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7 Best Things To Do In Morehead City, North Carolina - Updated 2019

Jessica
Updated Jan 31, 2019

Morehead City in North Carolina is a pictures coastal town - a real gem on the Crystal Coast. The town’s history spans decades which has resulted in a collection of interesting tourist destinations dotted around the city. Morehead City is the perfect getaway from crowded towns as it offers visitors gorgeous sandy beaches, a temperate climate and a relaxing time by the waterfront. Read on to learn more about the best things to do in Morehead City!

1. Fort Macon State Park


Fort Macon has many roles. Primarily it is a state park located on a perfectly restored Civil War era fort. During the summer months it is the site of Civil War re-enactments . Another role of the Fort Macon is as a coastal education centre. As Fort Macon is almost entirely surrounded by water its location is perfect for educating people about estuaries, salt marshes and dune fields. Finally Fort Macon State Park also acts as an ideal spot for swimming surf fishing and beachcombing. The unspoilt coast serves as a lovely backdrop for this once strategically important military base.

Fort Macon State Park

Address: 2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach 28512

Website: Fort Macon State Park

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2. North Carolina Maritime Museum

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The North Carolina Maritime Museums are collection of three museums which aim to ‘preserve, protect and present North Carolina’s coastal history’. The museums explain how important the sea it to North Carolina’s survival through exhibitions about fishing, boat building, piracy, decoy carving, life-saving, war, underwater archaeology, shipwrecks, boating, the seafood industry, and marine life, science and ecology. Get hands on experience through their interactive workshops or wander the museum yourself and look at vintage boats and equipment.

North Carolina Maritime Museum

Address: 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516

Website: NC Maritime Museum

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3. Crystal Coast Lady Cruises


Morehead City is surrounded by water. Take advantage of the calm seas by going on a cruise around the bay. Crystal Coast Lady is the largest cruise ship in the area with many unique facilities such as a customisable enclosed top deck suited for any occasion, a kids’ steering station and giant bow viewing areas. A variety of cruises are on offer ranging from half day family fishing and dolphin watching excursions to romantic lunch or dinner cruises. For special occasions such as a solar or lunar eclipse the add an extra service for those wishing to watch the scene uninterrupted by buildings. If you’re here with your family or on a romantic getaway, Crystal Coast Lady Cruises are a must.

Crystal Coast Lady Cruise

Address: 600 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516

Website: Crystal Coast Lady

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4.History Museum of Carteret County


North Carolina is one of the oldest states in America and its long and varied history is collected and presented in the History Museum of Carteret County (formerly known as ‘The History Place’). The stories told here at the museum start from Native American tales and finish after World War Two. The museum is full of artefacts and displays which will interest even the most reluctant museum-goer. Onsite there is also a library housing over 10,000 books and extensive photo fil of Carteret County residents. The museum aims to preserve the history and culture of the county for future generations through collections of household items, clothing and memorabilia for the future generations of North Carolina state.

The History Museum of Carteret County

Address: 1008 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557

Website: History Museum

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5.Old Burying Ground


Located a stone’s throw away from the water front is Morehead City’s spookiest venue. The Old Burying Ground dates as far back as the 1700s-making it older than the country itself- which also means it has about three centuries of ghost and ghouls haunting the place. The cemetery was filled up by the mid-19th century and has now become a popular tourist destination. You can locate some of the famous locals here or you can just admire the beautiful stonework of each headstone. See if you can find the gravesite of a child who perished at sea and was buried in a keg of rum, or perhaps the famed North Carolina privateer Otway Burns. If you’re lucky you might find the crew of the “Crissie Wright,” which was shipwrecked during a winter storm in 1886.

The Old Burying Ground

Address: 400 Block Of Ann Street, Beaufort, NC 28516

Website: Old Burying Ground

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6. Scuba Diving


Perhaps something lively and adventurous is more your cup of tea. If that’s the case then you should try scuba diving. Morehead City is surrounded by water which makes it the ideal location for plunging under the sea. If the waters around Morehead City could talk, they’d have many stories to tell. To discover what they have to say you’ll have to dive into what is known to be North America’s healthiest marine habitat. Under the sea you’ll encounter different sea species and maybe even a shipwreck or two. You’ll be spoilt for choice for scuba diving companies wishing to show you the depths of the ocean so make sure to do your research beforehand.

Olympus Diving

Address: 713 Shepard St, Morehead City, NC 28557

Website: Olympus Diving

Discovery Diving

Address: 414 Orange St Beaufort, North Carolina 28516

Website: Discovery Diving

Diver Down Diving Service

Address: 2219 North Rd, Morehead City, NC 28557

Website: Diver Down

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7. Hungry Town Guided Tours


Perhaps you prefer to keep your head above water, and if that’s true then the perfect excursion for you is the Hungry Town Guided Tours. Whether you prefer cycling or walking the guides at Hungry Town aim to please. They offer a variety of tours such as a the ‘Hidden Beaufort’ tour or the 'Legends and Lore of the sea’ tour. One of the most popular tours is the culinary tour where tourists stop at a number of restaurants and cafes in the area and sample some of the local delicacies. The enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides leave every customer satisfied.

Hungry Town Guided Tours

Address: 400 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516

Website: Hungry Town Guided Tours

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Enjoy the peace and serenity in the coastal town of Morehead City. This picturesque getaway spot is ideal for those looking to escape the crowded cities and reconnect with nature.

This article was originally published on Jul 27, 2017

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