When we passed through Morehead City by boat for the last time, we saw the Mystery out fishing with the other fishing boats and advertising Harbor Tours. They apparently do both tours and fishing on this boat. For fishing the charge is $30 for a adult. They also have two other boats
According to their website, The History Place, owned and operated by The Carteret County Historical Society, is "Your place to:
RESEARCH your family tree,
DISCOVER our coastal heritage,
ENJOY our programs,
BROWSE in our museum store
and have a cup of tea in THE TEA CLIPPER.
It is open 10AM to 4PM -- TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY."
The building which houses The History Place is a 12,000 sq ft facility The Carteret County Historical Research Association which is now the Carteret County Historical Society obtained the building about ten years ago and, as so often is the case, it was in serious disrepair. Through deft negotiations with the furniture store which had owned the building and adroit use of volunteers the building interior was demolished and renovations completed at minimal cost. The historical society moved into the building in 2001. The Jack Spencer Goodwin Library is considered to be the backbone of The History Place and The History Place is the primary source for genealogical research within Carteret County. The carriage, and other memorabilia, of Emeline Pigott, a prominent Confederate spy during the Civil war are also housed here along with a very notable Civil War collection. It is alleged that Miss Pigott could carry more items of importance in her petticoat than could be accomodated in any modern suitcase. Other permanent and rotating exhibits include decoys, The History of Shrimp Boats, significant material related to the Tuscarora Indians, meeting rooms, an auditorium, and The Tea Clipper.
Although located within The History Place, The Tea Clipper is a seperate business operated by a private individual which offers desserts baked on the premises, soups, salads, and British-style "high tea."
If you like the idea of supporting relatively small museums like the history while you indulge your travel addiction, The History Place also coordinates two or three cruises per year which donate a portion of your fare to The History Place. This fall and winter, they have a European river cruise and two Caribbean cruises scheduled.
The Museum Store is a good bet if you would like to take home souvenirs other than sand, seashells, and stories of your adventures. Its inventory is built around local gifts and books but is not limited to these two areas. Areas wher the book collection is relatively strong include the Civil War, pirates, black history, and local cookbooks. Relatively unique gifts include Civil War collectibles, nautical ornaments, pottery, jewelry, and children's gifts.
Admission to all areas of The History Place is free.
If you love seafood and county fairs and the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is not your cup of tea, you may want to check out the NC Seafood Festival the first weekend in October. There are three stages which often showcase entertainment simultaneously, there are sporting events, a children's area, not to mention all kinds of seafood, a Ferris wheel and other rides. And, the Southern Outer Banks Boat and Outdoor Expo is also held in conjunction with this festival at the nearby State Port. (BTW, on Saturday and Sunday, the best place to park is at the State Port and there are shuttle buses back and forth between the Port and the festival site, althogh the two sites are within walking distance of each other for most festival goers.)
Try the shrimpburger.
Atlantic Beach is for Relaxing ! If you want the crowds of Myrtle Beach - go there.
Start your morning with a walk or run along the beach. Watch for seashells during the early morning hours during your walk/run. Enjoy the peace and quiet.
Next eat lunch at the Sanitary Fish Market - overlooking the bay from your waterfront window seat in the restaurant. Great Food!
Then shop at the antique stores and get some fudge at the Fudge Factory in Beauford - a short drive down the road.
Later head back to the beach for a swim and some more relaxation.
You're on vacation - Relax
If you must do something - there is a Maritime Museum in Beauford and the NC Aquarium and plenty more - here's a good link of places to visit: