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Barrier Island Kayaks
Sea Kayaking on the Intracoastal Waterway in Swansboro, North Carolina. Popular destinations for your sea kayak adventure include Bear Island, Shark Tooth Island, Huggins Island and Bogue Inlet.

Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge
Cedar Island
The Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1964 to help protect wintering habitat for migratory waterfowl. Fall and winter months bring thousands of waterfowl to the Refuge. Cedar Island National Wildlife Refuge

Cape Lookout National Seashore
Cape Lookout, Harkers Island
Cape Lookout National Seashore consists of three undeveloped barrier islands covering 55 miles. Activities include: fishing, swimming, birding, boating, windsurfing, kayaking and shelling. Cape Lookout Lighthouse is located on south Core Banks and is accessible by public ferry or private boat. Primitive camping allowed. Visitors should bring drinking water, sunscreen and bug spray. Pets are allowed on leash, but they are not allowed on public ferries or in concession lodgings. Cape Lookout National Seashore, which includes the Cape Lookout Historic District, conserves and preserves for the future the outstanding natural resources of a dynamic coastal barrier island system; protects and interprets the significant cultural resources of the past and contemporary maritime history; provides for public education and enrichment through proactive interpretation and scientific study; and provides for sustainable use of recreation resources and opportunities. Cape Lookout National Seashore">

Core Sound Kayaks & Touring Company
Core Sound Kayaks & Cape Lookout Outfitters provides Crystal Coast visitors an opportunity to experience the beauty of the Down East area, which is off the beaten path. The Cape Lookout area -- Harkers Island, Brown's Island, North River and Ward's Creek -- is a beautiful island setting, still untouched by development. Estuaries and sounds are full of nature's creations to discover and explore. It's an experience for all ages and experience levels. We provide instruction, guide service and rentals.

Hammocks Beach State Park
Venture to Bear Island and be rewarded with vivid memories of one of the most unspoiled beaches on the Atlantic. Accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat. An 892-acre barren island with 3.5 miles of pristine beach. Backpack and primitive camping, swimming, wildlife viewing and shelling. Surf fishing is a favorite pastime year round but is best in the fall. Passenger ferry service is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and children 6-12. Fee for camping is $9. Hammocks Beach State Park

North Carolina Maritime Museum
The North Carolina Maritime Museum documents, collects, preserves, and researches the maritime history, and its corollary natural history, of coastal North Carolina for the purpose of interpreting this history through educational services and exhibits for our contemporary society, and passing intact its material culture to future generations. The museum complex includes the main exhibit hall and the Harvey W. Smith Watercraft Center for the construction and restoration of wooden boats. The museum also maintains the Charles R. McNeill Library and archives with books, journals, photographs and manuscripts on or relating to maritime history. ## The North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort preserves and interprets all aspects of the rich maritime heritage of the state through educational exhibits, programs and field trips. Exhibits take visitors from the dugout canoes of native Americans through the variety of sail rigs and hull designs of explorers, traders and privateers. They recall the brave traditions of the US Lifesaving Service and the African American heritage in that service and the menhaden fishery, tools of wooden boat builders and navigators, and repair shops of the earliest outboard engines. Artifacts from the shipwreck that is proving to be Blackbeard the pirate's flagship, Queen Anne's Revenge add the excitement of one of the most significant archeological finds of this century. In the museum's Watercraft Center, visitors watch the construction and restoration of wooden boats. Educational programming includes the Cape Lookout Studies Program, Boatbuilding Skills Classes, Summer Science School for Children and the Junior Sailing Program as well as field trips to coastal habitats, kayaking, adult, family, and private sailing instruction, sliding seat rowing, fossil hunting trips, birding trips, marine life collecting cruises, wildflower and mushroom walks. Quarterly calendars of year around museum activities are available on request. NC Maritime Museum

Outer Island Kayak Adventures
Guided sea kayak tours and professional instruction is offered on the southern Outer Banks in the Cape Lookout National Seashore. These undeveloped islands are the perfect place for exploring by kayak. Day trips, camping overnights and bed & breakfast inn trips are offered. Call 252-222-3420 or e-mail

Outer Banks Sail and Kayak
Atlantic Beach
Sailing, kayaking and sailing charters (captained or bareboat) on the beautiful Southern Outer Banks. Learn to sail at any level from beginner to advanced and even larger sailboat.

River Rat Canoe, Kayak & Paddle Boat Rentals
River Rat rents canoes, kayaks, & paddle boats. We also have live bait and tackle.

Summer Science School For Children
The Summer Science School for Children entering 1st - 10th grades offers hands-on classes to investigate North Carolina's coastal environment and maritime history. Day classes range from boat models and mariners, fishing fossils, kayaking, maritime archaeology, mystery and history, pirates, seashore life and surfing. A cooperative program with the Cape Lookout Environmental Education Center provides lodging for classes held at Cape Lookout. NC Maritime Museum

White Oak River Kayaking
Kayak rentals and guided tours on the White Oak River and Intracoastal salt marshes. Kayaks can be taken (or delivered) to other locations or launched at our site. Bear Island, Sharks tooth island, Huggins Island, Jones Island are among the popular destinations.



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