This was a big disappointment. It's just a tiny tower you can see from anywhere in town, and if you go up top all that's there is a bunch of gimmicky pirate stuff, even though it really has nothing to do with the actual pirate Blackbeard. If you do go, try going later in the evening for a drink, appetizer, and a nice view of the sunset on you own terms. If you go during the peak hours, you are forced to go on the $10 walking tour just to get through the gates for a peak, but once the cruise ship traffic is gone, the guard let us in to just poke around and go to the hotel bar that is attached for a drink and snack that were both good. We tried to go during the day with some friends, and the people at both entrances were basically robots that could only use pre-loaded phrases from dealing with cruise ships all day and couldn't understand why we wouldn't want to pay $10 to go on a long walking tour with 50 old people just to see a brick turret up close.