As with practically every other town in the area, you'll reach Beaufort via US-70, which runs through the middle of the town before turning north toward [[Atlantic]].
*The '''Beaufort waterfront''' was revitalized in the 1970s, and now boasts a wooden boardwalk by the water's edge, and lots of gift shops and restaurants. Across the waterfront, you can often see wild ponies roaming Carrot Island.
*The '''North Carolina Maritime Museum''', 315 Front Street, +1-252-728-7317, [http://www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/maritime/]. Open M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM; closed around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.
Features exhibits on the area's maritime history, artefacts recovered from the wreck of Blackbearks ''Queen Anne's Revenge'', local fossils, various types of watercraft, commercial fishing, waterfowl hunting and decoys, coastal marine life including venomous snakes, a model-ship-making shop, and much more. Boatbuilding classes are offered throughout the year. Free.
*'''Fly fishing''' is becoming a favorite local sport.
*'''Aqua''', 114 Middle Lane, +1-252-728-7777, [http://www.aquaexperience.com/]. Open for lunch Tu-F 11:30AM-2PM; and dinner Tu-Sa from 5:30PM. Fresh seasonal food inspired by Spanish tapas. ($4 - $12 per "little bite".)
*'''Front Street Grill at Stillwater''', 300 Front Street, +1-252-728-4956, [http://www.frontstreetgrillatstillwater.com/]. A waterfront restaurant with excellent views of Taylor's Creek and Carrot Island. Raw and baked oysters, gourmet appetizers and salads, and entrees with an emphasis on seafood. (Entrees range from $9.95 - $30.95.)
*'''Net House Restaurant''', 133 Turner Street, +1-252-728-2002. Hours vary by season. Arguably the best seafood restaurant in Beaufort, offering it steamed, broiled and lightly fried. Try the Down East clam chowder and their famous Key lime pie. $11.50 - $17.50.
*'''The Sandbar Restaurant and Tiki Bar''', 232 W Beaufort Road, +1-252-504-7263, restaurant and tiki bar. Open daily for lunch and dinner; closed Sundays during the off season. Great views enable diners to watch the fishing boats and spectacular sunsets in the Caribbean-style outdoor bar. Live bands perform on weekends.
Further afield, there are some interesting destinations for daytrips:
* '''[[Havelock]]''', about 30 minutes north on US-70.
* '''[[New Bern]]''', about 1 hour north on US-70.
* '''[[Jacksonville (North Carolina)|Jacksonville]]''', about 1 hour west on US-24.
* '''[[Bath (North Carolina)|Bath]]''', about 3 hours north.
* '''[[Ocracoke|Ocracoke Island]]''', about 3 hours east.
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