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Find locally inspired restaurants and shops, things to do, as well as featured attractions, events and more throughout Onslow County.  From the rural coastal plains community of Richlands to Jacksonville, as well as the coastal towns of Swansboro and Sneads Ferry, and beautiful North Topsail Beach, there is something unique to see, experience and do, #OnlyinOnslow.

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The Place Where Beauty and Pride Come Together

Located at the southern coast of North Carolina, family fun adventures await in Onslow’s Great Outdoors. Our coastal location makes being out on the water nearly a year-round opportunity with a variety of adventures on tap. As home to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, our area is steeped in military tradition and history that inspires our visitors to experience a unique and palpable sense of heartfelt patriotism that is all their own. From our rural coastal plains region, all the way out to North Topsail Beach, Sneads Ferry, and the quaint historic waterfront town of Swansboro, unforgettable family memories are made in Onslow.

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Meet Locals

The Terwilliger Family, Owners of Riverview Cafe

Since it opened as an oyster bar in 1946, the Riverview Restaurant has earned a reputation among locals and tourists alike for fresh-off-the-boat seafood; in particular, shrimp. The Terwilliger family has been frying and broiling the best shrimp around since the days when a dollar could buy a fried shrimp dinner. A time-worn menu from 1946 hangs on the wall near the entrance, showing that a plate of fried shrimp was just as popular then as now.

“I have been cleaning fish that were literally swimming an hour before they’re on your plate. That’s as fresh as it gets in my opinion.  I can attest to that.”

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Don’t miss it 💕 Jacksonville’s biggest fashion event of the year @FTMFashionWeek coming April 24 at the @hiltongardeninnjacksonvillenc . Tix 🎟 on sale now. For more info, visit

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Wishing everyone a Happy Easter! #OnlyinOnslow ...

Make being out on these waters a reality! Plan your getaway to the Friendly City by the Sea, #Swansboro, NC!

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Who else is wishing they were on the water right now? 🙋

We're not fooling around when we say @swansboronc is a one-stop-shop for adventure seekers. Picture this:

✔️ Observing marsh wildlife on a cruise through its 4️⃣ inlets
✔️ Catching a ferry to 🐻 Bear Island through Hammocks Beach State Park (did we mention overnight camping, too?)
✔️Dining ⚓ dockside at one of its restaurants along the marina.

But enough babbling, experience the "Friendly City by the Sea" for yourself on your next visit!

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This coastal view from @ourstatemag is from our very own Swansboro, NC! - 📸: @chrislosack #onlyinonslow #visitswansboronc ...

A solemn feeling of peace is how many describe their experience at #JacksonvilleNC's Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Lejeune Memorial Gardens.

Second in size only to the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC, it is also one of only a few that lists all the names of the fallen in recognition of the nearly ten million Veterans of the five branches of the Armed Forces who served active duty during the Vietnam era. #OnlyinOnslow #JacksonvilleNC #VietnamWarVeteransDay

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#DidYouKnow Onslow County's roots run deep in agriculture! Our area was once largely a collection of sparsely populated agrarian and maritime communities prior to 1941 and the creation of Camp Lejeune. Today, our area remains an important agricultural force, its rich farmland still yielding bountiful crops! Our agricultural heritage can be celebrated at great attractions like Mike's Farm, Onslow County Museum - North Carolina, and the Onslow County Farmers' Market! We'll see you there!

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We are celebrating the first day of Spring! 🌸 How will you enjoy it? #OnlyinOnslow #OnslowOutdoors
📍 Bicentennial Park, Swansboro