There are plenty of tour options throughout the Albermarle Sound corridor. Choose from bay cruises, brewery & distillery tours, narrated excursions, self-guided walking tours and more. Here’s a short list of adventures that promise to leave you with long-lasting memories:
Take a self-guided driving tour along North Carolina’s oldest heritage trail through 17 coastal towns along the Albemarle and Pamlico Sounds. Follow the brown historic road signs (HAT) and 32 sites listed on the tour brochure to experience the history, culture and natural landscape of northeast NC. FREE.
Edenton Bay Cruises – All Aboard with Captain Mark for a scenic tour of historic Edenton Bay. The eco-friendly “Liber-Tea” glides quietly along the beautiful bay with an electric motor. No gas fumes, no fuss, just a relaxing and informative tour along the 22-foot 6 passenger tour boat. More info. $
Outer Banks Distilling – Schedule a tour at the Outer Banks first distillery and get a behind-the-scenes taste of how small batch, hand-crafted rum is made. Guests are treated to a sampling of Kill Devil Rum and a delicious rum ball. The distillery is located at 510 Budleigh St. in historic Manteo, NC. Call to reserve a tour available Tues-Sat 9-5. More info. $5.
Outer Banks National Scenic Byway – The byway stretches 138 driving miles and 25 ferry-riding miles along barrier islands, two National Seashores, Pamlico Sound and two inlets and along 21 coastal villages. Slow down, take in the fresh air and tour the byway in sections with a leisurely drive or enjoy a multi-day trip along North Carolina’s Outer Banks. More info.
NC Birding Trails – The NC Birding Trail (NCBT) is an inter-agency consortium that promotes our state as a leading nature-based tourism destination. Here are a few coastal options which highlight this rich natural heritage.
The Scuppernong River Interpretive Trail includes a self-guided walk along the Scuppernong River and a cypress swamp. located directly behind the Walter B. Jones Center for the Sounds in Columbia, NC. More info. FREE.
Tuesday evenings; weather permitting
Shallowbag Bay Sail About – The public is invited to join museum’s volunteer crew for a short sail on Shallowbag Bay in a traditional watercraft. This is a great way to see Manteo’s waterfront and experience sailing traditional watercraft. A $5.00 donation per-person is encouraged. More info. $5
Thursdays through August; 11am
Vineyard Voyages – Partnership for the Sounds and Vineyards on the Scuppernong invite you on a unique “roaming” tour which includes a 10-minute boating cruise along the Scuppernong River and a tour of Vineyards on the Scuppernong. The Columbia, NC-based vineyard and winery crafts award-winning scuppernong wines. Tour the vineyard, winery and sample the wines. Reservations required. 252-796-1000. FREE.