Morehead City

Morehead City is a must-visit for any tourist coming to the Crystal Coast. With nearly 10,000 residents, Morehead City is the largest town in Carteret County. This active community also attracts Summer tourists because of the many things to do in the area. There are many different types of restaurants as well as activities and nightlife. Morehead City hosts various festivals and tournaments, such as the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.

Three bodies of water surround the quaint town of Morehead City, the waterway, Newport River, and Calico Creek. Interestingly enough though it doesn’t touch the Atlantic Ocean, the massive body of water is at the south and east of the town because of the coast’s unique curved structure.

HOT SPOTS

Boats docked at downtown morehead city

DOWNTOWN MOREHEAD CITY: Shop, dine, and play in downtown Morehead City. Don’t miss taking in the waterfront as well! The variety of restaurants and shops make the Morehead City waterfront a popular draw. You can watch the boats come in with their fresh catch or just sit and enjoy the views as the local boat tours float by. You may even see dolphins playing in the water. 

Jack's Waterfront Restaurant with views of the water

JACK’S WATERFRONT BAR: Looking for nightlife in Morehead City? Head down to Jack’s Waterfront Bar. There’s always something happening at Jack’s. Live music and a variety of events keep locals and visitors coming back time and time again.  You’ll also enjoy the menu at Jack’s Wood Fired Kitchen, too! 

LOCAL FAVORITES

Sign at the entrance of Shevan's Park

SHEVANS PARK: Found in the heart of Morehead City just a couple of blocks from the waterfront. Take the kids here and enjoy a day away from the beach while still experiencing the coast! Kids will enjoy slides, swings, rope obstacles, and ‘hide-outs’. Parents will be able to relax on the nearby benches while still having the kids in sight. 

Beautiful exterior view of Friendly Market

THE FRIENDLY MARKET: Beginning as a farmer’s market-style this family-0wned business has evolved into over 4 acres that house a storefront, produce area, and full-service nursery that partners with local growers and vendors. There’s an incomparable selection of high-quality foods packaged to go, as well as an area for fresh, local produce in season. 

two cups of coffee at Reed's Coffee and Art

REEDS COFFEE AND ART: Reed’s Coffee + Art + Framing doesn’t just serve delicious food and organic coffee and tea. You’ll also find a variety of beautiful art pieces sourced from local artists. If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, a hot cup of coffee, a casual meeting space or new artwork for your home, stop by and check them out.