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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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Have you stopped by for a visit to Mike's Farm bakery recently?

🚜 Bring the kids and enjoy a hayride, then stop for a sweet treat afterward!

🥧 From old-fashioned apple turnovers, danishes, to assorted cookies – choose from many other goodies!

#mikesfarm #onlyinonslow #agritourism #onslowcounty #easternnc #familyfun #hayrides #festivaloflights

🍁Fall is a great time of year to be paddling Onslow County’s Intracoastal Waterways. What a way to experience a sunrise! 🌅🚣‍♀️

Posted @withregram • @jsh_images Kayakers catching the sunrise on the ICW near North Topsail #ncedgemag #ourstatemag #celebratingnc #discovernc #discovernorthcarolina #ncoutdoors #ncoutdoorculture #ncoutdoorsociety #notthcarolinaphotography #northcarolinaphotographers #northcarolinaphotographer #northcarolinaoutdoors #nccoast #nccoastallife #saltlife #sneadsferrync #northtopsail #kayakingadventures #sunrise #bestofthetarheelstate #paddlenc

It’s a great day to promote leisure travel to the Southern Coast of NC at the Travel and Adventure Show in Atlanta! #OnlyinOnslow

#onlyonslow #nccoast #atl #visitnc #atlanta #northtopsailbeach #sneadsferry #swansboro #jacksonvillenc #onslowcounty #ncsoutherncoast

#DidYouKnow that oysters 🦪 play a vital role in keeping the waters of Wilson Bay and parts of the New River clean? 💧

Sturgeon City Environmental Education Center in downtown #JacksonvilleNC provides hands-on science education programs and promotes the protection of coastal waters.

Learn more on their website and enjoy the beautiful adjacent park! #NCOysterWeek #GiveAShuck #OnlyinOnslow


Let's SHELLEBRATE #TastyTuesday and #NCOysterWeek!

#GiveAShuck and savor the unique flavors from our local waters at one of our many eateries! #OnlyinOnslow 🦪

✨Riverview Cafe, Sneads Ferry
✨Marina Cafe, Jacksonville
✨Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar, Jacksonville
✨The Boro Restaurant & Bar, Swansboro
✨Riverside Steak & Seafood, Swansboro
✨Ye Olde Riverwalk, Swansboro
✨Holland's Shelter, Holly Ridge

Did we miss any? Add them in the comments! 💙

It's NC Oyster Week, October 11 - 15! Let's "shellebrate" the history, culture, economy, and ecology of oysters in North Carolina! #ncoysterweek

🦪 Eat local oysters at one of restaurants
🦪 Go an oyster farm tour with @ghost_fleet_oyster_co
🦪 Learn more about oysters at Sturgeon City