Get Hooked on Onslow’s Great Outdoors

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Mid to late summer is an ideal time of year to enjoy  Onslow County’s Great Outdoors at the central coast of North Carolina.   It’s the perfect time to plan a last-minute getaway as well as a family vacation!

Get hooked on our beautiful waterways and beaches, ripe with a host of all kinds of water recreation.  Soak in the scenery aboard Bayonet Enterprise Cruises, a chartered yacht located along the New River in Jacksonville.  Packages are priced at reasonable rates and range from a romantic sunset cruise with champagne, wine, cheese and fresh local shrimp to longer cruises for family outings that include kayaking and a barbeque.  Leave your troubles behind at the dock and feel the stress fall away with the wake.  The experience is beyond exceptional!

If the idea of a sailing excursion appeals, check out Swansboro by Sail.  Captain Mike provides a first-class and relaxing time out on the water for couples, friends, and families. He knows the ropes!

Onslow is also an anglers paradise.  Pier fishing is a common sight with some great options in Swansboro at Bicentennial Park or at the Seaview Fishing Pier in North Topsail Beach.

If you are looking for some inshore fishing, Jacksonville is home to a couple of fishing charters with some friendly local expertise that can help make your fishing trip a memorable one.  Check out their fishing blog with all of the details.

Located at Sneads Ferry,  Captain Marc, of Bad Habit Sport Fishing,  has twenty years of experience and has techniques that produce some great catches of Spanish mackerel, Atlantic bonito, trout, cobia, king mackerel, grouper, snapper, mahi, tuna, wahoo, sailfish, and blue marlin.  Reel Livin’ Fishing Charters has several options for excursions out on the water including an interactive shrimp trawling voyage.  Passengers can participate as much or as little as they like and have an opportunity to take home a portion of the catch! 

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For something different, consider a private excursion to Hammocks Beach and the islands around Swansboro with Marsh Cruises!  Explore our area’s coastline, as well as our maritime forest ecosystems and salt marshes.  Do some dolphin watching & more!  Captain Darryl is a Swansboro local and his  23 ft. BayRider Skiff can take you comfortably through the beautiful winding backwaters of Swansboro and Emerald Isle.  If you’d like to do some shelling, he knows all of the sweet spots!

Outdoor adventurers enjoy seeing the natural wonder and beauty along the intercoastal waterways and the New River in Jacksonville.  Paddle NC offers kayak tours and rentals and has several locations throughout Onslow County.  

Jet ski, pontoon boats, and paddleboard rentals are available along with guided and unguided tours by Swansboro Paddle Boarding.

 Pogie’s in Swansboro is great outfitter for kayak fishing excursions, fishing charters and rentals. They know where all of the honey holes are along Swansboro coastal waters.

Where to Eat

Onslow County has some amazing dining options.  Enjoy a wide variety of cuisines from the country to the coast.  Try some  NC BBQ at Thig’s, or a southern home-cooked style dinner at local favorite Mike’s Farm in Richlands.

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If you’re at the coast and want the full experience, Sneads Ferry is known as the Shrimp Capital of the East Coast.  At the top of the list would be Riverview Cafe or Rick’s Restaurant & Sports Bar.  Without a doubt, Swansboro and its historic downtown district have some world-class waterfront restaurants that will enchant you.  See our online  Visitors Guide, or request a copy in the mail for a complete list.

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Where to Stay

Onslow County offer a  great value for families looking to explore the coastal region of North Carolina.  Staying in Jacksonville is the perfect location for day trips and excursions with easy access to many local and regional attractions.  Check out all of our hotels here.

If you’d like to stay at the beach, check out the Quality Inn – Sneads Ferry/North Topsail Beach, or The Topsail Shores Inn, as well as the Hampton Inn – Sneads Ferry/North Topsail Beach.

If you’re looking for a Trip Advisor top-rated hotel in Swansborowe recommend the Hampton Inn & Suites Swansboro / near Camp Lejeune at Bear Creek Gate.


For more information about our area, check out our social media pages on Facebook and Instagram!  We look forward to seeing you in Onslow County!

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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.