Beaufort, NC., was established in 1709 and is the third oldest town in North Carolina. Beaufort boasts that old-world, southern charm. It was recently voted “America’s Favorite Town” by Travel + Leisure because of its cultivating history, quaint waterfront shops, and casual to world-class dining. Whether it’s a family vacation or a romantic getaway you are looking for, Beaufort is the town for you.

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a historic home on the Beaufort historic site

BEAUFORT HISTORIC SITE: Located in the heart of this historic district is the Beaufort Historic Site. Step back into time to the 18th and 19th centuries while exploring this 2-acre site. Enjoy a guided tour and don’t miss the Old Burying Ground holding fascinating stories about Beaufort’s 300-year-old history!

Wooden MenhadenmShip at the NC Maritime Museum

MARITIME MUSEUM: The NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort reflects coastal life and interprets lighthouse and lifesaving stations, the seafood industry, motorboats, and more.  You’ll find artifacts from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge and so much more. 


Exterior shot of Clawson's Restaurant in Beaufort NC

CLAWSON’S 1905 RESTAURANT AND PUB: This local favorite is believed to be the oldest building in Beaufort. Clawson’s homemade kitchen is known for featuring dishes like killer shrimp and grits, fresh seafood, certified Angus beef burgers, and our variety of “Pub Food,” fresh sandwiches and salads, and desserts.

Boats docked at the Beaufort Waterfront

BEAUFORT WATERFRONT: Locals love the Beaufort Waterfront and you will, too! Take a stroll along the waterfront and window shop from one charming boutique to the next. Be sure to stop into The General Store and grab some hand-dipped ice cream. Later, relish in it all with cocktails and award-winning seafood overlooking the water at sunset. 

The Beaufort Red Double Decker Bus in action touring

DOUBLE DECKER BUS TOUR: Take the Double Decker Bus Tour and see Beaufort’s historic district from atop the 1967 English double-decker bus! Local narrators tell tales of Beaufort’s rich past of pirates, star-crossed lovers, and Confederate spies. It’s a thrill for locals and visitors alike. 

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