Dive into a wealth of coastal artifacts, folklore, and legendary figures with a visit to the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. Operating as one of three maritime museums along coastal NC, this distinctive site is known for its unique ship-worthy exterior, its vast collection of exhibits that span centuries, and its close ties with the Southern Outer Banks’ most famous resident, Blackbeard the Pirate.

The museum is most famous for its artifacts from Blackbeard’s “Queen Anne’s Revenge,” which ran aground near Beaufort in 1718, and visitors are welcome to see the collection of ancient relics that once belonged to the infamous Edward Teach himself. There’s also plenty more to discover outside the pirate realm, including exhibits dedicated to the local lighthouse and lifesaving stations, the boating and seafood industry, the original natives and early residents, and much more. There’s also a boat building center located on-site - the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center - which teaches boat building skills to students of all ages, as well as a host of special events held throughout the year which range from educational programs to special outings just for kids. With a wide world of legendary history to uncover, the North Carolina Maritime Museum is a must for any Beaufort explorer.

  • Monday9:00am-5:00pm
  • Tuesday9:00am-5:00pm
  • Wednesday9:00am-5:00pm
  • Thursday9:00am-5:00pm
  • Friday9:00am-5:00pm
  • Saturday10:00am-5:00pm
  • Sunday1:00pm-5:00pm
Kitty Hawk Kites Beaufort

Kitty Hawk Kites Beaufort

Kitty Hawk Kites has remodeled and opened its new doors directly on the Beaufort waterfront. This shop offers the leading selection of kites, wind art, toys, t-shirts and apparel, Hobie kayaks, and more. In addition, stop by and make your reservation for one of our new Beaufort adventures:

Rainy Day Activities in Beaufort, NC

Rainy Day Activities in Beaufort, NC

Even a town as sunny as Beaufort can be subjected to the occasional rainy day, but visitors will soon discover that a dreary afternoon is no reason to forego the fun in this small town destination that’s overflowing with on-site and neighboring activities. From cool and educational classes to some of the best eateries in Eastern NC, Beaufort is designed for entertainment inside and out. So if a rainy day happens to coincide with your upcoming Beaufort vacation, use it as an excuse to discover these fascinating and engaging activities that can be effortlessly enjoyed, rain or shine.