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Downtown Chapel Hill

Nearby Dining Options

Hungry? Morehead is at the eastern edge of Chapel Hill's downtown - there are dozens of restaurants within easy walking distance on Franklin Street. When UNC is in session, visitors are welcome at all of UNC's Carolina Dining Services locations.

Picnics are a popular choice, too. Families and school groups often pack lunches and enjoy eating outdoors in McCorkle Place, the shaded, grassy campus quad near Morehead.

UNC Visitors' Center

The UNC Visitors' Center provides maps, guides, general tours and information. You'll find the UNC Visitors' Center in the Morehead Building at the west entrance.

Downtown Chapel Hill

If you're looking for a calendar of events near Morehead, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership website is your source.

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

What's happening in the region? The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau provides maps and brochures, along with guidance on attractions, hotels and restaurants. The offices are six blocks west of Morehead at 501 West Franklin Street.

North Carolina Botanical Garden

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is operated by UNC as a "conservation garden" with an educational mission. In addition to the main gardens (located two miles southeast of Morehead on NC 54), NCBG operates Coker Arboretum (next door to Morehead), Forest Theater and Battle Park.

Ackland Art Museum

Just one block west of Morehead, UNC's Ackland Art Museum offers free admission with nearly a dozen changing exhibitions every year.

Wilson Library

The North Carolina Collection Gallery at UNC's Wilson Library (two blocks south of Morehead)features displays of artifacts and re-creations of historic rooms.

Carolina Basketball Museum

Sports fans will enjoy a visit to the Carolina Basketball Museum, adjacent to the Dean E. Smith Center (1.5 miles south of Morehead). Exhibits include trophies and memorabilia from the UNC Tar Heels' five NCAA basketball championships.

Kidzu Children's Museum

Designed for young children (ages birth-8), Kidzu Children's Museum offers hands-on learning experiences with exhibits and play spaces.