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Things to do in Carteret County

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
“The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is a great place for couples, individuals, families or groups to visit. There are a variety of large habitats with everything from sharks and turtles to sea horses and mollusks. There are activities inside for kids as well as an outdoor playground. Outside you will find more exhibits, watching areas for observing the natural wildlife in the area, and extensive trails to explore.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Park
“Free! A beautiful old fort & beautiful trails. One short, one wooded, & one along the beach.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Bar
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“This local favorite is on the sound side across from the Oceanana Pier entrance. More than great food, eating at Amos Mosquito's is a unique experience. They take care of you while you wait with a beautiful view off of the dock connected to the restaurant as well as cornhole games set up outside with additional seating. The fun design and atmosphere inside completes the overall experience. ”
  • 16 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
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. ”
  • 17 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
Museum
“History of Blackbeard the Pirate's pirate ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, that was discovered off the Beaufort Inlet”
  • 21 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
Nature
“Visit Fort Macon for a self guided tour of the extensive exhibits indoors and out, cannon and musket demonstrations and enjoy the beautiful beach side areas. The Fort is 25 miles from Harkers Island and close to the Atlantic Beach shops, beaches and entertainment parks.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Park
“Colonial Governors ruled, legislators debated, patriots gathered and George Washington danced. At Tryon Palace, where British rule once flourished, American independence took root and the state of North Carolina was born. Here you can still experience the adventure of North Carolina’s earliest beginnings and a living history like no other. Guided tours, live re-enactments and conversations with costumed interpreters from centuries past bring history to life in vivid detail at the Governor’s Palace, Gardens and Historic Homes. And, at the new high-tech North Carolina History Center, interactive games and hands-on exhibits delight visitors young and old. Whether you’re exploring one of our riverside gardens or sharpening your skills as a quilter, printer, ship’s captain or blacksmith, there are endless opportunities for making cherished family memories at Tryon Palace.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Pub
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“Great local spot for drinks. They have a great patio area and have bands on the weekend.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Try the crab dip and crossiants!! They are always amazing!! The view is beautiful and makes for a great back drop. Usually there are plenty of turtles gathered below in the water waiting for you to toss it some dinner! Kids and adults will love this place!”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bar
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“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
Place to eat
“This is a great place to see the sun come up or go down! Grab a pole and fish off the pier, but get a license at the desk first! Take in the air and sit a while and you can people or fish watch! Hopefully you will see a dolphin or two while you are there!”
  • 17 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

Top restaurants

Bar
“This local favorite is on the sound side across from the Oceanana Pier entrance. More than great food, eating at Amos Mosquito's is a unique experience. They take care of you while you wait with a beautiful view off of the dock connected to the restaurant as well as cornhole games set up outside with additional seating. The fun design and atmosphere inside completes the overall experience. ”
  • 16 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
“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
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
“Try the crab dip and crossiants!! They are always amazing!! The view is beautiful and makes for a great back drop. Usually there are plenty of turtles gathered below in the water waiting for you to toss it some dinner! Kids and adults will love this place!”
  • 15 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
Bar
“We've eaten lunch here and enjoyed a wonderful meal on New Year's Eve. Every visit is rich in Southern hospitality and wonderful eats.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Best waterview, on deck dining. Get there early if you want the deck. Great appetizers to share.”
  • 14 locals recommend

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