Jacksonville, North Carolina
One of the largest cities near Sneads Ferry is Jacksonville, North Carolina. Known as the principal city of Onslow County, Jacksonville is located just a half hour’s drive from The Preserve at Tidewater community.
Due to its proximity to the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, a strong military theme runs through many of the city’s public spaces, dining, and shopping venues, but there are plenty of recreational options to please all interests.
Visitors can find many of Jacksonville’s shopping and dining venues along its main street, Western Boulevard.
Shoppers will also find many boutique options in Jacksonville and nearby Swansboro such as The Basement, Carriage House Furniture, Light House Boutique, and Lisa’s Creative Gifts and Interiors.
A variety of dining choices are available around Jacksonville.
Meat lovers will find juicy bison burgers and hot dogs at Jeff’s Burgers, Dogs & Shakes (one of Southern Living’s 50 Undiscovered Places You’ll Love in the South).
There are also classic favorites like Steak ‘n Shake and Five Guys. Those in the mood for fresh seafood with a waterfront view can venture out to the Marina Café.
Jacksonville sits on the banks of the New River, so visitors will find no shortage of water activities. The slow current in the river is perfect for a lazy day of kayaking and canoeing. Boaters can launch their vessel from Jacksonville Landing, which is located in the downtown area and features three boat launches and a beach area.
For the active family, Jacksonville has water access, trails, a skate park, playgrounds, and ball fields. Those visiting during the summer months can also cool off in the splash pad.
Young kids will love the Lynnwood Park Zoo, a 10-acre zoo with more than 80 exhibits including reptiles, birds and mammals. Swingin’ Things offers options for everyone in the family, from a two-tier, lighted driving range for the golf enthusiast to a miniature golf course for the children. The city has plenty of rainy day activities too, like Altitude Trampoline Park, a 26,000-foot venue with indoor trampolines, foam pits, dodgeball courts, and basketball dunking lanes.