Fort Macon offers public access to the surf, sun and sand of the Crystal Coast – as well as a historic landmark. Located at the eastern end of Bogue Banks, one of a series of barrier islands along the North Carolina coast, the park is surrounded on three sides by water – the Atlantic Ocean, Beaufort Inlet and Bogue Sound. This area of undisturbed natural beauty is the perfect place to explore salt marshes and estuaries vital to the coastal ecosystem. The park is also home to a Civil War fort with a history as intricate and unique as the waterways of the sound. Visit Fort Macon to enjoy the land’s natural beauty and soak up some history.
Atlantic Beach is situated on beautiful Bogue Banks, a barrier island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Bogue Sound. Known for its abundance of public beaches and friendly people, the town works to balance the needs of its citizens, visitors, businesses, and the delicate coastal environment. The Lighthouse Inn is just a few minutes away from Atlantic Beach. Check out Atlantic Beach’s website for information on upcoming events and other useful information.
Whether by foot or by water, Downtown has so much to do! Our waterfront bustles with fishing vessels and pleasure craft in equal numbers. Board an excursion boat to enjoy an ocean tour where you can see wild horses and plenty of marine life. Explore Sugarloaf Island , a natural area and nature trail across from the downtown waterfront. On land, explore some of the local trails including a Fish Walk and the Promise Land. Fish Walk is a public art trail featuring touchable statues of fish found in our local waters. It begins at the waterfront, brochures available. Promise Land Heritage Trail lets you explore the history of Morehead City’s downtown waterfront and Promise Land neighborhood. Brochures are available Stroll our streets lined with historic homes and visit the boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries along the way, then catch a concert during the summer at our waterfront park. LIVE THE WATERFRONT! Don’t miss The History Place where history comes alive with exhibits and programming about our area. Or check out the S.E.A. Room at the Webb Library and see artifacts from North Carolina Shipwrecks, chart your course, plan your voyage or investigate wreck sites before you dive. You’ll love what the region has to offer in addition to the fabulous beaches that you’ll want to return again and again!
Founded in 1709 and North Carolina’s 3rd oldest town, there is much to see and appreciate. There are many beautiful restored homes that pre-date the Civil War, and the water vista and tree lined streets are most picturesque. We are home to the North Carolina Maritime Museum and its Queen Anne Revenge artifacts from Blackbeard’s ship which sunk off the Beaufort Inlet. In fact, Beaufort in its early history was captured by pirates. Beaufort is also home to the noted Nicholas School of the Environment of Duke University and one of the earliest NOAA labs is still alive and thriving in Beaufort. Many yachts and sailboats moor in our Town public docks and you are welcome to walk the waterfront, enjoy the salt air and look across Taylors Creek for the wild ponies and horses that make their home on Carrot Island. You can take Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks excursions from our waterfront, kayak down Taylors Creek, or take a water taxi across Taylors Creek to swim and picnic on Carrot Island. You can also shop in specialty shops or eat in our great restaurants. You will then see why Look Magazine has designated Beaufort as the top undiscovered beach resort community.
North Carolina’s first capitol-where governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered, and George Washington danced. Meticulously reconstructed in the 1950′s, the original Tryon Palace was built between 1767 and 1770 for colonial Governor Tryon as the first permanent capitol of North Carolina. today visitors to the complex marvel at the palace’s English antiques, stroll its renowned garden, and learn about the various periods of New Bern’s proud history at the Academy Museum as well as the Stanly, Hay, and Dixon Houses.
The North Carolina Seafood Festival is in its 28th year. The North Carolina Seafood Festival is a not-for-profit organization of Carteret county citizens and business people, in conjunction with the town of Morehead City, N.C. Recognizing the importance of seafood to eastern North Carolina, Seafood Festival, Inc., organized to develop and conduct a festival every year, the first weekend in October, to: promote the positive social and economic impact of the seafood industry on the citizens of North Carolina; educate the public about seafood and its importance to the state economy; publicize the wide variety of seafood indigenous to North Carolina and provide the opportunity for people to enjoy it; boost tourism and recreation in eastern North Carolina in the non-summer months; establish a scholarship program for educational pursuits related to the seafood industry; provide the opportunity for North Carolina non-profit, civic, church and educational organizations to raise funds through participation in the festival. Festival proceeds are shared with community organizations who donate their efforts to the event. Since 1987, over $1.8 million has been dispersed among participating Carteret County non-profit groups.