Happy Leap Year Day: Spend Your Extra Day Exploring Onslow County

This year, we’ve been gifted with something particularly special: an entire extra day on February 29th, 24 additional hours that only come around once every 4 years. Anyone with a full time job, kids, or a jam-packed schedule knows that a few extra hours in the day would be a dream come true, so we don’t intend to waste this opportunity. It’s time to make the most of your Leap Year Day by spending your time having fun with friends and family in Onslow County.

Onslow County Shopping


On this most unique day of the year, why not go on the hunt for something just as special to spruce up your home? Onslow County is home to incredible antique shopping, from refurbished furniture to precious vintage souvenirs. 2 Flipping Roosters offers two convenient locations in Jacksonville on Lejeune Boulevard and Piney Green Road, filled with furniture, antiques, gifts, accessories, and collectible military gear. Want unique items found only in Onslow? Head to Swansboro and shop local on the waterfront.

Get Outside

An extra day in February is the perfect excuse to get outdoors and enjoy all that Eastern North Carolina has to offer, like scenic bike routes. Jacksonville City to Sea boasts a 21-mile ride from the Jacksonville Mall all the way to Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro, where you can enjoy year-round fishing, unique shell searching, and natural nesting grounds for the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. If you’re bringing the kids along for a shorter ride, try one of our 1-3 mile trails and greenways throughout Jacksonville, or visit Hammocks Beach State Park for a day by the water.

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Learn Something New

Onslow County is rich in military history and opportunities to learn about the men and women who dedicate their lives to our freedom. Dedicate your Leap Year Day to honoring our veterans by visiting the oldest operating USO in the world, located in Jacksonville, or visit a variety of memorials to remember those who served.


Onslow County Tourism

Onslow County Tourism

As one of North Carolina’s oldest counties, Onslow County reflects a rich and varied history.  It’s also the proud home of the Marines of Camp Lejeune, New River Air Station, Camp Johnson and Camp Geiger.

The county has been graced with an extraordinary natural beauty: over 30 miles of wide, unspoiled beaches, waters teeming with an abundance of marine life, forests filled with wildlife, and rich farmland to harvest.

Today, you can explore everything from military and historic monuments to beautiful waterways and beaches to friendly spots to eat and play.