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Explore all there is to see, do, and enjoy in downtown Morehead City. Our downtown district is home to a mix of independently owned shops, restaurants, professional services, philanthropic organizations, unique experiences and recreation opportunities - ideally located along the waters of the Crystal Coast. Whether you're a first-time visitor, or a lifelong resident, there's always something new and inviting to experience here. 

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While you're downtown you can learn about the area's coastal heritage, get a taste of local seafood dishes with waterfront views, or stroll and shop until you find just the thing. It's the perfect spot for a weekend getaway, family vacation, or an afternoon outing, and our laid-back, friendly atmosphere draws people back time and time again. Read more about all that Downtown Morehead City has to offer in the text below. 

Annual Events

Downtown Morehead City hosts many events throughout the year including some hallmark annual events such as the Big Rock Blue Marlin Fishing Tournament, the North Carolina Seafood Festival, and the Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla boat parade. For more information on event listings and schedules, check out our Events Page.


Our downtown district is steeped in history, charm, and beautiful scenery that continues to inspire vibrant and unique artwork. Spend some time in our independent art galleries, viewing murals and public art installations, scouting historic homes, strolling along heritage walking routes, and more while downtown.


Locals tip - we recommend visiting the Arts Council of Carteret County's store, the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum Store, and the History Museum of Carteret County!


Grab the kids and make your way to downtown Morehead City for some family-friendly fun.


Did you know? There are three different playgrounds within our downtown district, plus multiple public water access points and green spaces, in addition to the ferries and charters that depart from the downtown waterfront to sandy destinations just off the coast. Rainy days are the perfect excuse for a tour of the History Museum or a trip to Parson's General Store for a special treat. 


Downtown Morehead City is ideally located on a peninsula surrounded by waters of the Bogue Sound, Newport River, and Calico Creek - just a short distance from the open expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. Our coastal environment is home to many birds, fish, and other marine creatures that call the Crystal Coast home.


We enjoy a year-round temperate climate, perfect for exploring all of the public parks and water access points no matter the season. Bring a bike, boat, fishing pole, or walking shoes to enjoy our natural assets! For a full list of parks and access locations, visit the Town of Morehead City's Parks & Recreation website page


Tranquility is a massage spa that not only offers numerous massage options, but also skin care and waxing. For our fitness friends downtown Morehead City will not disappoint! Downtown Barre, Sound Side Pilates, Core 925, and Bodhi Yoga are the places to be! Downtown Barre offers Barre, Bike, and Yoga classes. Sound Side Pilates offers private Pilates classes. Core 925 offers one-on-one and group training sessions. And, Bodhi Yoga offers different levels of Yoga, as well as Massage and Reiki.


The Bask Hotel is located downtown among the hustle and bustle of Shepard Street. You will enjoy the breathtaking sights and sounds of this waterfront hotel, where you will view a continuous stream of boating life while personally partaking in coastal living at its finest. 


We have a whole slew of exciting waterfront attractions and activities! Trusty Sail and Paddle offers sailing lessons and kayak, surfboard, and paddle board rentals. We have numerous charter boats to take you out fishing like The Carolina Princess. Check out our Play page for all of the Charter boat options!


Downtown Morehead City also offers a ferry system that can run you to the various islands around us with a fully narrated trip and a public boat ramp on 10th Street. 

Arts Culture Heritage
Family Friendly Fun
Parks & Nature
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