The museum "stands as a testament to the determination of the Down East people" who "share the vision of preserving and protecting the heritage of Core Sound. You will see samples of and authentic fishing boats, bird carvings, local history of the thirteen communities that comprise Down East. It's a great experience for the whole family! The Museum is "at the end of the road" on Harkers Island at 1785 Island Road, Harkers Island, NC 28531. They are right beside Cape Lookout National Seashore Park Visitor Center.
Saltwater, boating, fishing, and, of course, KAYAKING! The waters in the sounds along the shores of Down East are the most pristine and beautiful waters in the state. If you want to really enjoy the local waters, experience life in the ecosystems, and see a wild variety of wildlife, then you need to go kayaking! Down East Kayaks offers kayak rentals as well as tours. They will deliver your kayaks to your launch point or to your home/vacation rental. Give them a call at 252-838-1336 or visit for their website for more information.
On the island, you can watch the horses, go shelling, fishing, birding, or even camping! The lighthouse is now open to climb and you can tour the historic villages. There is something for everyone at Cape Lookout!Begin your journey at the Visitors Center located at the end of Harkers Island -
131 Charles Street, Harkers Island, NC 28531
Need a ferry to get to
There are several passenger ferries available on Harkers Island to take you to Cape Lookout throughout the day.
The list of ferries is below. Their websites are listed. You can call for more information.
Want to enjoy the slow life? Like to hear the ocean waves breaking on the shore? How about the rustic life? And fishing, of course! Check out the ferries that depart from Davis Shore and Atlantic that take you to this wonderful experience!
Riding horses along the shores of Cedar Island is just a few miles away. The tours are guided and no experience is necessary!
Fishing Down East can be a great experience. And whether you have experience or not - you will have a great time going with a fishing charter. Each charter boat provides opportunities to catch a wide variety of fish and will make sure you have the time of your life! Check out the many different guides that area available Down East!
Poseydon Dive Center can be found at 957 Harkers Island Road. Visit their website for more about information about charters, learning to dive, and renting equipment!
Find out more information about Outer Banks Riding Stables here. The stables are located right beside Cedar Island Ferry Terminal.
Down East Kayaks
The Foundation for Shackleford Horses is a North Carolina non-profit corporation and an IRS 501(c)(3) charity. Their mission is to protect and preserve the horses.
The Foundation for Shackleford Horses is a North Carolina non-profit corporation and an IRS 501(c)(3) charity. Their mission is to protect and preserve the horses. Carolyn Mason, of Bettie, has been instrumental in preserving the history, lineage, and care of the horses. Those horses needing rehabilitation are housed in Bettie where Carolyn and other volunteers work with them daily.
For more information regarding the horses and to arrange a visit with Carolyn in Bettie, go to the website, shacklefordhorses.org, which is a tremendous source of information.
Lucky Ducks Guide Service
"Waterfowl Gunning At Its Best!"
"Lucky Ducks Guide Service & Lodging is located at 104 Old River Road in Bettie. You can contact Bernie & Velvet at 252-723-8711 or 252-732-0292. Bernie Corwin is a USCG licensed Master Captain with 40+ years experience as a waterfowl guide. His knowledge of gunning and decoying waterfowl will significantly add to the enjoyment of your hunting experience.
Sites for hunting include North River, Harkers Island and Core Banks.