Looking for things to do while in town for the 63rd Annual Big Rock Tournament? We’ve got you covered. We have compiled a list of must-do activities and must-see spots along the Morehead City waterfront. Check it out below!
Getting a bit hungry or thirsty while watching the weigh-in? Head over to these spots to grab a bite or a drink! Each of them are located within a block or two of the weigh station.
Situated on the Morehead City waterfront, Southern Salt is known for its fresh seafood, southern eats and tasty drinks. Have a seat on their covered porch to fuel up and watch the action. Our recommendation: Fried Shrimp and an ice cold beer.
Red Fish Grill
Closest to Big Rock Landing, Red Fish Grill is a great spot to grab a bite to eat and take in the views. Use their outdoor patio to get great photos with the Big Rock Landing in the background, or sip on a Morehead Mule! Our recommendation: Mixed Grill.
Full Circle Cafe
Located right beside the Big Rock Store, this cozy cafe serves up everything from salads to wood-fired pizza. Full Circle Cafe is a delicious spot to duck into to catch a break from the action. Our recommendation: the Yardbird Pizza and a glass of Southern Belle.
Taps & Tackle
This fun and upbeat bar is the perfect place to cool off during the heat of a summer day. Complete with pool tables and a grassy outdoor space, Taps & Tackle is a must-visit casual hangout. Also, it’s pet-friendly! Our recommendation: Tuna Tacos and a Blueberry Margarita.
Jack’s Waterfront Bar
This popular bar is known for its open-air lower level bar with a deck overlooking the waterfront, live music every night, and a second floor restaurant serving great food! Visit for the perfect late night activity or spectacular views from the top floor. Our recommendation: the Meatball Sub and a local brew.
Ruddy Duck Tavern
Right beside Jack’s is this classic Morehead City spot! With a wide variety of food and drinks, Ruddy Duck Tavern is popular for lunch or dinner Thursday through Sunday. With a waterfront patio and a spacious bar area, it is perfect for the whole family or date night. Our recommendation: Black Bean & Queso Dip and Jambalaya.
This casual, outdoor eatery is perfect for a midday cocktail or a sun-filled lunch. Lounge on their second floor patio and watch the boats go by while soaking up the sun! Our recommendation: Fresh Catch Quinoa Bowl and a Painkiller.
This oyster bar situated across the street from Jack’s is a popular dinner spot. If you’re looking for a menu with abundant seafood and a large bourbon selection, then this is right up your alley! Our recommendation: Chicken Lollipops and a Peach Bellini.
Reed’s Coffee + Art + Framing
Located on the corner of 8th and Evans, this coffee, art and framing shop has delicious drinks in a warm and friendly environment. If you need an early afternoon pick-me-up while watching the weigh in, look no further than Reed’s! Our recommendation: Iced Matcha Latte with Oat Milk.
SHOP & GIVE
The Big Rock Store
Is there anything better than shopping AND giving back at the same time? We don’t think so! For all your Big Rock Tournament merch needs, head over to the Big Rock Store, located at 710 Evans Street in downtown Morehead City. The Big Rock Store also donates a percentage of the proceeds to local charities (with $551,000 donated locally in 2020)!
Big Rock Landing
Finally, the biggest attraction – Big Rock Landing. Watch all kinds of award-winning catches come in, learn more about the tournament, and get an up-close look at the boats and crew participating!
Pro tip: follow The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament on Facebook to stay updated on hookups, releases, boated marlins and weigh-in ETA announcements. They will post on their page when a boat is headed into the scales, allowing you to head to the waterfront to watch the action in real time!