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Hungry Town Tours
400 Front Street | Beaufort, North Carolina 28516
Open All Year! • Walking & Culinary Tours Available Rain or Shine!
Frequently Asked Questions
I am getting married on the Crystal Coast, do you offer anything special?
Hungry Town Tours is perfect for wedding parties or bachelorette parties. The “Ride with the Bride” Tour offers the bridal party an opportunity to enjoy time with the bride and enjoy an afternoon on retro cruiser bikes. These tours can be customized to include lunch or a wine tasting. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 252-648-1011 to discuss your event.
What is different about your food tours?
On the culinary bike tours, Hungry Town Tours promotes restaurants with locally-sourced food that allow for an enhanced guest experience for those visiting Beaufort. We pride ourselves in working with restaurants offering fresh, local products that supporting our local fishermen and farmers.
Hungry Town Tours promotes three Beaufort-based organizations:
• Carteret Catch - Their mission is to sustain the livelihood and heritage of the Carteret County fishing industry through public marketing and education. Hungry Town Tours is proud to be a member of Carteret Catch.
• Walking Fish - An award-winning community supported fishery (CSF) that links fishermen on the coast of North Carolina to consumers in the Triangle.
• Olde Beaufort Farmers’ Market - They provide high quality local food to Beaufort and the surrounding area, show support for small farmers, grow the local economy, and provide an enjoyable open space for the community to gather weekly, April thru November.
Hungry Town Tours is working with NC Sea Grant to promote seafood availability to consumers looking for fresh fish. Utilizing collateral materials provided by NC Sea Grant, Hungry Town Tours offers seasonal availability guides to participants on the food tours.
You'll learn more about these organizations on our food tours.
How much food is served on the food tours?
There is enough food served that most participants will not find it necessary to eat afterwards. Keep in mind, our food yours are a little different than most. It's similar to a progressive meal - appetizer, entrée and dessert. With the combination of drink and food offerings combined, most participants are comfortably full after the tour.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes. Cameras and filming are allowed during the tour. We encourage participants to take photos during the tour as long as it does not hinder the tour schedule. If you see something you'd like to take a picture of we will stop. Each bicycle is equipped with a basket allowing for a perfect place to hold your camera or phone. For safety reasons, we encourage you not to ride a bicycle and carry your camera.
What if I have dietary restrictions of food allergies?
If you have a food allergy or an aversion to certain dishes, (for example, shrimp, etc), then certain food tours may not be for you. Let us know by email at email@example.com if you (or anyone in your group) has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, allergy, etc.) before you purchase your tickets. If we know in advance, it may be possible to accommodate your needs, but there are no guarantees. We request that if you have concerns, please ask the appropriate questions to protect yourself.
Do you have kids bikes?
Unfortunately, we do not have any kids’ bikes at this time.
Are there any beverages served on the tours?
Non-alcoholic beverages including water, coffee, hot or iced tea and soda.
How to reach us or stay in touch?
"Call Us" at 252-648-1011
"See Us" at our Welcome Center on the Beaufort waterfront at 400 Front Street, Beaufort, NC.
Do you offer large group discounts?
Unfortunately, we do not. Since our groups are small in nature, we can only accommodate groups of eight (8). Therefore, we don't have discounted tickets for seniors, active military personnel or large groups. Hungry Town Tours are limited to a maximum of eight (8) participants for bicycle tours and fifteen (15) people on walking tours, allowing for a more intimate and manageable group that offers you maximum enjoyment.
What is the NC TravelGreen Initiative Program?
In August 2013, Hungry Town Tours became the first business in Carteret County to be accepted into the NC GreenTravel Initiative. Hungry Town Tours has combined green from “spoke to fork” by combining nature-based travel with culinary tourism through bicycle tours. Click here, to learn more.
Has Hungry Town Tours been featured in any magazines?
Hungry Town Tours has been featured in over thirty (30) regional and national publications about the Crystal Coast. These include Cooking with Paula Deen, Private Air Luxury Homes, Lake Norman Magazine, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, Southern Journal, AAA GO Magazine, Grand Strand magazine, and Carolina Salt magazine. Online, we have appeared on Parade.com, Examiner.com, StarNews Online and The Carteret County News-Times.
In addition, Hungry Town Tours has been featured on North Carolina Weekend, UNC-TV.
Do you rent bicycles?
Due to the popularity of our bicycle tours, we are unable to offer rentals at this time.
Do you fix bikes?
No. However, we've teamed up with Beaufort Bicycle. Owner Stephen Cambron has been repairing bicycles for over 20 years. So, it was a natural for us to team up to be able to offer his services to visitors, boaters and locals alike.
Do you sell bikes?
No, not at this time.
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Do you offer a discount to AAA members?
Yes. We offer $1 discount per ticket per tour for AAA Members with the 'AAA Discounts and Rewards Program'. You will need to use the promotional code.
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Where are you located?
Unlike many tour companies, participants with Hungry Town Tours meet at an actual starting place, not on a street corner or parking lot. This way you can relax, meet and enjoy the other tour participants prior to the start of the tour.
Our Welcome Center is located on the waterfront at 400 Front Street, Beaufort, North Carolina. Click here, for directions to our Welcome Center.
What time do we have to arrive?
We ask that you arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour. We like to make sure everyone is introduced to each other and we like go through the introductions to your tour. We ask that you respect our starting times for the other participants and the culinary staffs at our participating restaurants For those taking a bike tour, we also want to make sure you are properly fitted for your bike. At that time, we also go through the "Rules of the Road" and talk about bicycle safety.
How fit do I have to be?
Our tours are fairly casual. Participants should have some cardiovascular stamina and be able to exercise a moderate amount. On our bike tours, we ride at the pace of the slowest rider so no one gets left behind.
Do we need to wear a helmet on a bicycle tour?
We provide helmets for those that choose to wear them, but it is not required by North Carolina Bike Laws for adults to wear helmets.
Helmets are required by North Carolina Bike Laws for those 15 years old and younger.
Your safety is important to us. Click here, to learn about the North Carolina Bike Laws.
What kind of bicycles will we ride?
Our single-speed, foot-brake cruiser bicycles are easy to ride. If you've ever ridden a bike
(you haven’t forgotten have you?), then you’ll love our tours! In fact, we've inspired more than one person to go out and get their own cruiser bike after riding through Beaufort with us. These are adult size bicycles.
Do your tours have anything to offer the locals?
Absolutely! In fact 45-50% of our tour participants are residents. The non-residents are typically friends of Crystal Coast residents who are in town visiting with friends or relatives. The food tours are one more way to entertain out of town visitors and allow them a better understanding of the area. Our tours are a great way for you to enjoy time with your guests without being a tour guide.
What should we wear?
You’ll be riding a bicycle or walking, so wear whatever is comfortable for you. Our walking tours take place rain or shine so depending on the forecast, please ress apropriate. You are welcome to bring an umbrella if necessary. Dress appropriately for the season and time of year.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes. Private tours can be made available for your group (maximum of eight people for bike tours and fifteen people for walking tours). We can accommodate up to 30 people on walking tours, with two guides. Please contact us by telephone at 252-648-1011 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request. With enough lead time, we should be able to schedule a suitable date.
Are tours only offered in English?
Do you have gift certificates?
Yes! Please contact us to purchase a gift certificate that is redeemable for an entire year. Certificates are sold for any tour or for a specific amount. Click here, to learn more about Gift Certificates.
What is included in my ticket price?
• Food Tours: All food and drink tastings, restaurant gratuity and taxes, a local guide and bike rental are included in the ticket price. You may wish to purchase alcoholic beverages or items at restaurants or specialty shops along the way. Most shops will hold your purchases until after the tour.
• Non-Food Tours: We offer a complimentary bottle of water for each participant. Your local guide and bike rental are included in the ticket price.
Gratuity for your tour guide is not included in the ticket price but is always greatly appreciated.
How long are the tours?
The following tours run 1 to 1.5 hours:
• Hidden Beaufort Tour
• A Ride to Remember
• Legends & Lore of the Sea
• Early Morning Risers Tour
Our food tours, with the exception of one tour, typically run 3 to 3.25 hours:
• Beaufort Culinary Bike Tour
• North Carolina Shrimp Tour
• North Carolina Oyster Tour
• Bike, Brunch & Bubbles (3 hrs.)
• Beaufort Lunchbox Tour (2 hrs.)
How many miles do we ride on a tour?
Generally, the tours are less than 3 miles in duration. With the exception of our food tours, participants can expect to ride for at least half of the time. We ride at a moderate pace in order to keep up with the time schedule of the various stops.
Can I bring my own bicycle? Do I get discount?
Sure. You are welcome to bring your own bicycle. Please let us know in advance. Due to the small size of our tours, we are unable to offer a discount if you use your own bike.
Where do you ride?
Downtown & Front Street along the waterfront and throughout the historic district of Beaufort, North Carolina.
How far in advance should I schedule a tour?
For larger parties, a two week advance booking is preferable, although we remain flexible and can usually get something together on a short notice. Our business is seasonal though and things get busy in the summer. For smaller parties, a few days to a week is preferable, but you can always inquire about tours that are going out today or tomorrow!
Reservations / Cancellations
What happens if it rains?
That's a great question. We don't like to ride in the rain either. For safety reasons, we don't allow participants to ride bikes in the rain. So, we will offer a full refund or we will provide a gift certificate due to inclement weather. It’s entirely up to you. We normally make that decision 2 hrs. prior to the tour as sometimes the weather breaks. This refund policy applies to A Ride to Remember, Early Morning Risers Tour, Hidden Beaufort Tour and Legends & Lore of the Sea. This guideline would also apply to the Beaufort Lunchbox Tour because it is outside on the waterfront.
The restaurants on our food tours are all within walking distance. We will continue to do the food tour in the rain but not the bicycle portion of the tour. We will issue a gift certificate for the Hidden Beaufort Tour that you can do at a later date. This guideline pertains to the Beaufort Culinary Bike Tour, North Carolina Shrimp Tour, North Carolina Oyster Tour, and Bike, Brunch & Bubbles. Our food tour reservations must be made 48 hours in advance since we have to let the restaurants know we are coming.
The following walking tours are offered rain or shine: Historic Beaufort Walking Tour, Food by Foot Culinary Walking Tour, and the Sunday Brunch Walkabout.
What is your cancellation policy?
We understand that things come up. Cancellations must be received 48 hours in advance for a 100% refund. If you want to reschedule a tour, please let us know 48 hours ahead.
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay cash?
Online reservations for our food tours are required at least 48 hours in advance. Telephone reservations can be made up to four (4) hours in advance for our food tours. If you are trying to book a tour the morning of the event, and online reservations are closed, please call us at 252-648-1011 to check availability. Just because a tour shows 'sold out' online, we often have openings. Tickets can only be purchased using a Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card on this website. You can pay cash for your tickets as well. Our tours are limited to eight (8) participants and often sell out.
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Can I make additional purchases during the tour?
The tours are on a schedule to arrive at each location at a specified timeframe. It is important to stay on schedule so the food is freshly prepared for the tour participants and waiting time is minimized. Purchases can be made as long as the time involved does not slow or disrupt the tour timing and flow. Most shops will hold your purchase for you until after the tour.
If a food tour is sold out, can I be on a waiting list? What if I don't see a tour scheduled on a day I would like to go?
There is no waiting list because cancellations are rare. You can email us at email@example.com to let us know what date you are interested in. If you have a large enough group (at least 6), we may be able to schedule a tour on the desired date.
Can we drink on the tours?
If you’ll be taking one of our food tours, you must bring your valid ID if you plan on purchasing alcoholic beverages. Wine tastings are a regular part of the food tours! You must be 21 or older to take these tours.
What is your relationship with the Nicholas Sparks Foundation?
We created a tour called, 'A Ride to Remember', that features places in Beaufort that were inspired by Nicholas Sparks and referenced in his books, The Choice and A Walk to Remember. We thought the tour would serve as a memorable way for people to get to know Beaufort, as visitors take in the unique setting for the story of each novel. After approaching the Nicholas Sparks Foundation, they agreed with our idea. Hungry Town Tours is pleased to be working in partnership with the Nicholas Sparks Foundation.
In addition to the tour, you can take one of our tour packages that includes your $50 donation for a signed book by Nicholas Sparks for either The Choice or A Walk to Remember. We also offer Nicholas Sparks Foundation apparel including tee shirts. Please note that 100% of the proceeds from the books and tee shirts go directly to the Nicholas Sparks Foundation. Click here, to learn more about 'A Ride to Remember.' The Nicholas Sparks Foundation is a non-profit educational organization that increases access to innovative global learning for young people around the country. Dedicated to increasing access for all students, the Foundation particularly supports programs for underserved youth, providing a globally-focused college preparatory education that empowers them to flourish in our 21st century world. Click here, to learn more about how you can support the Nicholas Sparks Foundation through Hungry Town Tours or visit nsparksfoundation.org.
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Is there parking near the meeting point?
Yes. On Front Street, the rate is $1/hr. from Memorial Day to Labor Day on all designated parking spots, excluding handicap/motorcycle/golf cart spaces. Free parking is available all day on the side streets. In the of-seasn there is free parking throughout Front Street.
Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
Although it is never expected, if you would like to tip your tour guide it is always appreciated. Standard gratuity in the service industry is 18%.
Gratuities are not necessary for the restaurants & their staff because it is all included in your price of you ticket.
Are there other ways we can show our appreciation for a great tour?
Yes, we love reviews! You may review your experience on TripAdvisor, Yelp, or Google. Click here to leave a review on TripAdvisor.com. You can also like us on Facebook or follow-us on Twitter.
We love photos! If you would like to share photos with your family and friends, please tag Hungry Town Tours on Facebook or Instagram.
Can we bring children on the tour?
We offer only adult tickets and prices. The food tours are not an appropriate event to bring children. These tours are designed for those over 21 years old. Other tours accommodate children 15 years and over. for younger children, we will do a oprivate tour. Please call for details. For our bike tours, teenagers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and they must be able to ride our adult-size bikes.
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If you have additional questions, you can always contact us directly by telephone at 252-648-1011 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. - seven days a week.
Hungry Town Tours | 400 Front Street | Beaufort, North Carolina 28516
hungrytowntours.com | 252.648.1011 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily Winter Hours:
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Earlier and later hours for pre-booked tours.
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Hours vary upon inclement weather
Advance reservations required.