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Explore Blackbeard’s stomping ground and pirate legacy on Hatteras Island, N.C.

Travel + Leisure
June 05, 2012

By the time you’re driving into Hatteras Island, you will have seen some of the East Coast’s most beautiful waterways, from the Chesapeake Bay to the North Carolina’s Barrier Islands. So you’ll definitely be in the mood to explore Blackbeard’s stomping ground and pirate legacy on Hatteras Island, N.C.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

See real pirate relics, including artifacts from what’s believed to be Blackbeard’s ship, Queen Anne’s Revenge. There's also a Civil War gunship and parts of a German U-boat that once trolled nearby waters.

Pirate Adventure Cruise

Give the family a taste of adventure on the high seas with an hour-long tour that touches on Blackbeard’s history. Expect face-painting, costumes, water cannons, and treasure maps.

Froggy Dog

Grab a burger while kids entertain themselves in its toy-stocked Tadpole Corner play area.

Gingerbread House Bakery

The half-timbered, pointy-roofed bakery makes its own doughnuts in the mornings, served outside on a sunny deck.

Hatteras Cabanas

Survey the seas from your private upper deck. The wood-paneled, privately owned cottages have killer views and plenty of room for families.

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