What to do and see in Morehead City, United States: The Best Places and Tips

November 18, 2017 Veronika Gaddis

Morehead City is a port town in Carteret County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 8,661 at the 2010 census. Morehead City celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding on May 5, 2007. It forms part of the Crystal Coast.
Restaurants in Morehead City

1. Fort Macon State Park

2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512-5633 +1 252-726-3775
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4.5 based on 877 reviews

Fort Macon State Park

Reviewed By mesettle - Winston Salem, North Carolina

The visitor center has been updated and there are exhibits in the rooms in the fort.The gift shop has several affordable items.Several areas to picnic.Don't forget to check out the beach access and picnic area wheelchair accessible.

2. Island Express Ferry Service

600 Front St, 1800 Island Road, Beaufort, NC 28516-2210 +1 252-728-7433
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5 based on 451 reviews

Island Express Ferry Service

Island Express Ferry Service is the ONLY ferry service out of Beaufort and Harkers Island, NC that is authorized by the National Park Service to drop passengers off at Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout. Shackleford Banks is the southernmost barrier island in Cape Lookout National Seashore. Shackleford Banks is a pristine island with one of the best shelling beaches in North Carolina. Famous for the wild banker horses that roam the uninhabited island, this is one of the few places in the eastern United States where wild horses can still be seen. Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Cape Lookout, famous for the Cape Lookout Lighthouse Station. While you are there, take time to collect some of the most beautiful shells in the world. Bird watch, swim in the ocean, climb the lighthouse, or ride our famous Beach Shuttle. There is something for everyone to enjoy on this island paradise. Island Express Ferry Service is an authorized National Park Service Concessionaire. Although our name has, at times, been confused with smaller services that do not go to Shackleford Banks or Cape Lookout, there is only one ISLAND EXPRESS FERRY SERVICE. Be sure to add an S for Services when looking for us online.

Reviewed By JeffersonDavis - North Carolina

Reasonably priced transportation to beautiful locations on The Crystal Coast. We rode one of the bigger boats this time so we had a smoother ride. The smaller boats can project a little chop onto the hind quarters (if you know what I'm saying).We are glad you had a smooth ride. We now have five of the large vessels in our fleet for our passengers comfort. Please come back and ride with us soon!

3. North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

1 Roosevelt Blvd, Cary Nc 27511, Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512-6813 +1 252-247-4003
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4.5 based on 874 reviews

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Dive into adventure. Take a tour of North Carolina’s aquatic life “from the mountains to the sea.” Talk with divers as they swim with sharks in the Living Shipwreck, featuring a WW II German U-boat replica. Laugh at the antics of playful river otters, touch a stingray or enjoy programs free with admission. Field trips and other activities are available for additional fees. On-site snack bar and gift shop.

Reviewed By krissybee1979 - Wilmington, North Carolina

I’ll three of North Carolina aquariums are different. They have some similarities, but also unique. I like this one because it’s organized by region of the state and it flows nicely. It’s very educational and relaxing. I love the outside walkway and it’s great views. The kids love the climbing nets and the tire swing on the playground.

4. Fort Macon

2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512-5633 +1 252-726-3775
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4.5 based on 469 reviews

Fort Macon

A Civil War fortress located at the entrance of Beaufort Inlet.

Reviewed By alani312016 - Fayetteville, North Carolina

We visited in the middle of the week and it was a really nice visit. Not crowded at all and the grounds were very clean and inviting. Very informative about the history of this location and very nice pictures to look at. There is a lot of walking to do, so wear comfortable shoes and sunscreen is a must. Also a water bottle is recommended. I didn't see any place to grab a snack, so be prepared. Parking was very easy, but only if its on a non-busy weekday.

5. North Carolina Maritime Museum

315 Front St, Beaufort, Beaufort, NC 28516-2124 +1 252-728-7317
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4.5 based on 731 reviews

North Carolina Maritime Museum

Premier museum that has a large collection of boats, models, decoys and dioramas about life in coastal North Carolina.

Reviewed By krissybee322 - Wilmington, North Carolina

The museum is definitely worth visiting. Admission is free, but you are free to give a donation, which should be done to help keep it open. There were artifacts and historical accounts about Blackbeards Queen Annes Revenge, in addition to many interesting historical maritime exhibits.

6. Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground

400 block of Ann Street, Beaufort, NC 28516 +1 252-728-5225
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4.5 based on 344 reviews

Beaufort Historic Site Old Burying Ground

Reviewed By Sue P - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

The graves here tell the story of Beaufort in the 18th century. The atmosphere created by old trees and massive wisteria vines is somber and peaceful. Pay your dollar for the guide and stick to the recommended path - and watch your step as there are roots waiting to trip you up.

7. Oceanana Pier & Pier House Restaurant

700 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512-5424 +1 252-726-0863
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4.5 based on 136 reviews

Oceanana Pier & Pier House Restaurant

Reviewed By Hank H - Virginia

My wife and I visited here one evening on a getaway vacation to nearby Beaufort and we enjoyed the view while watching the sun set. We tried two of their specialty mixed drinks and were disappointed, however. Nothing distinguishing about them, and rather weak.

TIP: Definitely worth a visit, but stick with beer, which is harder to screw up.

8. History Museum of Carteret County

1008 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557-4143 +1 252-247-7533
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4 based on 34 reviews

History Museum of Carteret County

Reviewed By Sheila M - Broad Creek, North Carolina, United States

This is a great little museum that centers on the local history of the area. It is a free museum, too. Great way to spend a hour and learn a bit more about Carteret County. The facility also hosts numerous other events, like weddings, craft fairs, meetings, etc.

9. Big Rock Stadium

2714 Mayberry Loop Rd, Morehead City, NC 28557-3435
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Big Rock Stadium

Reviewed By CarolinaThinBlue - Morehead City, North Carolina

We have watched many ball games here. A great venue for watching college level talent. Nice stadium. All seats are uncovered so bring an umbrella for shade or rain. Prices are reasonable for a ballpark. Great for all ages.

10. Beaufort Historic Site Visitor Center and Museum

150 Turner St, Beaufort, NC 28516-2139 +1 252-728-5225
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4.5 based on 123 reviews

Beaufort Historic Site Visitor Center and Museum

North Carolina's third oldest town, Beaufort lies on the coast bordering the southern tip of the Outer Banks. Originally a fishing village and port of safety dating from the late 1600's, Beaufort has been visited by patriots, privateers, merchants, and skilled craftsmen who built Bahamian and West Indian style homes and public buildings. On the Beaufort Historic Site, you can take advantage of the six professionally restored buildings, tour the Old Burying Grounds, and take a tour aboard a vintage English Double Decker Bus. Beaufort, NC truly is where history meets the sea.

Reviewed By Hank H - Virginia

Came here with the wife on a weekend getaway and we were both quite impressed by the quality of this Visitor Center, which is as much a History museum as it is a place to talk with very welcoming staff. There were presentations by period-dressed staff for school children when we were there (we eavesdropped to learn a little ourselves) and you can walk the site, entering a number of restored buildings.

TIP: Highly recommended as a first stop if you are new to Beaufort.

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