Home to the largest Marine Corps base on America’s eastern seaboard, Jacksonville showcases a wealth of military history while treating you to some of North Carolina’s best beaches. You’ll discover a range of outdoor recreation here, from water sports to sprawling parks, along with a bustling shopping and dining boulevard.
Things to do in Jacksonville
Pay your respects to the brave men and women who have served their country at a range of memorials around Jacksonville, including the Montford Point Marine Memorial, dedicated to the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. Visit the nearby 9/11 Memorial, where you can see part of the World Trade Center.
Jacksonville takes advantage of its idyllic setting along New River with a wealth of waterfront restaurants. Head to the Marina Cafe for fresh seafood and live music or grab fresh sandwiches and coffee from Port City Java to take down to the water’s edge. There are also numerous restaurants, shops and cafes along South Marine Boulevard.
Need a break from the hustle and bustle? Relax under a shady tree in Riverwalk Park, where you can stroll along scenic walking paths and watch community events. Take the kids to Wilson Bay Park to run wild on the playground while you kick back under a waterfront gazebo.
Jacksonville is perfect for kayaking or canoeing, with multiple launch points onto the New River. Don’t forget to visit nearby beaches, such as Hammocks Beach State Park and Emerald Isle. Active travellers can visit during the Remembrance Run in October or Annual Disc Golf Classic in November.
Getting around Jacksonville
Jacksonville is about one hour’s drive from Wilmington International Airport and has a central Greyhound bus stop. The best way to get around Jacksonville is with a hire car or by hailing taxis.