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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Aquarium
“Located 5 miles west of Atlantic Beach, this aquarium is a great place to spend a rainy day or to take a break from the hot sun. The Aquarium's expansive galleries can accommodate large crowds. But, if you like things a little quieter, consider the first two hours in the morning and the last two hours in the afternoon, which are not as busy as mid-day. Summer is the busiest time of year. Fall, winter and spring are great times to visit.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Park
“An incredibly well preserved Civil War era fort. The displays are authentic and the view? Whew!! From the top of the wall one could see the ships at sea for miles. The property includes a huge area of public beaches where you can stretch out and set up a picnic on the water all alone.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Great for history buffs. The very knowledgeable staff make this place amazing! Our tour of the palace was engaging for all ages. The grounds are beautiful. The kitchen staff was really informative. It is breathtaking. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Beach
“Shackleford Banks, the southern-most barrier island in Cape Lookout National Seashore, is home to more than 100 wild horses. Venture out by boat or passenger ferry to enjoy the rare privilege of watching horses that live without the help of man. Appreciate the horses' tenacity and watch their social behaviors.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bar
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“Morehead City Waterfront dining. Fantastic food! One of my favorite places to eat. You may find a waiting line but it will be worth the wait.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Beaufort Grocery has an amazing prepared foods market with three kinds of lasagna and other delicious foods, plus sandwiches and salads. Stop by and stock up! Casseroles, chicken pot pie, country ham sweet potato biscuits and more! Located in the new Beau Coast Subdivision just down the street from our cottage. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Nature
“Fort Macon State Park has multiple personalities as the site of a perfectly restored Civil War-era fort, a museum-quality coastal education center and an unspoiled shoreline for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing. Nearly surrounded by water at the eastern tip of Bogue Banks, the park offers undisturbed natural beauty and opportunities to explore and learn about salt marshes, estuaries and dune fields. The fort — once a project of Robert E. Lee as a young army engineer—has a history as intricate and unique as the ecosystem. Cannon and musket demonstrations and guided tours are regular features, complementing extensive exhibits indoors and out. A bathhouse and wheelchair-accessible beachside areas complete the recreational fare.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bar
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“It has the best food and atmosphere in town, however there is always a wait- everyone both locals and visitors agree it is worth it! Get there an hour before you plan on eating....”
  • 14 locals recommend
Museum
“Check out the history of the local fishing villages and see some fantastic hand carved decoys.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
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“I love taking family that is visiting from out of state here. The decor of the restaurant is fabulous and unique. The food is delicious and if you are in need a something quick their takeout is fast and convenient.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Lighthouse
“Built in 1859, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse is located on the Cape Lookout National Seashore. There is a Light Station Visitor Center and Keeper's Quarters Museum also on the premises. The lighthouse is open for climbing on Tuesday - Saturdays, plus holiday weekend Sundays, from mid-May to mid-September. Climbs begin every 15 minutes. Please be aware that tickets to climb are required. Advance reservations are available by calling us to reserve. Climbers who are 12 years old or younger must be accompanied by someone 16 years of age or older. Accessible only by private boat or ferry service (available for a fee).”
  • 9 locals recommend
Museum
“History of Blackbeard the Pirate's pirate ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, that was discovered off the Beaufort Inlet”
  • 22 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a very nice restaurant that has a roof top lounge where you can look out over the ocean and the sound”
  • 11 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“This building was originally used by the investor of Pepsi and it now is a lovely American bistro.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Museum
“The museum is free (or donation) with many interesting exhibits appropriate for adults and children. We include it when we visit the shops and eat out at one of the waterfront restaurants.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“Great tours. Great walk around the Palace. One block away from home. Trent River on the back side of Tryon Palace”
  • 17 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bar
“Morehead City Waterfront dining. Fantastic food! One of my favorite places to eat. You may find a waiting line but it will be worth the wait.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beaufort Grocery has an amazing prepared foods market with three kinds of lasagna and other delicious foods, plus sandwiches and salads. Stop by and stock up! Casseroles, chicken pot pie, country ham sweet potato biscuits and more! Located in the new Beau Coast Subdivision just down the street from our cottage. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Bar
“It has the best food and atmosphere in town, however there is always a wait- everyone both locals and visitors agree it is worth it! Get there an hour before you plan on eating....”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bar
“I love taking family that is visiting from out of state here. The decor of the restaurant is fabulous and unique. The food is delicious and if you are in need a something quick their takeout is fast and convenient.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This is a very nice restaurant that has a roof top lounge where you can look out over the ocean and the sound”
  • 11 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“This building was originally used by the investor of Pepsi and it now is a lovely American bistro.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Food is good, solid fare at reasonable prices. The service is decent and it's possible to get a good view. They have sushi night ever Monday, which is great. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“New England Seafood. From Maine to the Chesapeake fare, live lobsters, clams, oysters and all the rest. Properly prepared. limited seating, indulge yourself, close your eyes and your back in a casual New England Seaport Restaurant. Reasonable pricing, good service cafe and indoor dinning. ”
  • 15 locals recommend

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