The Tale of Two Cities By The Sea: Morehead City and Beaufort

The Tale of Two Cities By The Sea

Don’t miss the chance to explore Beaufort and Morehead City during your stay on the Crystal Coast. These two neighboring waterfront towns are pleasantly unique and exploding with character and history.

Morehead City

Endless activities await in the largest town in Carteret County. Go fishing on a charter boat or sit and watch the daily catch arrive at the docks. Adventurous eaters can partake in restaurant-hopping with phenomenal views to sample fresh local seafood appetizers. Absorb our coastal history at The History Place, a museum committed to preserving the culture of The Crystal Coast, or go on an excursion to Sugarloaf Island. Make your way into the many local shops and boutiques, or spend a rainy day crafting your own pottery or painting at one of the local galleries. Get social on the waterfront with live music most weekends, or give your taste buds an adventure by sampling craft beer and aged cheeses.


Just across the bridge is one of our most treasured destinations. See for yourself why Beaufort was voted America’s Favorite Small Town by Travel and Leisure. Take a stroll down the Beaufort waterfront for a day of casual shopping, sightseeing and great food. You can also pack your own lunch and take the ferry across Taylor’s Creek to Carrot Island where you can see wild ponies in their natural waterfront habitat. If you’re a foodie, you won’t want to miss out on Hungry Town Tours Bike Culinary Tour and sample some of Beaufort’s finest restaurants.
Experience a spooky downtown adventure on the Beaufort Ghost Walk while learning of haunted houses and treacherous pirates. While you’re there, pay a visit to the NC Maritime Museum to learn about our maritime history. If you’re an adventurous water enthusiast, be sure to go kayaking, parasailing or take a paddle board lesson. With several guided tours and activities available, you’ll never be short of amusement and rich history on the Beaufort waterfront.