Morehead City, NC

Travel Guide
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.

Garnet Inn & Suites, Morehead City near Atlantic Beach
Garnet Inn & Suites, Morehead City near Atlantic Beach
2.5 out of 5
3100 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC, 28557
The price is $79 per night from Oct 9 to Oct 10
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Morehead City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Popular attractions Morehead Plaza Shopping Center ...
2.8/5 (48 reviews)
"It was a great stay... Clean no smell like other places ...overall I would come back for sure on next stay in town ."

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2022

Hampton Inn Morehead City
Hampton Inn Morehead City
2.5 out of 5
4035 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC, 28557
The price is $105 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Morehead City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,000 reviews)
Nice place to stay
"The hotel is updated, bed was comfortable, and everything was clean"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

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, 28557
The price is $112 per night from Oct 30 to Oct 31
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Morehead City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (414 reviews)
"Enjoyed our short stay."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2022

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.
Beautiful private suite close to all attractions
Beautiful private suite close to all attractions
Morehead City, NC
Stay at this apartment in Morehead City. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Popular attractions Morehead Plaza Shopping Center and Big Rock Stadium are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Anniversary vacation with a few unplanned events made better by Randy.
"Finding this gem was a total accident but was by far the best experience we have had. Randy was everything and more then what prior reviews stated he was. Friendly, knowledgeable, and very pleasant. Please check out his fruit trees out back, they have some of the best pears I’ve ever tasted. Even ..."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2022

Atlantic Beach Resort, a Ramada by Wyndham
Atlantic Beach Resort, a Ramada by Wyndham
3 out of 5
715 W. Fort Macon Rd., Atlantic Beach, NC, 28512
Stay at this 3-star beach aparthotel in Atlantic Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (842 reviews)
"Enjoyed our short stay. Room was just right for us. Very clean. Ice maker did not work but other than that all was good. Will book again."

Reviewed on Sep 28, 2022

A Place at the Beach by VRI Americas
A Place at the Beach by VRI Americas
2.5 out of 5
1904 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC, 28512
Stay at this family-friendly apartment in Atlantic Beach. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a waterslide. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4/5 Very Good! (146 reviews)
A wonderful place to stay !
"It had everything for a family . Washer and dryer inside 2 bedroom units , playground , indoor and outdoor pool, water slide . Very nice !"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2022

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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