Destination guide

Escape to Morehead City with family and friends

The largest town on North Carolina's scenic Crystal Coast, Morehead City offers a vibrant waterside setting for picture-perfect getaways with family and friends. Stays here are filled with boutique shopping, seafood feasts, and baseball games at Big Rock Stadium, not to mention blissful days at the beach. Whether you're coming for the weekend or settling in for a longer break, Morehead City vacation rentals are a great choice for your stay. You might plump for a cozy hideaway or a plush condo with resort-style amenities. Either way, you'll find rentals offer a great base for exploring the charming Crystal Coast.

Things to do

Family fun in Morehead City

Entertaining the kids couldn't be easier along the Crystal Coast, as Morehead City vacation rentals place you within easy reach of an array of family-friendly attractions. Front Street in neighboring Beaufort is the place to go to arrange tours to Shackleford Banks, home to one of the country's last groups of wild horses. A detour on the return journey could mean hunting for pretty seashells along the Cape Lookout National Seashore or visiting the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores; adventures sure to give younger travelers plenty of ideas for their postcards home.


Coastal adventures near Morehead City

The outdoor scene here is never as charming as it is near the water. Kayakers can launch their craft from the City Docks or Mitchell Village Park and paddle all the way to the Newport River or the Bogue Sound, the latter offering access to the nature trail and boardwalk on the small but perfectly formed Sugarloaf Island. Heading out a little further, via a scenic drive across Atlantic Beach Bridge, serves up the chance to hang out at the Oceanana Fishing Pier where anglers compete to haul in the catch of the day and families kick back on the beach below.


Blissful summer in Morehead City

Sunny days in July and August are rarely better spent anywhere but the North Carolina coast. With perfect weather and a vast choice of entertainment options on offer, it's difficult to imagine a more idyllic destination for a summer getaway. That's not to say other seasons are a bust, though. As locals will tell you, there's plenty of reasons to get all fired up about fall around these parts, not least a little more personal space on the area's popular beaches, temperatures in the mid-70s, and the chance to get a great deal on a Morehead City vacation rental.

Natural features

Explore national forest near Morehead City

While you'd be forgiven for simply hanging out on the coast's sandy beaches during your stay in Morehead City, you won't want to miss exploring the beautiful Croatan National Forest. Sprawling across 160,000 acres behind the city, this coastal forest features everything from saltwater estuaries to pine forests; a wonderfully diverse landscape that gives way to a host of activities for nature lovers. Hiking, horseback riding, and canoeing are all on the agenda, and with a little luck, wildlife enthusiasts can expect to catch sight of alligators, black bears, and deer.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Morehead City

The nearest airport is in New Bern, NC (EWN-Craven Regional), located 30.7 mi (49.3 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Jacksonville, NC (OAJ-Albert J. Ellis), which is 51.2 mi (82.4 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Morehead City?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 733 vacation rentals near Morehead City. From 317 Houses to 280 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Morehead City for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Morehead City?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Morehead City. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Morehead City Port: 778 vacation rentals
  • Morehead City Yacht Basin: 776 vacation rentals
  • Brandywine Bay Country Club: 973 vacation rentals
  • Morehead Plaza Shopping Center: 862 vacation rentals
  • Big Rock Stadium: 821 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Morehead City listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Morehead City?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 317 Houses in Morehead City. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Morehead City include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 280 rentals available
  • Cottages: 70 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 70 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Morehead City?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 325 vacation rentals with pool available in Morehead City. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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