Things to do in and around Jacksonville this summer!

    Family in the Park

    Interesting Animals:

    Lynnwood Park Zoo – 1071 Wells Road, Jacksonville, NC 28540 – Website

    The zoo has approximately 80 animals on exhibit on a 10 acre property. Established in 1990, the zoo has a 1/2 acre pond and a picnic area. Visit to see zebra, wallaby, ocelot, serval, foxes, capybara, alligators, Burmese pythons, barn owl, emu and more!

    Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary – 119 Doe Drive, Hubert, NC 28539 – Website

    PAWS is a non-profit organization specializing in rehabilitation care and treatment of small mammals, songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds and reptiles. They take care of orphaned babies and eventually release them back into the wild. Call for information about educational programs and presentations relating to local wildlife, ecology, and backyard habitat creation.

    N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores – 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512 – Website

    One of 3 North Carolina aquariums established in 1976, the N. C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores has exhibits where you can feel the spray of a mountain waterfall, watch river otters at play, touch a stingray, look a shark in the eye or explore shipwrecks. See thousands of aquatic animals and come away with a greater appreciation  and understanding of coastal North Carolina.

     The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center – 302 Tortuga Lane, Surf City, NC 28445 – Website

    Established in 1997 The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of all species of marine turtles. Their purpose is to rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and injured sea turtles.

     A Piece of History:

    The Onslow County Museum – 301 S. Wilmington Street, Richlands, NC 28574 – Website

    Experience the history of the region in the long term exhibit, The Water and the Wood. View an amazing 38 foot long dugout canoe crafted by native people over 700 years ago. See artifacts from the 18th century colonists. Visit the Changing Gallery and the Children’s Learning Gallery for new exhibits.

    The Montford Point Museum – Building M101 on Camp Johnson – Website

    The Montford Point Marine Museum was established to preserve the legacy of the Montford Point Marines, African American Marines of the 1940’s who were segregated, but fought for the right to fight for their country in WWII.

    Missiles and More Museum – 720 Channel Blvd., Topsail Beach, NC 28460 – Website

    Opening it’s doors in 1995, the Missiles and More Museum was dedicated to preserving the history of Camp Davis in Holly Ridge and the guided missile testing known as the Bumblebee Project. Other exhibits include the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots), Pirates and the Osprey Aircraft.

    The History Place – 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 – Website

    The History Place houses an extensive collection of textiles, period clothing, furniture, military memorabilia, glassware and artwork, all representing the past of Carteret County. The genealogy materials and the Civil War history collections are especially notable.

    N. C. Maritime Museum – 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC 28516 – Website

    Visit the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort for a taste of coastal cultures and maritime history. Exhibits feature the state’s rich seafood industry, life-saving stations and lighthouses, and sailboats and motorboats. The Museum is the official repository for artifacts from Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge, which ran aground near Beaufort in 1718.

    Parks and Recreations:

    Onslow County offers a multitude of parks and facilities. Visit the website or call 910-347-5332 for information about youth athletics, adult programs, special events and educational events.

    Jacksonville offers movies, concerts and summer camps. Visit the website or call 910-938-5312 for more information.

    Swansboro has concerts, visit the website for schedule, and several festivals. Visit the website or call 910-326-4428 for more information.

    Topsail Beach events can be found at this website.

    Surf City offers movies, yoga, lazer dance parties, concerts and summer camps. Visit the website or call 910-328-4887 for more information

    Emerald Isle offers movies, lazer dance parties, concerts and summer camps. Visit the website or call 252-354-6350 for more information.

    Morehead City offers concerts, summer camps and fishing contests. Visit the website or call 252-726-6848 for more information.

    Enjoy summer! If you know of any other great events, please post in the comments!


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