The North Carolina Estuarium, located in Washington, focuses on the unique environment of the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system, which covers all or part of 36 counties. It is the state's largest system, and the country's second behind the Chesapeake Bay. The facility opened in 1998 with exhibits presenting ecosystem, history, fish and wildlife, and human interaction with the estuary.
This article contains information on the towns lying on the south shore of the Pamlico River. As it winds through the Coastal Plain on its way to the sound, the river cuts a channel four to ten feet deep. The south shore is not as populated as the north.
Sailing is a prevalent past time in Beaufort County, especially on the Pamlico River. All styles and sizes of boats sail on the Pamlico throughout the summer. Young sailors can also learn the art of sailing at the Little Washington Sailing School, which offers ten fundamentals classes each summer.
Due to the popularity of waterways for various reasons, the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation plans to host “The Maritime Heritage of the Pamlico-Tar River” event. The event contains many activities as well as emphasis on conservation.