Recreation in Jacksonville North Carolina
Jacksonville, North Carolina is a small coastal town located midway between Morehead City and Wilmington, and is adjacent to Camp Lejeune Marine Corp base and the Marine Corp Air Base at New river. It is the home of Coastal Carolina College. The population of Jacksonville, N.C. is about 80,000 people and there are plenty of activities in which the local residents, college students, and Marines can participate.
Since this is a coastal town, fishing, boating, and other water sports are high on the list of things to do. You can choose fresh water fishing for bass, perch, catfish and crappie, or you can elect to go salt water fishing for flounder, tuna, mackerel, yahoo and billfish. There are plenty of fresh water and salt water charters available. Other coastal activities include kayaking, standup paddle boarding and water skiing.
If fishing and water sports are not your thing, you can visit the Lynwood Park Zoo, several Marine Museums and Memorial Gardens, or the local flea market and antique shops. Kids will love the Mini Golf course, or you could take them to Jump In Jax, a playground with several bounce houses.
Of course, after a day in the sun, you will be hungry. It has been reported that there are over 253 restaurants in or near Jacksonville. In addition to traditional American food, there are restaurants specializing in Middle Eastern, Italian and Japanese fusion cuisine. There are also many seafood restaurants in Jacksonville and nearby locations, all of them specializing in fresh North Carolina sea food. Dinner out at a restaurant of your choice will provide a perfect ending to a perfect day.