Port City Tour Company
Ghost & Vampire Tours • Historical & Heritage Tours • Walking Tours
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12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
About
History and entertainment collide with the best tours on The Crystal Coast! From Pirates, Escape Rooms, or the Paranormal, we have an adventure for all! Port City Tour Co. is the oldest and largest tour company on the Crystal Coast. We take pride in delivering our guests with an experience to last a lifetime! Whether its strolling through America's Best Small town (Beaufort, NC) listening to its piratical and haunted past with your ghost guide, or trying to beat one of our Live "Escape" Room games, Port City Tour Co. is your destination for entertainment, education, acting and history! Come to our store located on Middle Ln. in beautiful Beaufort NC for our Beaufort Escape Rooms. Welcome to the Crystal Coast!
Beaufort, North Carolina

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2022

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chandapan
Sevierville, TN85 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
I can not give this ghost tour enough positive feedback. My family had the best time and it was the highlight of our trip. Zelda was our guide (Anne) and she was AMAZING! She never broke character a single time and her story telling had us captivated. We left with so much knowledge of the town and the people who lives there so many years before. We have done many ghost tours but Zelda made this one our favorite. Book this tour! It will be the best part of your trip! Wear plenty of bug spray and walking shoes.
Written September 21, 2022
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Jason B
Greensboro, NC7 contributions
Jul 2022
My family and I recently went on a Beaufort Ghost Walk Tour with "The Captain". I can not express how impressed we were with his story telling, his knowledge, and providing factual knowledge in a way that brought everything to life. We would go on the same tour again, and are planning to the next time we are in Beaufort, NC which hopefully will not be too far in the future. Tour was entertaining, historical, and our guide brought forth knowledge in story telling manner. Keep doing what you all are doing, and thank you for one great tour.
7/14/2022 (7:00 PM Tour)
Thanks again for having us, The Bradleys join along on your tour.
Written July 15, 2022
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TheUnknownFranklin
Pottsville, PA167 contributions
Jul 2021 • Solo
The terms "ghost walk" and "ghost tour" are varied depending on where you go. This one was very family friendly and made up of very long stories that gave a lot of history, mixed with humor.

The tour guide was excellent at his job. A very talented and friendly guy.

The content was very underwhelming in my opinion. But he did say after the tour that they change and rotate the stories so I guess I just got a bad batch for what I am interested in. In general the stories were heavily on the history and setting, often ending with a quick one liner on how it's now related to ghosts. Not much on peoples experiences with any ghosts.

Also, it should be noted that the tour started at 7 and ended around 8:30. I say this to emphasize that the sun was still up when we stated and was only setting and getting dark when we ended. I found this to be a bit of a mood killer. Again, this tour was much more family friendly and historical and fun than I was expecting.

I had a good time and it was a very high quality experience.
Written July 16, 2021
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Parrish B
3 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
**Edited to add** We were contacted by the tour company and fully refunded our money with a sincere apology. They stated they had a guide get sick so they had to combine two tours and during the merger, a larger family group was also added to the tour. It sounds as though the tour groups are normally smaller in size and they stated they would rather their guests have a good experience than make extra money. I appreciated them contacting me and we will try the tour again next time we are in town.

We did the ghost walking tour earlier this week. My family has been coming to Beaufort for around 30 years and we love the town so we were excited to take this tour and learn some more of the history and walk the streets that aren't visited as much. Our guide was nice and a good story teller however the group was so large that we could not hear half of the information he was saying. The group is supposed to walk on the sidewalk while the guide stays near the middle. We were at the front of the group and many times we could not hear what was being said. We couldnt stop to listen because the group behind us then couldnt continue. We tried a few times to slow down to attempt to hear better but the guide would tell the group to continue walking. There were also times when the guide and group stopped for a part in the story or to look at a particular house and we were unaware of the stopping since we couldn't hear and turned around to see we were no longer with the group and had to walk back to them to try to listen to what was going on. I really wanted to love this however the group was just too large to thoroughly enjoy it. I understand they need to make money so they sell more tickets but the ones who are paying need to be able to hear what they paid for.
Written August 14, 2022
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Wick S
Woodstock, GA37 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Lively and informative tour, learned a lot about the “ghosts of Beaufort” along with a nice history of Beaufort and the now defunct Diamond City nearby. Our guide, Emily Nelson, stayed in character throughout the evening, and knew the events in great detail. Highly recommend!
Written July 18, 2022
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Jeff R
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Couples
If you’re looking for an entertaining walk filled with great stories then this is your trip. Out host was knowledgeable and entertaining. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to learn more about the history of Beaufort with a touch of paranormal
Written July 4, 2022
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Amy U
8 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
Did the Blackbeard escape room with my daughter and sister. This was our first time doing an escape room. Skeptical at first, the outside of the building looked run down and the grass a little overgrown. Then I saw the room and thought how many clues could be in a tiny room?
Man, I was wrong. This was by far the most entertainment for the money. It was well thought out and executed. Time flew by. We probably needed one more person, there is so much to take in and decipher. The host was very knowledgeable and seemed excited for us to play.
If you are trying to decide to go or not, definitely GO! You will have so much fun!
This is a challenging room and if you’ve never done one, may be a bit confusing but if you’re smart- it will be exciting, fast paced and fun!
Highly recommend if you are near Beaufort.
Written June 29, 2020
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lisa
2 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
The Ghost Walk was very informative. The weather was cold and dreary which made the tour even better. The best part was at the cemetery while tour guide was telling a spooky story, the power went out on the entire street. There we stood, in the dark, in front of the cemetery, with only the lantern the pirate had. Everyone quickly grabbed cell phones for flashlights and we were on our way again, but the timing couldn't have been better.
Written November 2, 2021
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Robyn G
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Family
Tour guide was unprepared, no batteries in his mic, started the tour late. His commentary was rambling, jumbled, not cohesive. I’ve only lived here 6 months but know enough local history to know his “facts” were garbage. Poor representation of the interesting history of Beaufort.
Written October 31, 2022
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Hello Robyn, I am sorry you feel that way but I would like to address the issues that you raised. Your guide (Myself) arrived 30 minutes early as well as another person to assist with check-in. We begin photos when all of our guests have time to arrive which involves pictures as a free service that many people enjoy and also request. My equipment was fully charged but that night the wireless unit of the microphone wouldn't connect to the main speaker unit so I had to plug it directly into the speaker. This took perhaps a minute in which I apologized before and after. (It's under warranty so I returned it to the manufacturer and they are shipping a replacement unit) Now concerning the history; we take great lengths and research stories diligently and ALL of our stories are sourced from books and newspapers and not just "hear say". We also have to deal with "legends" and "local history" and many times we may find 3 different versions of a story, especially when its concerning the Hammock House or the girl in the rum keg. I am from the area and grew up here and it has been a mission of mine that all stories are sourced and have references because I am very serious about the history of the area. That is also why I invite all our guests to please reach out with questions and we would be happy to elaborate on the stories and share our resources. Yes, there are many stories that are not mainstream and may be unfamiliar to many, but please keep in mind that this tour is over 20 years old so we like to find new and different stories for our repeat guests. Some may be strange and obscure, even hard to find but we found them and present it for the public in a fun and enjoyable way that we are really proud of and as you can see, is loved by many. Thank you for your opinions and I really wished you had reached out to us first so that we could have had the chance to make things right. We are sorry that this was "painful" and wasn't enjoyable for you but for those reading this review response, that same night we received 2 other reviews on Google and they were 5 stars. I think this one is a little harsh and unfair but you are entitled to your opinions and I also support free speech. We hope that you give us a chance again in the future. Thank you, -Jonathan (Captain Benjamin Hornigold)
Written November 4, 2022
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BlueRoses44
Raleigh, NC41 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Super fun ghost walk! Enjoyed walking down the pier while listening to stories instead of the typical stand in place, go, stand in place, go.. our pirate guide was enthusiastic and very personable. Would highly recommend.
Written July 12, 2022
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