Monday, July 25, 2011

Argh Matey's!

Summer is starting to wind down and we wanted to get one more day of family time in before the kids headed off to school. We searched all around us for something to do and decided it would be great to head up to Beaufort (Bo-fort) and check out the Maritime Museum that is dedicated to the pirate ship - The Queens Anne's Revenge' along with it's famous captain - Blackbeard!

What is fantastic about this museum is that it's FREE! The kids get to go in and explore everything that they've recovered from the QAR while working on a Treasure Map that leads them through each exhibit. Not only have they made it educational, they've also made it FUN!! Which is the BEST part!

Before we made it to the museum, we thought it would be fun to eat at this cute pub called Queen Anne's Revenge. The had all sorts of delish food and best of all, it was a coffee and beer/wine lovers paradise!

A picture of Blackbeard, the Pirate!


Jack enjoying his 'rum'...


The beer shelves, complete with a pirate head....




On the way out, I stumbled upon this bottle of wine. Pretty much explains it all!

Making our way to the museum, we found this.  A memorial to Astronaut, Michael John Smith who died when the space shuttle Challenger blew up. We all then took a minute to reminisce about that day and where we were.

The town clock...


Finally we find the museum and get ready to head in. Love the flags that were up!


The museum...

Inside they had a statue that was very reminiscent of Jack Sparrow (ie, my Jack's hero!)

A few pictures of what was in the museum...





I mentioned before that as part of the fun, the kids got to go on a treasure hunt throughout the museum. It was a great opportunity to see everything and learn about all the fun things they've found on the Queen Anne's Revenge.






It was a fantastic way to spend the day. It was only an hour away from us and I don't know why we didn't think to go here before now! The whole town is dedicated to the life of a pirate, it's so fun! They also have a pirate weekend in August (which happens to be the first weekend in August), which if we had known, we would of waited to go! In any case, it's an awesome town to visit and we can't wait to go again!!!


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