Historic Beaufort North Carolina

      Beaufort, NC, USA

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      349 reviews
      May 4, 2022
      Group size: 30 - 44
      Historic Beaufort North Carolina
      Beaufort, NC, USA

      • Email address verified
      349 reviews

      May 4, 2022
      Group size: 30 - 44

      About this trip


      Spend the day in North Carolina’s third oldest town that lies on the coast bordering the southern tip of the Outer Banks, 2 1/2 hours north of Leland.  Beaufort may be small but offers so many ways to spend the day so this trip begins with a Double-Decker bus tour to get acquainted with the history and architectural gems in the historic district. Following the tour, enjoy lunch and browsing the unique shops and art galleries along the waterfront. History lovers will enjoy time in the Maritime Museum rich with coastal exhibits such as artifacts from the wreck of Blackbeard’s ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge.  The exhibit featuring early life saving techniques used in the dangerous seas is fascinating!   An optional afternoon Nature Cruise of the Rachel Carson Reserve will be offered with the focus on searching for wild horses and dolphin.

      Vaccination requirement

      Please note that proof of vaccination is required for bus travel with Trips by Patty.  You will receive an email requesting a picture of the vaccination card via text or email prior to the trip.  OR you can present your card prior to boarding the bus.  

      What’s included

      • Bus transportation
        Luxury 56 passenger coach
      • Historic Tour
        Narrated historic tour on a vintage double-decker bus
      • Snacks & water on bus
      • Maritime Museum
        The Museum is free but donations are always appreciated!

      What’s not included

      • Optional cruise
        45 minute narrated Nature & History Cruise on a 16 passenger vessel. The cruise departs the waterfront 15 minutes past each hour throughout the day.
      • Lunch
        Lunch on own with many great choices along the Historic Waterfront
      • Gratuity
        Bus driver gratuity

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      Afternoon Cruise - 1:15pm
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      Day Trip
      Historic Beaufort by Land and Sea

      8:00am-  An early morning departure from the Leland Harris Teeter Parking lot is best so that we can enjoy all that Beaufort has to offer.  This is a straight drive north along the coast and should take us approximately 21/2 hours.  Upon arrival in Beaufort we board the vintage English Double-Decker bus for our 45 minute narrated tour by one of Beaufort's entertaining and knowledgeable costumed interpreters.  The stories are an enjoyable blend of fact and legend as we tour the historic district once home to patriots, privateers, merchants and skilled craftsmen who built Bahamian and West Indian style homes. 

      Following our orientation to Beaufort on the Double-Decker bus, you have the opportunity to choose how you will enjoy the remainder of the day.   There are many restaurants to enjoy on the waterfront.  Shopping is plentiful with a combination of art galleries, antique shops and shops selling southern culture and the boating life.  I loved the Scuttlebutt Nautical Books & Bounty shop.  The Maritime Museum is Free and quite a gem!  I particularly found the exhibit on the abundance of shipwrecks along the North Carolina waters including Blackbeard's Queen Anne's Revenge fascinating!  Part of the Museum includes a Wooden Boat Museum where you can watch local boat builders at work.   The New Deal Federal Arts Program murals in the Post Office depicting local life and history are worth a peek too during your visit.  The murals are rare and were commissioned by Russian painter, Simka Simkhovitch.  

      As you can see, there are plenty of ways to occupy your time on land but if you prefer to join the search for wild horses and dolphin by water,  sign up for one of the Water Bug Nature Cruises.

      At 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15 you have the option of joining a 45 minute narrated cruise of Taylor's Creek which is the deep body of water bordering Beaufort's waterfront.  This water is home to dolphin, sailors from around the world and wild horses on the banks of the Rachel Carson Reserve, also located on Taylor's Creek.    Many days there are horse and dolphin sightings (I was able to see both during my visit)  but even if you are not so lucky, the views and Captain's narration of the Nature Reserve, boats anchored from around the world (ranging from modest to multi-million dollar boats) and the elegant homes and historic buildings on this panoramic cruise are worth it.  The cruise is enjoyed on a 16 passenger Shaded Captain's Launch.  

      5pm - Departure for Leland.   Snacks provided for the trip home and BYOB of any variety is welcome. 

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      I love to travel so in my partially retired life I decided to adapt my passion for travel along with 25 years of experience in Travel & Tourism to create Trips by Patty. I received a BA in American History from UNC-Chapel Hill. Not knowing what I was going to do with that degree, I started working as a desk clerk at a hotel in Raleigh. I enjoyed the hotel business and the career path began. Hotel operations and sales, Convention Center operations and marketing, destination marketing with a Convention Visitors Bureau and even a stint as a tour guide. What happened to the history degree? Well, many times when I am escorting my trips I share the history of the destinations we visit. It's a great feeling to take your career skills and adapt them to your own small business. I love what I do and hope you'll join me on a trip one day!


      We had a wonderful time. Met some great people from other communities and enjoyed the bus ride, as well as the accommodations, tours and eateries. Patty is a great host with lots of helpful advice, attention to our needs, and tips for travel. We look forward to another trip with Patty in the future!! Deb & Mark Delekto
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      We had a wonderful time. Very comfortable bus ride with old and new friends. Nice leisurely lunch. Loved the show! And our seats were fabulous! Grand Tier front row seats. Thanks Patty for another great day trip!
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      As always, Patty hosted another flawless trip. She is clear about times and locations and allows just enough free time so we never feel rushed. The show was spectacular and I would highly recommend using her to anyone.
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