23 OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO NEAR SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB
By Sarah Jaudon
IntroductionWelcome to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Wayne County, North Carolina. Proud home of the famous 4th Fighter Wing—one of the nation’s oldest fighter pilot communities! Located in the southeast side of Goldsboro, North Carolina, Seymour Johnson AFB, is the pride and joy of this historic southern town. As you’re getting settled into your new home, you’re probably wondering where the locals go for fun. Well, wonder no more! We have a list of the top things to do in and near Seymour Johnson AFB. Know what you are looking for? Click the number(s) to go right to where you want to go: (1-9) Outdoor Recreation (10) Pools (11-12) Golf (13-14) Gyms (15) Movie Theater (16) Bowling (17-22) Nearby Attractions (23) Museums
Suggested Read: Seymour Johnson AFB: In-Depth Welcome Center (2021 Edition)
COVID-19 NoticeDue to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, many businesses, venues, and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Many, if not all, of the ones listed here, are likely subject to such restrictions for the time being though new re-openings and closings occur all the time. Therefore, a place we mention here may not currently be open or available for the time being. Check individual websites provided in each section or call to find out each place’s current hours and situation.
23 Things To Do Near Seymour Johnson AFB
Seymour Johnson AFB Outdoor Rec
1. Outdoor Recreation Adventure ParkSeymour Johnson AFB 1385 S. Andrews Street Building 4082 Goldsboro, NC 27531
Phone: 1 (919) 722-1104 Seymour Johnson AFB Outdoor Recreation Adventure Park is your go-to spot for adventure! Find everything you need for hunting, fishing, camping, and equipment rentals. If you need a bigger thrill, Outdoor Rec has zip lining, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and even skydiving. What are you waiting for? Your adventure begins at the Outdoor Recreation Adventure Park.
2. FamCampSeymour Johnson AFB 100 Fickel Street Goldsboro, NC 27531
Phone: 1 (919) 722-1104 At FamCamp, you will escape the hustle and bustle of base life. You will enjoy camping in a dense forest with all of the amenities to keep you grilling and sightseeing for days. Contact Outdoor Rec for reservations.
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3. Splash PadSeymour Johnson AFB Debden Park Langley Avenue Goldsboro, NC 27531
Phone: 1 (919) 722-1104 Beat the summer heat at the Splash Pad located at Debden Park inside Seymour Johnson AFB. Colorful spouts, spinning sprinklers, and water springing from the ground. At the Splash Pad you will have a blast with the whole family. Open daily at 10am. Check the website for further information regarding rules and closures.
4. Cliffs of the Neuse State Park240 Park Entrance Road Seven Springs, NC 28578
Phone: 1 (919) 778-6234 Less than 15 miles from Seymour Johnson AFB you will find the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. This park sits on steep cliffs overlooking the Neuse River. Over 7 miles of hiking and biking trails with great views. Fish in the river, boat and swim in the 11-acre lake, then stay overnight at the campground or cabins. Call for reservations.
5. Old Waynesborough Park801 US Hwy 117 S Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: 1 (919) 731-1653 Old Waynesborough Park consists of a village featuring nine historic buildings brought from across the county. Over 150 acres along the Neuse and Little Rivers with over four miles of walking trails through open spaces, forest, and cypress swamp. Facilities are available for weddings, reunions, and other special events. Call for more information.
6. Busco Beach and ATV Park1243 Bryan Boulevard Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: 1 (919) 222-9614 Busco Beach and ATV Park is a recreational riding facility and man-made beach. There is no shortage of things to do. Swim or fish in the lakes. Rent ATVs for the day and ride through their 2,000 acres of mud and tracks. Stay overnight in a tent or a recreational vehicle. R/V hookup includes power, water, and sewer. Busco Beach and ATV Park hosts many events from live bands and DJs to free cookouts. Check their website for upcoming events.
7. Goldsboro Parks and Recreation
Goldsboro Parks and Recreation901 East Ash Street Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: 1 (919) 739-7480 Goldsboro Parks and Recreation is a great resource for all things outdoors in Goldsboro. You can find resources for the many parks, pools, summer camps, adult and youth programs, sports and athletics, as well as various annual events. Call for more details.
8. Bryan Multi-Sports Complex501 S. Oak Forest Road Goldsboro, NC 27534
Phone: 1 (919) 988-6600 The Bryan Multi-Sports Complex utilizes 63 acres of Seymour Johnson AFB making it the first joint P4 partnership between a military base and its home community. The amenities include eight natural and artificial turf fields, three illuminated fields, walking trails, concession facilities, state-of-the-art bathroom facilities, over 400 paved parking spots, and a playground.
9. Jockey's Ridge State Park300 W. Carolista Drive Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone: 1 (252) 441-7132 Jockey’s Ridge State Park is located in Nags Head in the Outer Banks. It is home to the Atlantic coast’s tallest living sand dune, which reaches heights of over 60 feet. The park covers 425 acres and three unique ecosystems: the Roanoke Sound, the dune system and the maritime forest. Enjoy sunbathing, wading, and paddling on one side. Hang gliding, sightseeing and sunsets on the other. Call or visit the website for more details.
Seymour Johnson AFB Pool
10. Swimming Pool
Seymour Johnson AFB1500 Langley Ave Bldg. 4210 Goldsboro, NC 27531
Phone: 1 (919) 222-9614 The Olympic Pool features an awesome water slide, certified lifeguards, a bathhouse, and a concession stand. The pool is located directly behind the Fitness and Sports Center. Lap swim is also available for those 18 and older. Check the website for updated pricing and events.
Seymour Johnson AFB Golf Course
11. Lane Tree Golf Course2317 Salem Church Road Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: 1 (919) 734-1245 Novice and professional golfers alike will find exactly what they need at Lane Tree Golf Course. Tucked next to Little River with over 15 ponds and lakes, you will be golfing with a view. Easily travel the course with over 5-miles of paved cart paths. Get what you need at the pro shop, hit some balls on their unique practice range, and stay for a bite at the Lane Tree restaurant. For tee times call the number above or visit their website.
12. Goldsboro Golf Course1501-B South Slocumb Street Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: 1 (919) 735-0411 Goldsboro Golf Course is a PGA family course. This 18-hole course is open to the public and has it all. Full-service pro shop, large driving range with bunker and chipping range, “Champion” Bermuda Greens, and special senior and junior rates. Reserve tee times online.
Seymour Johnson AFB Gym
13. Family First Fitness Center (3F)Seymour Johnson AFB 1410 Langley Avenue Goldsboro, NC 27531
Phone: 1 (919) 722-0413 All are welcome at the Family First Fitness Center! Enjoy a great workout solo or with the entire family at this family-friendly fitness center. Other amenities include massage therapy and virtual classes to name a few. Check their website or give them a call for hours of operation.
14. Fitness & Sports CenterSeymour Johnson AFB 1500 Langley Avenue Goldsboro, NC 27531
Phone: 1 (919) 722-0420 Fitness & Sports Center, where all your fitness dreams come true! This gym boasts 2 outdoor running tracks, 4 lighted tennis courts, volleyball court, outdoor fitness areas, sauna and showers. Whether you’re looking for a pick-up game of basketball or weight training with a professional, this gym has it all. Check the website for a full list of their amenities and hours.
Seymour Johnson AFB Movie Theater
15. Sabre CinemaSeymour Johnson AFB 3740 Edwards Street Building 3740 Goldsboro, NC 27531
Phone: 1 (919) 722-8796 Who doesn’t love free? At Sabre Cinema you can enjoy movies every month. Invite your neighbors to join you for this fun and free outing. Call the number above for more details.
Seymour Johnson AFB Bowling Alley
16. Phantom LanesSeymour Johnson AFB 1290 Andrews Street Goldsboro, NC 27531
Phone: 1 (919) 722-0350 Bowling is a great way to meet new people! At Phantom Lanes you can join a league, take lessons, play in the arcade room, open bowling, or eat at the 10 Pin Cafe. With 16 lanes, there is plenty of space to perfect your bowling skills and make new friends along the way.
17. Auto Hobby ShopSeymour Johnson AFB 1295 Jabara Ave (Bldg 3104) Goldsboro, NC 27531
Phone: 1 (919) 722-1309 If you dream of working on your own car but don’t have the proper equipment Seymour Johnson Auto Hobby Shop is for you! This unique automotive shop will have you working on your car with state-of-the-art equipment, tools, lifts, weights, chargers to help you get your vehicles into optimum condition. If that’s not your thing then let the professionals do it for you. Come on in and we'll help you get your hands dirty and have some FUN – today! Check the website for detailed pricing.
18. Information, Tickets, & Travel (ITT)Seymour Johnson AFB Inside Outdoor Recreation 1385 S Andrews St (Bldg 4082) Goldsboro, NC 27531
Phone: 1 (919) 722-1104 For all your theme park, travel, and ticketing needs. Seymour Johnson Information, Tickets, & Travel (ITT) has everything you need to plan your next vacation. For your discounted ticket prices stop by ITT located inside the Outdoor Recreation building or call the number above for more information.
19. Seymour Johnson AFB LibraryWatkins-Das Learning Center 1520 Goodson St. Bldg. 3660 Goldsboro, NC 27531
Phone: 1 (919) 722-5825 The library isn’t just for books anymore. The Seymour Johnson AFB Library offers workshops, access to 3D printing, the robot library, Cricut cutter, and over 20,000 books! Don’t forget in-person storytime for the kids. Grab and go crafts are available weekly for free while supplies last.
20. Downtown Escapes208 Walnut Street Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: 1 (919) 588-1025 At Downtown Escapes, you work as a team to escape a room by solving a series of puzzles and clues to win this interactive game. For 60 exhilarating minutes, you will challenge your friends and family in a fun and competitive way. Great for team building, birthday parties, and meeting new friends. Reserve your escape room online now.
21. Wine & Design2808 Cashwell Dr. Goldsboro, NC 27534
Phone: 1 (919) 273-8007 Wine & Design is a fun night out! Relax and enjoy while a local artist guides you through painting your masterpiece. Canvases, paint, and paintbrushes are provided. Great for team building, birthday parties, special events and more. Check the calendar on their website for upcoming sessions for adults and kids.
22. Goldsboro Brew Works: Taproom & Bottle Shop207 N. John St. Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: 1 (919) 429-6162 This unique brewing experience allows you to enjoy a beer tasting in the high-end taproom and move on over to the bottle shop to purchase a bottle. Goldsboro Brew Works: Taproom & Bottle Shop is a popular destination in the up and coming downtown business district of Goldsboro. Cheers! To an evening out with friends and to meeting new ones. Check the website or call for hours of operation.
Seymour Johnson AFB Museum
23. Wayne County Museum116 N. William St. Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: 919-734-5023 Wayne County Museum has a mission to discover, preserve, document, display, and disseminate historical knowledge and artifacts of Wayne County. They seek to increase public awareness of the heritage of Wayne County and its environs through exhibits, events, and traditional and digital information sources.
ConclusionIn North Carolina, the temperate weather will have you jumping at the chance for adventure. Between the vast amount of outdoor recreation like camping, hiking, swimming, ATV riding, you will always find a way to enjoy new and exciting experiences. The close relationship Seymour Johnson AFB has with the local community of Goldsboro is a unique one. Having the base be so a part of the community makes it an easier transition for outsiders to feel welcome.
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