Top Things To Do In Onslow County.
What began as a Christmas tree farm is now one of the top attractions in the region. It is now a family-style restaurant, bakery, event venue, and more!
The gift shop features only North Carolina produce and products.
Seasonal hayrides, pumpkin pickings, and Christmas events and dinner shows are favorites for locals as well as visitors.
Get an up-close look at the beautiful coastal waterways and pristine shorelines of Onslow County.
Your personal guide takes you aboard his 23-foot Bay Rider Skiff and into a world of wonder.
Seeing wildlife in natural habitats, searching for sand dollars, and discovering sharks’ teeth are all part of the Marsh Cruise experience.
Exploring Swansboro by sea aboard the Lady Swan is a must.
This comfortable 40-foot vessel is a favorite for sunset outings, but historic and nature cruises are popular, as well.
Join one of the scheduled tours or book the boat for a private trip of your own.
This coastal park has so many aspects to enjoy.
On the mainland, find a visitor center, interpretive exhibits, hiking trails, and a gazebo.
This is also the launching area for those wishing to enjoy the park’s paddling trails and for the ferry to Bear Island.
This four-mile-long barrier island is the star of the park, with unspoiled beaches and primitive campsites.
(Note, as of this writing, ferry service is suspended due to COVID-19 conditions. Check website for updates. You can access Bear Island by private boat charters such as Marsh Cruises, Lady Swan and Pogie’s Fishing Center or by kayak with Paddle NC.)
Corn whiskey and authentic Carolina moonshine (in flavors granddaddy never had) are the mainstays at Walton’s Distillery.
At this family-owned and -operated business, the products all bear the names of family ancestors, offering lasting tributes to their dedication and craftsmanship.
Tours and tastings are offered daily and the gift shop offers spirits and more, for the perfect souvenir.
A favorite for beach vacations on the North Carolina coast.
White sand beaches welcome family vacationers as well as those looking for a getaway with friends or family.
Beautiful resorts are flanked by beach houses dotting the coast, offering a variety of ways to enjoy the sun, sand and ocean waters.
For day trips, there are public beach accesses and restaurants offering casual coastal specialties.
Swansboro is a quintessential seaside town where life revolves around the water and local shops and services abound.
Visitors enjoy walking the downtown sidewalks to find that one-of-a-kind treasure at a local retailer, enjoying the coastal cuisine and waterfront view from one the restaurants and enjoying the boardwalks of public parks and docks.
Scuppernong is the official fruit of North Carolina and has inspired many of the wines created by Huffman Vineyards.
Sweet wines, fruit wines, and some dry wines, as well, are all handcrafted here in small batches.
Wine tastings are open daily and, of course, the gift shop is open.
Located at the gateway to downtown Jacksonville, this city park is hallowed ground to those who come to learn about military history and pay respects to fallen heroes.
This is home to the Beirut Memorial, Onslow Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Montford Point Marine Memorial and the 9/11 Memorial Beam from the World Trade Center.
The area offers options for any angler’s interests.
For specialized family fun with shrimping and crabbing adventures, try Reel Livin’ Fishing Charters. They do serious fishing, too, as do others like Pelagic Hunter Sportfishing, who won the 2020 Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.
Your ship awaits!
This private yacht is available for charter cruises along the New River.
From the downtown Jacksonville waterfront to the nearby untouched areas filled with wildlife and beautiful scenery, visitors can choose from a slate of ways to relax on the water.
Champagne brunch, lunch cruise, sunset retreat, and an overnight getaway are all options.
Not officially in Onslow County, but we’re going to add it to the list. When things get back to “normal” be sure to have breakfast at the USO in Downtown Jacksonville.
Founded in 1941, Jacksonville’s USO is the oldest continuously operating service organization of its kind in the world.
Since opening its doors at the outset of World War II, the USO of NC Jacksonville Center, as it’s called, has been the home-away-from-home for millions of service members serving at Camp Lejeune.
Visitors can enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast and visit with local military patrons on Saturday mornings from 8 to 11 a.m. (Note, as of now, the breakfast is suspended due to COVID-19 conditions. Check website for updates.)
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