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Morehead CityUnited States of America

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.

Top Hotels in Morehead City

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
DoubleTree by Hilton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront
DoubleTree by Hilton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront
3.5 out of 5
2717 W Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC
The price is $86 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Nestled on the beach, this Atlantic Beach hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Country Club of the Crystal Coast, Hoop Pole Creek Nature Trail, and Coral Bay Shopping ...

3.9/5Very Good! (950 reviews)

"Great location would stay again , great value and good food"…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront
The Inn At Pine Knoll Shores
The Inn At Pine Knoll Shores
3 out of 5
511 Salter Path Rd, Pine Knoll Shores, NC
The price is $122 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 5

This Pine Knoll Shores hotel is on the beach, 2 mi (3.2 km) from North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Country Club of the ...

4.2/5Very Good! (940 reviews)

"Great place to stay. Very clean. Staff were nice anx very helpful. Would stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2020

The Inn At Pine Knoll Shores
Bask Hotel at Big Rock Landing, Trademark Coll by Wyndham
Bask Hotel at Big Rock Landing, Trademark Coll by Wyndham
2.5 out of 5
814 Shepard Street, Morehead City, NC
The price is $107 per night from Sep 30 to Oct 1

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 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (354 reviews)

"Good views and location.Within walking distance to many restaurants and shops."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Bask Hotel at Big Rock Landing, Trademark Coll by Wyndham

Popular places to visit in Morehead City

North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores
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North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

4.5/5(118 reviews)

Make time to visit the sea life at North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and find out why this is a popular attraction in Pine Knoll Shores. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier
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Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier

4.5/5(106 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Emerald Isle with a trip to Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Beaufort Historic Site
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Beaufort Historic Site

4.5/5(112 reviews)

Learn about the local history of Beaufort when you take a trip to Beaufort Historic Site. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

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