You can see the best of Belhaven and the surrounding area without breaking the bank!
In today’s economy, the expense of travel can make the very thought of a vacation intimidating. If you’re looking for a trip itinerary that won’t break the bank, come to Beaufort County, N.C.! Here are 15 things to do that won’t cost you a lot.
1 Walk the history of Belhaven. You can pick up your Belhaven Tour of History and Trivia at the Chamber office at 293 Water Street. It is a self-guided tour of historic Belhaven giving you clues along the way to the history of Belhaven.
2. Visit the Belhaven Memorial Museum. Located on the second floor of the historic Belhaven Town Hall on Main Street, the museum is built upon the eclectic collection of Mrs. Eva Blount Way. See it for free but donations are welcomed.
3. Rent a kayak at Belhaven Marina on Water Street. Spend an afternoon kayaking on Pantego Creek.
4. Contact MachaPunga Ecotours . Book a wildlife or tour.
5. Hear local musicians jam to traditional tunes. Join locals and visitors every Tuesday night from
6. Take a historic home tour in North Carolina’s first t0wn. Historic Bath, home of more “first’s” than any other North Carolina town, offers tours of the historic Palmer-Marsh and Bonner houses for $2 adult admission and $1 student admission.
7. Take a hike in Goose Creek State Park. Eight miles of hiking trails meander through estuarine areas with diverse flora and fauna. See who can spot a deer first!
8. Swim in the Pamlico River. Cool off in the river that defines this region! At Goose Creek State Park, a designated swimming area with a sandy beach offers access to the shallow waters of the Pamlico River.
9. Dig for Fossils at the Aurora Fossil Museum– Featuring an outdoor dig site, the museum showcases 5- to 15-million-year-old marine fossils from the nearby PCS Aurora Phosphate mine and native American artifacts from across prehistoric North Carolina. And guess what? Admission is also free!
1o. Visit the North Carolina Estuarium. With over 200 exhibits, aquariums and works of art, the Estuarium is dedicated to the unique ecosystem of eastern North Carolina’s estuaries and their effect on local culture. Fun, interactive and kid-friendly, check it out for only $4 for adults and $2 for students.
11. Cross the Pamlico River by ferry– This free ferry ride offered to commuters and tourists alike is a fun and free way to see the beautiful river and feel the breeze! See the sun reflect off the river at sunset for an unforgettable crossing.
12. Visit St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Located in Bath, St. Thomas is the oldest church building in North Carolina and a must-see for lovers of historic buildings. You can even attend a church service if you like since it is still a fully-functioning church! And, of course, it is absolutely free to tour.
So there you have it! Who says vacations have to break the bank? These activities encompass the essence of Beaufort County on a budget.