Morehead City Travel Guide

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Morehead City Things to Do

  • Visit The History Place

    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 History Place is...

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  • Mystery Boat Tours

    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 boatsUnder construction

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  • North Carolina Seafood Festival

    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...

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Morehead City Restaurants

  • Oldest and best, but pricey

    To get seafood any fresher than you can get here, you would have to be on the boat which caught it. Opened in 1938, the Sanitary is one of the most well known seafood restaurants on the Carolina coasts. It is always busy and the aromas of fresh seafood may be a bit strong at times and in certain parts of the building but the food and service are...

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  • Mid-Atlantic Steakhouse

    We went to eat over the bridge in Morehead City - we went out looking for Charlie's, and could not find it. We saw AJ's but we ended up eating at a chain called Texas Steakhouse. It was reasonable. I had a half rack of ribs and Bob had a sirloin steak. It was $31.50 including tip.

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  • Since 1938

    This restaurant with a funny name is a down-to-earth family seafood restaurant where you can eat watching the sunset over the ICW. The name is explained on the menu and on their website as follows:"On February 10, 1938, two partners, Tony Seamon and Ted Garner, opened a fresh seafood market on the Morehead Waterfront. A small building had been...

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Morehead City Nightlife

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    by grandmaR Written Mar 9, 2005

    There are bars and grills along the waterfront of Morehead City, but they seem to be dark inside type of places. Perhaps I have been influenced by having come from Key West, but I see no point in being on the waterfront and NOT being able to see the water and at least the reflection of the sunset.

    Sunset from the Sanitary Restaurant
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Morehead City Off The Beaten Path

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    by grandmaR Written Mar 25, 2005

    This is a dealer in antique and classic cars at 1308 Arendell St, Morehead City, NC 28557. I didn't see it until we were on the way out, so I didn't get a chance to look here.

    Shelby's
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Morehead City Sports & Outdoors

  • Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament

    If you are a deep sea fisherman or have thrilled at those pictures of magnificent fish literally battling for their lives against a human antagonist on the other end of yards and yards of seemingly invisible line and a rod bent almost double by the strain, you should probably try to schedule some time in Morehead City in June, usually the first or...

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  • 70 West Marina

    I have not stayed here, but we passed it by car in the spring of 2005. It is on Pellitier Creek and offers dry storage for 350 boats. They are also a dealer for the sale and repair of Mercury, Volvo and Yamaha outboards. Judging from that, it seems like it would not be an appropriate marina for a sailboat.

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  • Where to get great "Bottom Fishing"...

    Hospitality is very important these days. I had an opportunity to go "Bottom Fishing" with the greatest crew at Morehead City, North Carolina as well as in other areas along the Atlantic Coast. The experience began when I made a call to the Continental Shelf. What a name, I had no idea that this would be a trip of great fun. The man on the other...

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Morehead City Favorites

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    by grandmaR Updated Mar 30, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Morehead City and Beaufort are the Twin Cities of North Carolina. Traditionally, Morehead City is the power boat side and Beaufort is the sail boat side.

    Beaufort inlet is an all-weather inlet and Morehead City is one of two NC ports (I think the other one is Wilmington on the Cape Fear River). You can see a little of the inlet on the Beaufort side on my Beaufort pages.

    When we transit the ICW, we have to cross the turning basin of Morehead City. (Where the big ships turn around - not a place you want to be if that is happening - I've never witnessed it, but the phrase "squashed like a bug" comes to mind.)

    Morehead City is also near Camp LeJeune and Cherry Point Air Base (both US Marine bases). When you travel south from Morehead City on the ICW you sometimes have to stop while they conduct live ammunition exercises at Camp LeJeune.

    Fondest memory: We've always sailed past Morehead City, but we have now driven through it in the car. The last couple of times we went through the turning basin, it was full of fishing boats from a fishing tournament.

    I have read about it (I read the guidebooks out loud to Bob as we go by). It was named after John Motley Morehead, governor of North Carolina from 1841 to 1845. He envisioned "a great commercial city" where Shepherd's Point intersected with the Newport River and Beaufort Inlet.

    Now in addition to being a port, Morehead City is a fishing town, and there is some wreck diving.

    Freighter at Morehead City dock Going over the bridge instead of going under it Fishing tournament in the port Bridge from Beaufort Freigher in entrance channel
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