Morehead City, NC

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Morehead City showing a lighthouse, general coastal views and tranquil scenes

With its shipwrecks just offshore and fresh seafood just off the boat, it is easy to see why visitors flock to this coastal North Carolina city.

Calling Morehead a city is a bit of a misnomer, although it is the largest town in North Carolina’s Crystal Coast region. This charming coastal town’s location is convenient, very close to the Outer Banks and Bogue Banks, but it is also a destination in its own right.

The Morehead City Waterfront scenic promenade along the harbor is full of shops, cafés, and restaurants. Watch fishing boats dock after a day on the Atlantic Ocean. Eat the fresh seafood they harvest at one of Morehead City's many fish markets and seafood restaurants. To try your own fishing luck, hop on a charter boat for a day on the open sea.

Scuba diving is one of Morehead City's most popular recreational activities. Explore the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Settled beneath these treacherous waters between the Chesapeake Bay and the Outer Banks are numerous famous shipwrecks, including the WWII German submarine, U-352. Onshore, dive into the area’s history at The History Place. Visitors of all ages enjoy hands-on exhibits devoted to the heritage of Carteret County and the surrounding area.

The Crystal Coast Jubilee live entertainment venue puts on concerts, magic shows, plays and more. Expect to find something to appeal to a range of tastes, from Motown to Shakespeare.

Morehead City also hosts several regular events that attract crowds every year. Indulge your candy cravings at the Carolina Chocolate Festival, held every February. For one week every June, fishermen descend upon Morehead City to try to catch the largest blue marlin during the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament. In October, the North Carolina Seafood Festival features sporting events, entertainment and of course, seafood, from traditional favorites to exotic fare.

Whether you visit during the bustling summer months or in the sleepy off-season, Morehead City provides entertainment for all ages for days. This seaside town gives you all the beauty and fun of the North Carolina coast without the crowds of the Outer Banks.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Morehead Cty, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Morehead Cty, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
5063 Executive Dr, Morehead City, NC
The price is $101 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Situated in Morehead City, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Brandywine Bay Country Club and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Carteret Community College. Morehead Plaza Shopping ...
4.1/5Very Good! (330 reviews)
"I would recommend to give options for people that don't want rooms below other rooms with kids."

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Morehead Cty, an IHG Hotel
Hampton Inn Morehead City
Hampton Inn Morehead City
2.5 out of 5
4035 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC
The price is $132 per night from Sep 28 to Sep 28
Situated in Morehead City, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Carteret Community College and within 3 mi (5 km) of Morehead Plaza Shopping Center and Big Rock ...
4.2/5Excellent! (943 reviews)
"Very clean! The staff is extremely nice and very helpful! We will stay here again!"

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2021

Hampton Inn Morehead City
Bask Hotel at Big Rock Landing, Trademark Coll by Wyndham
Bask Hotel at Big Rock Landing, Trademark Coll by Wyndham
3.5 out of 5
814 Shepard Street, Morehead City, NC
The price is $102 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in the heart of Morehead City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Arts and Things Gallery, Morehead City Yacht Basin, and Morehead City Port. Morehead ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (530 reviews)
"Excellent staff. Very efficient check in/out process. Property in great shape in a nice area. Everything was clean! Highly recommend! Would stay here again."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

Bask Hotel at Big Rock Landing, Trademark Coll by Wyndham
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Upstairs retreat with private stairs.
Upstairs retreat with private stairs.
Morehead City, NC
The price is $75 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Morehead Plaza Shopping Center and Carteret Community College. Big Rock Stadium and Arts ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Perfect size
"Comfortable and very nice place for our one night stay. Would've stayed longer but we were just passing through. Owner is very nice and made us feel at home. Would definitely recommend!!!"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Upstairs retreat with private stairs.
Luxury Sailing Yacht
Luxury Sailing Yacht
Morehead City, NC
Situated on the waterfront, this houseboat is steps from Morehead City Port and Morehead City Yacht Basin. Arts and Things Gallery and Morehead Plaza Shopping ...
Luxury Sailing Yacht
Calico Escape_Water View Studio in Morehead City
Calico Escape_Water View Studio in Morehead City
Morehead City, NC
Located in the heart of Morehead City, this historic apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Arts and Things Gallery and Big Rock Stadium. Morehead Plaza ...
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"Prime spot for peace & tranquility"

Reviewed on Sep 8, 2021

Calico Escape_Water View Studio in Morehead City
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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