Coastal NC

VOL12ISS1 2016

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28 THe oRIGINAl ReloCATIoN GuIDe — CoAsTAl NC | Volume 12—Issue 1 jacKsonville Jacksonville by lindsey grey Surf and sand activities are expected on the coast. In Jacksonville, new ways to explore and enjoy the city take a creative twist, on land and water. On Halloween night, the Onslow County coastal city combined a run with a theme that had people talking. The second annual Krispy Kreme Glaze Kraze 6K brought together ftness, fun and the ultimate favorite sugar rush – Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Costumed participants made it to the confectioners store in the quest to eat a dozen donuts before heading back to Jacksonville High School and the fnish line. T-shirts bearing the slogan, "Run, eat, run" marked the fun event as one not to forget. Ghost walks are a fun way to get outside. In neighboring Swansboro, the Curse of the Pirates Treasure Walk is North Carolina's frst and only interactive pirate ghost walk. Eco-tourism is promoted on the Hammocks Beach marsh cruise in the fall to learn about the park's rich history and the town of Swansboro. The interpretive ferry cruise through the marsh waters adjacent to Hammocks Beach State Park showcase wildlife such as the logger-head sea turtle, and beautiful scenery. Hammocks Beach is a favorite nesting ground for the endangered logger-head sea turtle, with the 150-300 pound females coming ashore to nest. For a day at the beach, vacationers and locals have access to beaches located 15 miles east of Jacksonville. Cross over one of the two bridges leading to Topsail Island and its three beaches or try Onslow Beach at Camp Lejeune. Surfers take to the water in Surf City, and fshermen head straight to the Jolly Roger Pier at the southern end of the island. The popular Topsail Beach pier is a favorite spot for fshing. Local restaurants serve up fresh fsh and delicious seafood. Those close to the beach are favorites with vacationers. For a meal with a view try Icehouse Waterfront Restaurant in Swansboro and Riverview Café in Sneads Ferry. Rural farms near the coast are unexpected and delightful for all ages. With many events and educational programs throughout the year, Mike's Farm attracts school feld trips for children who come for the petting zoo, hayrides, strawberry felds, and seasonal produce such as the famous pumpkin patch every Halloween. In December try the Festival of Lights hay ride or eat with Kris Krinkle at the "Supper with Santa" event. A bakery adjacent to the gift shop specializes in several varieties of mouth-watering fudge, as well as other sweet treats, with a glass window for viewing the bakers at work. Eat at Mike's family-style restaurant for dinner Thursday through Sunday nights where home-made country chicken and biscuits are served in a warm, intimate setting. Horse lovers gravitate to Equine Country, the full service horse boarding and training facility. At 30 Acres and a Mule, a frontier experience awaits with mining for gems as the main attraction. The Lynnwood Park Zoo combines a zoo experience with a nature park. Locals gather for fun and entertainment at family- friendly festivals that draw in crowds throughout the year—with food and art as themes. Popular events and festivals to attend are: Shrimp, Mullet, Riverwalk, Freedom, Art by the Sea and Festival of Trees. The city tied to the military remembers its soldiers throughout the year with community events. Jacksonville is home to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and New River Marine Corps Air Station with more than 53,000 military personnel assigned to the bases. The county's duty "to remember" continues each year at the Beirut Memorial Observance. Held in October, this observance marked 32 years ago that the 1983 October morning changed the Onslow County community. Other events throughout the year pay homage to military personnel including Wounded Warrior Run and Military Appreciation Day. Tours of Camp Lejeune and the Jacksonville USO, the oldest continuously operating facility in the world, are open to civilians. Memorials throughout the city signal pay tribute to the armed forces. Lejeune Memorial Gardens is home to memorials of 9/11, Vietnam and Beirut. [] commemorative, diverse, local adventures

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