What began as a commercial seaport, with one of the few deep ports on the North Carolina coast, is now home to some of the most beautiful beaches and delightful small town essence nestled in a charming sound-side community.
In 1841, then-Governor John Morehead foresaw the potential for a thriving city where Beaufort Inlet and the Newport River intersect. Like any good financial forecaster, Morehead and his associates promptly bought up large tracts of land in the area and worked to extend the North Carolina Railroad to bring in businesses and people. When the railroad was completed in 1858, available property sold in record time and Morehead City was born
Morehead City is centrally located on the Crystal Coast so that residents are only moments from the ocean, local museums and parks. Fishing charters abound and golf courses as well as adventures for children and adults are close at hand. With the ever growing expansion of the city more and more people are finding Morehead City as an ideal place to live.
Morehead City’s Annual North Carolina Seafood Festival, held every October, draws more than 125,000 seafood lovers from across the country for a fantastic weekend of feasting and fun. If you love seafood, this is an incredible celebration of the freshest, most tantalizingly prepared seafood as well as the town’s way of saying "thank you” to those staunch fishermen who often risk their lives to bring it to us.
From festivals, to entertainments, to incredible food, this enchanting beach town offers everything a person could ever ask. Whether you’re looking for a lazy, sun soaked place to work and play or a jumping environment that can keep you on the go for fun and entertainment, Morehead City is an ideal spot.
Industry has always thrived in this port town but over the years we have become known for more than our thriving exports. Historical and outdoor attractions are fast becoming one of the most sought out attractions Morehead City has to offer. Some of the most popular ones are The History Place, which has a quaint cafe attached called The infusion Cafe for history buffs to visit and enjoy. Helicopter Tours are always a big hit with the whole family and claim some of the most beautiful views on the whole of coastal NC, and the NC Aquarium at Pink Knoll Shores, currently featuring a penguin exhibit and a huge Living Shipwreck Shark Tank for year round fun.
Never to be missed while you are here is the fresh catch making our locally caught seafood a staple on the menu at local restaurants. Southern cooking also had deep roots here and one of the best places to eat for lunch is Piccatas, we strongly recommend the Wednesday Lunch Special Fried Chicken Plate. For a fun and energetic environment try the best wing place in town Raps.
If are looking it explore the lay of the land in Morehead City take a look at some of the most fun attractions we have to offer. The Morehead Center and Carolina Artists Studio are some of the more refine activities offered in Morehead City. You could also try out the local arcade and Putt-Putt adventure Mac Daddy's, giving you an entirely versatile landscape of things to do.
Today Morehead City is an ideal place in which to live. While it is still a busy commercial port, Morehead City has managed to preserve a small town charm and feel with its downtown mix of quaint shops, restaurants and surrounding cottages. Real Estate in Morehead City ranges from the beautifully restored and maintained cottages near the historic downtown area to new developments and established homes further out.
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