Found on the Southern Outer Banks, Emerald Isle is the perfect escape when you’re looking to enjoy a bit of rest and relaxation. Whether you’re visiting for a girls’ getaway or a family summer vacation, this coastal town has something for everyone, including fantastic vacation homes from Sun-Surf Realty. One of the best parts of a vacation is exploring, including embarking on day trips. During your Emerald Isle escape, plan a visit to explore all the things to do in nearby Beaufort, NC.
What to Do on Your Adventure to Beaufort
It takes around 40 minutes to drive from Emerald Isle to Beaufort, making it a doable distance for a day trip. As the third-oldest town in the state, this charming town is filled with quaint shops, fascinating museums, and fantastic views.
Museums and Historical Sites
Beaufort is home to one of three state maritime museums. The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort houses artifacts from Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne Revenge. The nearby Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center is home to the museum’s boat-building facility.
Take a step back in time by wandering around the Beaufort Historic Site. The two-acre site features six authentically resorted buildings. Book your spot on a guided tour to learn about life in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Shopping in Beaufort
Downtown Beaufort is filled with quaint shops just waiting for you to wander inside. You’ll find everything from boutique gift shops to book stores and jewelers. Explore shops like Shack Shoppe, Salty Mermaids Boutique, Scuttlebutt Nautical Books and Bounty, and The General Store to find the ideal keepsake or gift.
There are plenty of options if you’re looking for adventures that’ll have you soaking in the North Carolina sunshine.
- Kayak in Taylor’s Creek
- Take a ferry to Shackleford Banks or Cape Lookout National Seashore
- Go fishing with a local guide
- Explore the Rachel Carson Coastal Estuarine Reserve
- Go for a picturesque boat cruise
Become an Explorer on Your North Carolina Getaway
The adventures are endless when you visit Emerald Isle, from exploring things to do in a nearby town like Beaufort, NC, or cruising around on a boat rental. At the end of every fun-filled day, relax in comfort in your vacation rental from Sun-Surf Realty. With over 200 vacation rentals throughout Emerald Isle to choose from, we have your perfect home away from home. Our inventory includes pet-friendly accommodations, oceanfront properties, cozy condos, and more. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff can help you determine which rental fits your needs. Give us a call at 800-553-7873.