Fun Things to Do in Swansboro, NC, This Summer

"Fun Things to Do in Swansboro, NC, This Summer"

Fun Things to Do in Swansboro, NC, This Summer

If you’re planning a trip to Emerald Isle or any of the nearby communities on the Crystal Coast, you might want to consider a few fun things to do in Swansboro, NC, this summer.

Known by many as the “Friendly City by the Sea,” Swansboro has a lot to offer for friends, families, and romantic couples. And although you shouldn’t have much trouble staying busy in this inviting town, we’re never shy about sharing some of our inside knowledge with those looking for a memorable vacation!

How to Have a Great Time in Swansboro, NC

With seemingly endless opportunities for fun in the sun, Swansboro, NC, is a picturesque Crystal Coast summer vacation spot among some of the state’s most inviting places. Still, you may be wondering what makes Swansboro unique. For starters, The Matador Network put Swansboro number five on its list of “The 25 Coolest Towns in America to Visit in 2021.” Also, Swansboro has everything that makes the other Crystal Coast towns great all in one bundle, with a less-traveled beach, top-tier fishing, various outdoor activities, several excellent restaurants, and an underappreciated shopping scene. 

Go Check Out Hammocks Beach State Park

A sunset over Hammocks Beach State Park near Swansboro, NC.

Hammocks Beach State Park is a paradise for nature lovers, catering to many outdoor activities. This park has everything from easy to moderate hiking trails to serene green spaces, picnic areas, and a delightful waterfront gazebo. The Welcome Center, adorned with area history and wildlife exhibits, offers a unique learning experience. The park encompasses 1,500 acres and consists of a mainland park and four islands – Dudley, Huggins, Jones, and the magnificent Bear Island, which is only accessible by boat. Bear Island features four miles of breathtaking white-sand beaches, clear blue waters perfect for fishing and shell hunting, and a tranquil spot for picnicking. Visitors can take the daily passenger ferry rides or rent canoes and kayaks to explore designated canoe trails.

Swansboro, NC, Has Fantastic Fishing

Cruising along the Intracoastal Waterway and the White Oak River is an exciting adventure for avid anglers. Several public docks and boat rentals are perfect for wetting a line. Local fishing charters, such as Nancy Lee Fishing Charters, Friendly City Fishing, and Pogies, provide excellent opportunities for inshore, near-shore, and deep-water excursions. With half and full-day charters available, visitors can enjoy the expertise of knowledgeable guides and a chance to catch a wide variety of fish species. It’s an unforgettable experience for fishing and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

A Swansboro Shopping Spree

Swansboro’s historic downtown is a shopper’s paradise, offering a delightful experience for visitors. Explore dozens of charming shops, galleries, and eclectic boutiques housed in historic buildings, and indulge in a unique shopping experience. Discover nautical treasures and antiques at Sailing Through Time Antiques or browse the Silver Line Jewelry and Art Gallery collection. Uncover beachy home decor at Salt Marsh Cottage, and explore The Mercantile for miscellaneous items you didn’t know you needed.

Savor the Flavors

In the charming coastal town of Swansboro, seafood is king. The village boasts a bounty of delectable eateries, each boasting a unique character, making it hard to pick just one. Savor the traditional shrimp and grits with watermelon salsa at The Boro Restaurant and Bar, indulge in one of the nightly chef specials at Riverside Steak and Seafood, or enjoy delectable grilled Atlantic salmon alongside picturesque waterfront views at the Saltwater Grill. And for breakfast, don’t miss Yana’s Ye Olde Restaurant, where you can fuel up for a day of seaside adventures with hearty and delicious fare and take a picture with Elvis.


As a bonus stop for those with a sweet tooth, Candy Edventure offers much more than just candy. Step inside and be transported to a fun-filled environment with an old-fashioned soda fountain counter, homemade fudge, creamy ice cream, and mouth-watering popcorn, not to mention a jaw-dropping assortment of nostalgic childhood sweets. Take the chance to try their tempting ice cream nachos!

NC Vacation Rentals in Swansboro, Emerald Isle, and More!

Whether taking a stroll along the waterfront with your family, exploring the quaint shops and boutiques with your friends, or indulging in some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste with that special someone, the charming seaside community of Swansboro, NC, offers something for everyone. And with a vast selection of Crystal Coast vacation rentals throughout the area, Bluewater is more than happy to provide the ultimate launchpad for your summer getaway!

How many activities have you added to your Swansboro summer itinerary?