 7am to 3pm daily. Great for a quick breakfast after an early morning walk at The Point. Handcrafted sandwiches, food, beer and wine.
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The Village Market
7802 Emerald Dr
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Open from 7am to 3pm daily. Great for a quick breakfast after an early morning walk at The Point. Handcrafted sandwiches, food, beer and wine.
Opened spring 2020, wood fire pizza oven. Individual size pizzas, pasta, salad and dessert. Owned by Olea family. Dine in or take out. $-$$
Pizza Forno
810 West Corbett Avenue
Opened spring 2020, wood fire pizza oven. Individual size pizzas, pasta, salad and dessert. Owned by Olea family. Dine in or take out. $-$$
Great for a beer and sandwich and often has live music during the weekend. Opens at 11am Wednesday through Sunday. Closing time does vary and may be as early as 5pm to as late as 10pm. Check Facebook or call for updates. $-$$
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Church Street Deli & Irish Pub
105 West Church Street
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Great for a beer and sandwich and often has live music during the weekend. Opens at 11am Wednesday through Sunday. Closing time does vary and may be as early as 5pm to as late as 10pm. Check Facebook or call for updates. $-$$
Delicious breakfast bagels, baked on-site: plain, flavored cream cheese, platters, sandwiches. Also sells bakery items from The Market Baker. $
Giovanni's Brooklyn Bagels
9106 Coast Guard Road
Delicious breakfast bagels, baked on-site: plain, flavored cream cheese, platters, sandwiches. Also sells bakery items from The Market Baker. $
One of the original Emerald Isle restaurants. Martini bar is popular with visitors. Good food. $$-$$$
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Kathryn's Bistro & Martini Bar
8002 Emerald Dr
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One of the original Emerald Isle restaurants. Martini bar is popular with visitors. Good food. $$-$$$
Good food, open for lunch an dinner on the waterfront at Morehead City. A good place to stop for lunch after a trip to the aquarium. $-$$
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Ruddy Duck Tavern
509 Evans Street
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Good food, open for lunch an dinner on the waterfront at Morehead City. A good place to stop for lunch after a trip to the aquarium. $-$$
Restaurant relocated from Okracoke in 2020. Open Tuesday through Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outdoor seating. Overall good food. $$$-$$$$
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Gaffer's
1050 Irvin Garrish Highway
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Restaurant relocated from Okracoke in 2020. Open Tuesday through Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Outdoor seating. Overall good food. $$$-$$$$
Opened in 2019 for casual food. Closes off season and open currently Thursday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Good reviews and an EI favorite. Check website or Facebook page for current days, hours. $-$$
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Fish Hut Grill
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Opened in 2019 for casual food. Closes off season and open currently Thursday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Good reviews and an EI favorite. Check website or Facebook page for current days, hours. $-$$
Opened in 2020 with American Contemporary food. Small with outdoor dining, reservations recommended. Food is excellent as are the wines. Check Facebook page for days, hours. $$-$$$
Bahia Beach House & Surf Bar
208 West Drive
Opened in 2020 with American Contemporary food. Small with outdoor dining, reservations recommended. Food is excellent as are the wines. Check Facebook page for days, hours. $$-$$$
Essentials
Closest supermarket. Updated in 2018 and enlarged.
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Lowes Foods of Cape Carteret
321 WB McLean Drive
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Closest supermarket. Updated in 2018 and enlarged.
Best local seafood
Clyde Phillips Seafood MKT
104 East Corbett Avenue
Best local seafood
Closest pharmacy
Walgreens
201 WB McLean Dr
Closest pharmacy
Opened 2018. Nice store, less expensive than Lowes for groceries.
Walmart Supercenter
1109 W Corbett Ave
Opened 2018. Nice store, less expensive than Lowes for groceries.
A mix of vendors (market, produce, baked goods, other, seafood) with limited hours. Local seafood available Wednesday through Sunday.
Salty Air Open Market
307 Cedar Point Blvd
A mix of vendors (market, produce, baked goods, other, seafood) with limited hours. Local seafood available Wednesday through Sunday.
Sightseeing
Excellent for walking tours. Lovely historic homes (see walking map in cottage) quaint shops, restaurants.
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Swansboro
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Excellent for walking tours. Lovely historic homes (see walking map in cottage) quaint shops, restaurants.
Beautiful gardens, historic buildings, National History Museum with interactive exhibits. Worth a visit if you are planning to go to New Bern. Gardens are open, limited opening of palace due to CV19, see website (Hours of Operation) for detail. NC History Center is open Monday - Saturday.
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Governor’s Palace | Tryon Palace
529 South Front Street
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Beautiful gardens, historic buildings, National History Museum with interactive exhibits. Worth a visit if you are planning to go to New Bern. Gardens are open, limited opening of palace due to CV19, see website (Hours of Operation) for detail. NC History Center is open Monday - Saturday.
About 21 miles/37 minutes drive from cottage. This is a lovely aquarium, nice exhibits and daily events. Open, required advance ticket purchase only (no tickets sold at door). See website for details.
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North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
1 Roosevelt Boulevard
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About 21 miles/37 minutes drive from cottage. This is a lovely aquarium, nice exhibits and daily events. Open, required advance ticket purchase only (no tickets sold at door). See website for details.
Beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Great place to go in the morning to walk the beach (Station Street public parking only). Go early as parking is limited and location is busy.
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The Point
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Beautiful sunsets and sunrises. Great place to go in the morning to walk the beach (Station Street public parking only). Go early as parking is limited and location is busy.
Sunset cruises around Swansboro, White Oak, Hammocks Beach State Park in the Lady Swan. Custom tours available also trips on their Carolina Swan (27' Carolina Skiff) to barrier islands ~$10-15 per person. See website or call for details.
Lady Swan Boat Tours
139 Front St
Sunset cruises around Swansboro, White Oak, Hammocks Beach State Park in the Lady Swan. Custom tours available also trips on their Carolina Swan (27' Carolina Skiff) to barrier islands ~$10-15 per person. See website or call for details.
Other Activities
Exercise locations, multi-purpose shops, bars
Great place to visit anytime of the day or evening, also their sister store Willy Nilly Warehouse. Gifts, coffee, ice cream, draft beer and wine by the glass. Nice view from back deck of intracoastal waterway.
Bake Bottle & Brew
147 Front Street
Great place to visit anytime of the day or evening, also their sister store Willy Nilly Warehouse. Gifts, coffee, ice cream, draft beer and wine by the glass. Nice view from back deck of intracoastal waterway.
Lots of classes (yoga, spin, pilates, aerobics and so on) and Ron's gym. Also has a salt water pool. Can pay for a 10 visit pass, or by visit. Busy late afternoon and early morning. Has opened and following mandated CV19 requirements.
The GYM@Cape Carteret Aquatic Center
300 Taylor Notion Rd
Lots of classes (yoga, spin, pilates, aerobics and so on) and Ron's gym. Also has a salt water pool. Can pay for a 10 visit pass, or by visit. Busy late afternoon and early morning. Has opened and following mandated CV19 requirements.
Wonderful yoga classes, spa and wellness classes. Drop ins and beginners welcome. Open 7 days a week, check website for classes.
Mandala Yoga Center
208 Main St Ext
Wonderful yoga classes, spa and wellness classes. Drop ins and beginners welcome. Open 7 days a week, check website for classes.
Popular bar in Cape Carteret. Uses iPourit system for beer, also serves wine, and liquor. Open 7 days a week and will provide shuttle service to and from the bar. Family friendly, large outdoor patio. Food trucks on Friday - Sunday.
34° North Bar
1106 Cedar Point Boulevard
Popular bar in Cape Carteret. Uses iPourit system for beer, also serves wine, and liquor. Open 7 days a week and will provide shuttle service to and from the bar. Family friendly, large outdoor patio. Food trucks on Friday - Sunday.
Popular bar for craft beer open 7 days a week. Food trucks and live music. See Facebook page for details.
Treehouse Beer Company
911 Cedar Point Blvd
Popular bar for craft beer open 7 days a week. Food trucks and live music. See Facebook page for details.
Local distillery for white whisky, malt whiskey, gin and vodka. Tours available. See website for days, hour and tour detail.
Bogue Sound Distillery
108 Bogue Commercial Dr
Local distillery for white whisky, malt whiskey, gin and vodka. Tours available. See website for days, hour and tour detail.
Entertainment & Activities
Local and fishing
Opened by Bobby Watson in 2015. Races every couple of weeks during season also motor museum, memorabilia. Worth a visit if interested in Nascar. Check website for when open.
Carteret County Speedway
501 Whitehouse Fork Rd
Opened by Bobby Watson in 2015. Races every couple of weeks during season also motor museum, memorabilia. Worth a visit if interested in Nascar. Check website for when open.
Ron's favorite deep sea fishing boat for Gulf Stream trips. 1/2 day, full day and 24 hour trips available. Go to website for details also special events. Note: Due to limited number of passengers (CV19 requirements), make your reservations a week or 2 in advance.
Carolina Princess
604 Evans Street
Ron's favorite deep sea fishing boat for Gulf Stream trips. 1/2 day, full day and 24 hour trips available. Go to website for details also special events. Note: Due to limited number of passengers (CV19 requirements), make your reservations a week or 2 in advance.
Fishing supplies, fishing guides/charters, kayak, SUP rentals, tours, sightseeing boat trips and nature tours (dolphins, other). Two locations: The Corbett Street locations is the main store (kayak rentals, boat charters, and so on) and a smaller store 'The Shops on Front Street' for retail shopping only.
Pogies Fishing Center
107 Front St
Fishing supplies, fishing guides/charters, kayak, SUP rentals, tours, sightseeing boat trips and nature tours (dolphins, other). Two locations: The Corbett Street locations is the main store (kayak rentals, boat charters, and so on) and a smaller store 'The Shops on Front Street' for retail shopping only.
Parks and Recreation
The mainland park and offices are open. Check the Park website for any updates and to confirm ferry times. Wonderful for fishing, shelling or for a beachside lunch.
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Hammocks Beach State Park
1572 Hammocks Beach Road
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The mainland park and offices are open. Check the Park website for any updates and to confirm ferry times. Wonderful for fishing, shelling or for a beachside lunch.
Great spot to sit with a sandwich from Church Street Deli and watch the boats on the intracoastal waterway, dolphins and birds.
Ward Shore Park
413 S Water St
Great spot to sit with a sandwich from Church Street Deli and watch the boats on the intracoastal waterway, dolphins and birds.
The Tideland National Recreation Trail meanders through the salt marsh and its adjoining forest. Two loop trails: 0.6 miles through salt marsh, and 1.3 mile loop follows the edge of the White Oak River. Excellent for spotting birds and other wildlife. Located located at the Cedar Point Campground which is off NC 58 about 1.5 miles north of the junction of NC 24 and NC 58. See website for more details.
Cedar Point Tideland Trailhead parking area
The Tideland National Recreation Trail meanders through the salt marsh and its adjoining forest. Two loop trails: 0.6 miles through salt marsh, and 1.3 mile loop follows the edge of the White Oak River. Excellent for spotting birds and other wildlife. Located located at the Cedar Point Campground which is off NC 58 about 1.5 miles north of the junction of NC 24 and NC 58. See website for more details.
Fort Macon is a restored Civil War-era fort, a museum-quality coastal education center and an unspoiled shoreline for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing. Beach, trails and restrooms are open. Visitor center open, Exhibit rooms are closed.
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Fort Macon
2303 E Fort Macon Rd
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Fort Macon is a restored Civil War-era fort, a museum-quality coastal education center and an unspoiled shoreline for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing. Beach, trails and restrooms are open. Visitor center open, Exhibit rooms are closed.
A fun day trip with ferry services from Beaufort with Island Express ferry service. Check out website for availability. ATVs available to rent to tour the island. Fishing, shell collecting.
Cape Lookout National Seashore
1800 Island Rd
A fun day trip with ferry services from Beaufort with Island Express ferry service. Check out website for availability. ATVs available to rent to tour the island. Fishing, shell collecting.
The reserve consists of multiple small islands and marshes and and is accessed from Beaufort using Island Ferry services. Popular for bird watching (many migratory birds) and also to view the wild horses.
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Rachel Carson Reserve
Front Street
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The reserve consists of multiple small islands and marshes and and is accessed from Beaufort using Island Ferry services. Popular for bird watching (many migratory birds) and also to view the wild horses.