Sports and Recreation
Whether you’re looking for a hot NASCAR race or to cool off with a trip down a natural waterslide, Onslow County’s got you covered.
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Parkway S
Concord, NC 28027 800-455-3267
Visitors can attend one-of-a-kind race spectacles such as the Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Bank of America 500; take behind-the-scenes speedway and race shop tours; and drive an 800-horsepower stock car. The 134,000-seat facility also hosts numerous events, including three of the nation’s largest car shows; a 10-week series of Legend Cars, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing; and the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
Step to the tee among stunning mountains, rolling hills or beautiful beaches. North Carolina has 400-plus golf courses across the state with temperatures that allow play year-round. A variety of public and private courses are available in Onslow County, including the Scottish-links style 18-hole Castle Bay Golf Course where you will find water or wetlands on every hole but no trees; the nine-hole Fletcher’s Landing course with plenty of trees, along with miniature golf for the kids; and the 18-hole Rusty Simmons championship-designed Bear Trail Golf at Southwest Plantation. For a full list of public and private courses in North Carolina, visit www.visitnc.com/golf.
Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park
5320 Oleander Drive
Wilmington, NC 28403 910-791-0666
Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park is an amusement park that has a water park with a million-gallon wave pool, a go-kart course, laser tag, mini-golf, a jungle gym and more. For more information on hours and prices, visit the park’s website.
Lynnwood Park Zoo
1071 Wells Road
Jacksonville, NC 28540 910-938-5848
Lynnwood Park Zoo sits on a 10-acre parcel with a half-acre pond next to the picnic area. The only such facility in Onslow County and the Camp Lejeune area, the zoo has more than 80 animal exhibits with many species, ranging from zebras, antelopes, potbellied pigs and skunks to alligators, pythons, box turtles and barn owls. Tours are available for groups of 20 or more.
Shallotte River Swamp Park
5550 Watts Road
Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469 910-687-6100
Come enjoy the swamp like never before. Whether you’re soaring high above on the 10-line, 2.5-hour zip line tour or down low on the swamp boat eco-tour, the swamp is waiting for you to discover. For adrenaline junkies, experience the 53-challenge Adventure Park, and, if that’s not enough, go airborne on the Pelican Dive, starting with a 50-foot jump off the Main Tower.
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768 828-877-3265
Sliding Rock is a natural waterslide where you can take the plunge down a 50-foot slippery cascade into a 7-foot-deep pool. There are two observation platforms and lifeguards on duty during the season. This is a heavily used recreation area, so it’s suggested you come early. There’s a nominal admission charge for sliders, but watching is free.