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Top Things to Do in Swansboro, NC

Swansboro, NC is known as the “Friendly City by the Sea” and is a premier destination for people from all over the state (and region) to experience the best of Coastal Carolina! This quaint town is surrounded by waterways, which makes for ideal outdoor recreation. Bordering both the Intracoastal Waterway and the White Oak River, and with the Atlantic Ocean just minutes away, coupled with great year-round weather, there’s always something fun to do in Swansboro! Here are the top things to check out when you’re in town:


Hammocks Beach State Park

As one of the most pristine beaches on the Atlantic Coast, Bear Island within Hammock Beach State Park is accessible only by passenger ferry or private boat, which is an adventure in and of itself! Ferry service runs hourly on select days, and once there you can enjoy gorgeous beaches, overnight camping, fishing, water sports, and more. 


Water Sports

Being on the water is the way of life in Swansboro! Whatever you love most about the water — whether that’s kayaking, boating, sailing, paddle boarding, or fishing — there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy them. If you’re a novice at any of these activities, or would just rather someone else do the planning, there are charter companies and gear rentals to make your day on the water even more memorable.


Downtown Swansboro

Historic Downtown Swansboro is situated right on the waterfront and is the perfect destination for an afternoon of shopping, dining, and relaxation. There are quaint shops and boutiques that you won’t find anywhere else, and you can’t go wrong with a delicious seafood or BBQ dinner on a spacious outdoor patio. Of course, there are tons of dining options in Swansboro, so whatever you’re craving, there’s a restaurant to deliver! 

For history buffs, the Swansboro Historical Association offers walking tours of the town’s historic districts where you can learn about the significant role the town has played in American history and view homes and buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.



North Carolina has some of the best festivals in the country, and our town is no exception! These festivals in Swansboro feature amazing local food, vendors, and music and attract people from all over the state. They include:

  • Arts by the Sea Festival (June)
  • Fourth of July Fireworks (July)
  • Swansboro Mullet Festival (October)
  • Swansboro by Candlelight (November)
  • Swansboro Christmas Flotilla (Thanksgiving weekend)


Living Near Swansboro, NC

If you’d love to do these fun things in Swansboro whenever you wish, now is a great time to explore living close by! JC Jackson Homes builds brand new, energy-efficient homes in New Bern, Beaufort, Newport, Arapahoe, Havelock, Oriental, and Grantsboro, and on your land throughout Coastal North Carolina. Contact us to learn more about living near the “Friendly City Near the Sea” in a beautiful home that’s all new and all yours!


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