Swansboro is a quaint waterfront town with fascinating architecture. Bordered by the confluent waters of the White Oak River and the Intracoastal Waterway, this beautiful waterfront city offers visitors an unhurried journey through time. From the unique waterfront shops, boutiques, and waterside cafes, to boating, water sports, and fishing, Swansboro offers a laid-back coastal atmosphere of Eastern North Carolina for both residents and vacationers alike.


Girl Kayaking to Hammocks Beach State Park

HAMMOCKS BEACH: A jewel of the Crystal Coast, Hammocks Beach State Park is home to Bear Island, a 4-mile-long, undeveloped barrier island accessible by ferry, or by paddling a canoe or kayak. The park’s mainland gateway offers a full-service visitor center and is the launch site for ferry service, canoes, or kayaks. Rent or bring your own kayaks, canoes, or paddleboards to explore paddling trails leading to marshes, Bear Island or Huggins Island, and the unspoiled maritime forest. You can also enjoy the programs and exhibits that teach about park ecology and wildlife including endangered sea turtles and nesting shorebirds.

Views of Downtown Swansboro and the Gazebo

HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SWANSBORO: With its cobblestone streets, quaint shops, galleries, boutiques, and eateries, historic downtown Swansboro is a delight for the senses. Swansboro’s rich history can be seen in its historic homes, buildings, and the historic plaques found throughout town. Dining waterfront is available at many of the downtown restaurants. Concerts have become a weekly family tradition in Swansboro during the “Swan Fest” summer concert series, and the addition of the Pavilion in Olde Town Square. There’s always something to do in historic downtown Swansboro!


Swansboro's Boro Restaurant outdoors

THE BORO RESTAURANT AND BAR: Experience delectable tapas-style plates, brunch, lunch, and daily chef creations for dinner with the freshest seafood and ingredients. With over 12 craft brews on tap and over 140 bottles of different wine, you won’t be disappointed. Enjoy live music on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Chocolate Cheesecake at Dini's Marini's in Swansboro NC

DINI’S MARTINIS: Dini’s Martinis and Desserts is a craft cocktail and dessert bar that specializes in crafted cocktails, delicious desserts, savory small bites and so much more! There is always something going on from Music Bingo to fun events with live music. You’ll love the decor and atmosphere here.

Close up of sour gummy worms at the candy store

CANDY EDVENTURE: This is the ultimate sweet experience! A candy lover’s dream come true, Candy Edventure features a fun environment with every kind of sweet to satisfy your sweet tooth. Your visit may take you back in time with your childhood favorites or skip the candy and go straight for the fudge, ice cream, and specialty sodas. 

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