More than 2,000 shipwrecks sunk off the Coast of North Carolina in what’s called the Graveyard of the Atlantic. With all that history floating around, it was only natural to build a museum to honor and preserve the maritime culture of the Outer Banks. A state-of-the-art structure, the year round museum houses and displays artifacts, and presents a variety of exhibits and interprets the rich maritime culture that includes war, piracy, ghost ships and more. Artifacts include thoseex from the USS Monitor, which sank 16 miles off the Hatteras coast. The lobby features the stunning and original, 1854, First Order Lens from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Current hibits include those on piracy and the Civil War on Hatteras Island.
The aroma alone will draw you into the Dancing Turtle, a great stop for coffee, edibles and gifts. With indoor and outdoor seating, the venue is comfortable through all seasons. They even have WiFi. But lets get to the eats and drinks! Dancing Turtle literally has hundreds of drinks and variations on drinks including coffees, teas, smoothies and Italian sodas. They also sell loose tea and coffee beans. They will ship! Foods include bagels and baked goods such as biscotti, brownies and pastries. Fresh baked muffins, including apricot, mango and gluten-free versions – family recipes, are on the menu. Enjoy a bowl of hearty oatmeal or umpqua oats. Gifts include travel, regular and custom logo mugs, art by Stephanie Kiker, T-shirts and sweatshirts and bags and journals made by No Hope. The latter products are made from recycled coffee bags and help children in need. Owners/operators Evan O’Connell and Brian Scall are warm folks who are true dog lovers. Dogs are welcome on the porch. The interior is comfortable with beautiful wood floors, wicker furniture and plenty of elbowroom. Evan and Brian are outdoor folk and have a passion for the island and beaches. This is a great place to kick bag, sip a drink, check your e-mail and simply soak in the ambiance of the laid back Outer Banks.
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