Getting to know Seymour Johnson AFB

Seymour Johnson

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base is a fantastic location for you and your family to set up in as your new home! Centrally located in the beautiful state of North Carolina, there's easy access to plenty of interesting activities and fun getaways to help you jump right into life here!

Relocation to Seymour Johnson AFB
Seymour Johnson AFB is located in the town of Goldsboro, less than 90 miles from the Atlantic Coast. Other towns in the area include Greenville and Kinston. Raleigh, Rocky Mount and Fayetteville are all less than 60 miles away.

The weather in central North Carolina is hard to beat – the climate here offers a full range of seasons without subjecting residents to uncomfortable extremes. Highs in the winter average in the lower 50s, though there are still chances for occasional snow flurries. Summers are bright and sunny with temperatures usually staying in the upper 80s to lower 90s. 

There are also plenty of educational options for children of all ages here with dozens of schools in the district. You can choose from a number of top-notch educational programs for your children. In fact, two of Goldsboro's high schools, the Wayne Early/Middle College High School and the Wayne School of Engineering at Goldsboro High School are rated 9s out of 10 on the GreatSchools index. Actor Andy Griffith even spent a few years teaching drama at Goldsboro High School!

The on-post housing options provided by Corvias Military Living at the Seymour Johnson AFB include a full range of family-friendly amenities. There are many different kinds of new home or newly renovated homes for you to choose from to fit your family's needs and personal style. You'll feel right at home in a neighborhood and community of other military families and benefit from the professional expertise of the Corvias staff. With these experienced friends and neighbors around, it will be easy to transition to life at Seymour Johnson. 

Fun facts about the Seymour Johnson AFB area

  • The base opened shortly after the United States entered World War II.
  • The largest air show in North Carolina, Wings Over Wayne, is held at the base. 
  • It is named after Goldsboro native U.S. Navy Lt. Seymour A. Johnson, a test pilot who died in a plane crash. 
  • The base was deactivated from 1946 until 1956. 

"You'll love the breathtaking views at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park!"

Things to do around the Seymour Johnson AFB
This base has a great location for exploring! There are many quality activities right in town or just a short drive away for an afternoon of fun and adventures. 

If you enjoy your time outside, you'll love the breathtaking views at the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park! The cliffs overlook the Neuse River, where you can go tubing, kayaking, swimming or fishing. You can rent equipment, like paddle boats, to take out onto the water. With camping sites, picnic grounds and hiking trails, there are plenty of entertaining activities to get you out into nature at this park! 

Looking for something to do to entertain the kids that they can also learn something from? You'll love the Old Waynesborough Park! With historic buildings that were located to the park from around the country, you can explore what life was like in the 18th and 19th centuries! With nine buildings, including an old-timey school and lawyers office, an old cemetery and plenty of trails to explore, you'll have fun while you learn about Colonial life in North Carolina! 

Movie buffs will love a quick trip to Smithfield to visit the Ava Gardner Museum. Watch one of the actress's most beloved films, view collections of her costumes and formal wear and gifts and treasures from such other famous faces as Frank Sinatra. 

Golfers will find plenty of excellent courses in the area, including Walnut Tree Country Club and Lane Tree Golf Club

Because of the Seymour Johnson AFB's great central North Carolina location, there are plenty of easy destinations if you want to venture outside of your immediate area as well. Drive up to Raleigh-Durham to catch a nationally renowned basketball game at either Duke, North Carolina State or UNC-Chapel Hill, depending on your allegiances.

Many classic cultural experiences can be had here in the state's capitol, including a visit to the North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Museum of History or the North Carolina Museum of Art

For something more active, take the whole family to Frankie's Fun Park to ride go karts, play arcade games or take in a round of mini-golf. If ATVs are more your speed, try Busco Beach

"One of the best things about living in the South is the legendary comfort food."

Places to eat around the Seymour Johnson AFB 
One of the best things about living in the South is the legendary comfort food. When it comes to some classic Eastern-style barbecue, McCall's Bar-B-Q & Seafood is a great bet for a good meal. Visitors rave about the options at their lunch buffet – a spread of barbecued pork, fried fish, hush puppies and their famous peach cobbler. 

Ed's Southern Food and Spirits is another local favorite to get a real taste of North Carolina. Try the fried green tomatoes, slow-braised ribs or shrimp and grits to get acquainted with the local fare.  

If your kids, like most kids, love to go out for pizza, then your family will love Brooklyn Pizzeria. Try a variety of classic toppings on a pizza, or if the whole group can't agree, everyone can order by the slice instead! They also serve other classic Italian dishes like lasagna or spinach ravioli. 

When it's time for date night, you and your spouse can head over to Carl & Chelle's Grill Room. Share a bottle of wine as you dine on a rib-eye or filet mignon cooked to perfection with your choice of delicious vegetable sides. 

La Paz Family Mexican Restaurant is a local favorite authentic Mexican restaurant that comes highly recommended by our staff. Grab classic chimichangas, tamales and fajitas. Come for Taco Tuesdays or the all-you-can-eat quesadillas on Thursday! 

If you can't quite decide what you're in the mood for, try a location that has a little bit of everything! Jay's Sushi and Burger Bar is a new local favorite serving up delicious Asian-American fusion food, like the kimchi burger and a wide spread of sushi and sashimi options.

Weekend destinations
Raleigh, North Carolina, is about one hour away
Durham, North Carolina, is about one hour away
Wilmington, North Carolina, is about two hours away
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is about three hours away
Richmond, Virginia, is about four hours away
Charlotte, North Carolina, is about four hours away 
Asheville, North Carolina, is about four hours away
Charleston, South Carolina, is about four hours away
Savannah, Georgia, is about five hours away