This was a cool little town.
We began our day in Beaufort by taking a ferry to Shackleford Banks. This island was awesome. My largest piece of advice is bring a beach umbrella. We were on the island for about 3.5 hours without any form of shade whatsoever; we are very fortunate that Elizabeth had her stroller to lounge in without being in the sun because besides her, we all got too much sun this day.
The major selling point about visiting Shackleford Banks is the wild mustangs that reside on the island, two of them can be seen in the photos above. Elizabeth was ecstatic about them, but not so excited that they took away from the thrill of being in the sand, shells, and water.
The strength of the tide was more than I expected and have experienced in any of the other beaches in this area, so that is one major thing to consider with young children.
This photo shows Baby Butler #2, too!
The Maritime Museum was on our to-do list but unfortunately we just barely missed it because we toured the awesome shops along Front St. We also had hopes that we would be able to partake in a ghost walk that evening but decided an hour before the walk began that it was better to head home and not push E’s limits too much.
Instead of doing the walk, we visited the Old Burying Grounds but could not enter due to it being after-hours, and drove by Blackbeard’s former home. The historic houses in the area are stunning and bode impressive erection dates.
This is another town I cannot wait to get another opportunity to explore. The next time we go, I would love to get to Fort Macon as well as the Maritime Museum and the ghost walk.