Hammocks Beach ferry service resumes August 30 2019

By Mike McHugh

SWANSBORO--And on the 351st day, ferry service from Hammocks Beach State Park to Bear Island will resume. The first boat leaves the dock Friday at 9:30 a.m. with a second boat leaving on the top of each hour.

Reservations are not available and fares vary. Adult tickets are $6; seniors 62 years of age or older and children ages 3 to 12 are $4. Infants and children up to 3 are free. Campsites are available for $15 per night.

Hurricane Florence which raked eastern North Carolina beginning on Sept. 13, 2018, and lingering around for several days, inflicted severe damage to the docks and infrastructure at the state park located off Hammocks Beach Road in Swansboro.

While park officials had planned back in 2018 to repair the mainland and Bear Island docks after the ferry season concluded in October, Florence altered those plans.

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Marsh Cruises

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PO Box 855, Swansboro, N.C. 28584

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Sunset, ecological, shelling, photography and even night cruises will allow you to get up close and personal to the scenic waterways, Islands and beaches so abundant in the area. Check out our rates for cruises up to 6 persons off all ages. Cruising the Swansboro & Emerald Isle Areas!

Swansboro By Candlelight

Saturday, Nov. 17, 5 -9 pm

Historic Downtown Swansboro becomes a magical winter wonderland November 17th, 5 -9 pm as the Historic Downtown Merchants host their Annual Swansboro by Candlelight. Luminaries line the streets, shop windows display whimsical scenes, and ribbons & bows put the finishing touches on a journey back to the days of yesteryear.

Live entertainment in the Olde Towne Square, Wine Tasting at Bake Bottle & Brew and The Gray Dolphin. The downtown merchants will be offering refreshments to all of their guests and they will be open until 9 pm. For more information please call (910) 326-1174.

Merrow Boutique

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