Attractions

Tourist attractions in New Bern, NC are unique and unforgettable. Take a casual stroll through the enchanting historic district filled with lovingly restored mansions from the city's past. Tour the faithfully re-created Colonial Governor's Palace, or catch one of the many re-enactment events held there. And don't miss visiting the birthplace of Pepsi. Visitors to New Bern should first stop by the Craven County Conventions and Visitors Center on the waterfront at the corner of East and Front Streets.  Here you will be given self-guided tour sheets that highlight various aspects of New Bern's rich heritage. And, if you have kids, they won't be bored. New Bern has many activities for children.

North Carolina History Center
529 South Front Street
 
The North Carolina History Center at sunset

The North Carolina History Center has revolutionized the visitor encounter at the state’s premier historic site and sets a new standard for the museum experience. History Navigator tours using portable interactive devices add an exciting new dimension to our historic sites. Rotating exhibitions and the wide variety of interactive historical activities keep the experience fresh and exciting with each visit. The Pepsi Family Center will transport you through time. The Regional History Museum takes you from the very formation of the coastline to the people who shaped the history of this region. The Duffy Exhibit Gallery, the Cullman Performance Hall, Lawson’s Landing: A Riverwalk Café, and the Museum Store complete the experience.  Great fun for kids!

"Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens
610 Pollock Street, (252) 514-4900

Tryon Palace is one of Eastern Carolina's top tourist destinations

After the Revolutionary War, Tryon Palace became the capitol of the independent State of North Carolina. Restored to its 18th-centrury glory, Tryon Palace is furnished with and outstanding collection of antiques and art. The grounds are devoted to extensive gardens ranging from English formal gardens to a kitchen garden to wilderness garden areas.

The complex includes three contrasting homes of exceptional beauty: the John Wright Stanly House (c.1783), a stately home built by the Revolutionary War patriot: the Dixon-Stevenson House (c.1830), a prominent Federal-style home noted for its rare NeoClassical antiques and the Robert Hay House (c.1805) where a "hands on" tour is offered. Interpreters in period costumes conduct tours all year and each landmark has a marvelous story to tell. An audio/visual orientation program and crafts demonstration, including cooking in the Tryon Palace kitchen, basket weaving and blacksmithing, are offered daily. There are a number of special events, such as the Christmas Candlelight Tours, Christmas Celebration Tours, Gardener's Weekend, Chrysanthemum Festival, spring, summer and fall flower displays and Summer Drama Tours.

In addition, The New Bern Academy, situated in New Bern's oldest residential district, invites exploration of New Bern's history from the settlement period of 1710 through the Civil War. Special focus is given to topics of early education, New Bern architecture and builders, and the story of New Bern as a Union city in the midst of the Confederacy.

Attmore-Oliver House
513 Broad Street, (252) 638-8558
This home (c.1790), headquarters for the New Bern Historical Society, exhibits 18th-and 19th-century furniture and New Bern historical objects, including Civil War artifacts. Entrance located at 510 Pollock Street.

Birthplace of Pepsi
256 Middle Street, (252) 636-5898
On this spot in his pharmacy, Caleb Bradham invented "Brad's Drink" which he later patented as Pepsi-Cola©. Today, you can relax and enjoy a Pepsi-Cola© at the recreated soda fountain.

Cedar Grove Cemetery
Corner of Queen and George Streets, (252) 636-4000
In this cemetery are graves that date back to the earliest days of our nation. There is a monument for the Confederate dead which contains graves of 70 soldiers.

Cherry Point MCAS
Cherry Point, (252) 466-4906
This is the largest Marine Corps Air Station in the nation . Tours are available and might include observation of military working dogs, flying squadrons such as Harriers, search-and-rescue helicopters, a crash fire & rescue demonstration, or windshield tour of the air station.

Croatan National Forest
141 E. Fisher Avenue, (252) 638-5628
This was one site of a battle that was fought in New Bern during the Civil War. Outdoor recreation opportunities include camping, picnicking, hiking, hunting and fishing.

A Day At The Farm
183 Woodrow McCory Rd., (252) 514-9494
Enjoy this historic dairy farm where you'll see the old dairy barns, milking equipment and period antiques. Other areas of interest include a pumpkin patch, peanut patch, fish & duck pond, farm animals, playground, hay rides and more.

Farmers Market
421 S. Front Street, (252) 638-4408
Fresh local produce is available. Also a location for special community gatherings and events.

Firemen's Museum
408 Hancock Street, (252) 636-4087
This building, beside the modern Broad Street fire station in New Bern, houses steam pumpers and an extensive collection of early firefighting equipment, along with rare photographs, Civil War relics, and even the mounted head of a faithful old firehorse named Fred, who died while answering an alarm.

National Cemetery
National Avenue, (252) 637-2912
The graves of brave soldiers who fought and died for our country make up this cemetery.

New Bern Trolley Tours
333 Middle Street, (252) 637-7316
Discover three centuries of history and architectural beauty in a 90-minute Trolley Car Tour of downtown New Bern. Professional guides will account the fascinating details of their former royal capital of North Carolina

MUMFEST 

Recognized as one of the finest award-wining festivals in North Carolina, MUMFEST is a combination of family fun, entertainment and festival activities that annually attracts more than 80,000 festival-goers to downtown historic New Bern and its waterfront.

Scenic River Tours

Lookout Lady Cruises - Enjoy nature's beauty on a 2-hour fully narrated relaxing cruise, while seeing New Bern's picturesque and historical waterfront in its splendor on a comfortable stable catamaran. Located adjacent to the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & New Bern Convention Center. New Bern Grand Marina, Dock F.

Captain Fins Pontoon and Kayak Rentals and Tours - offers 2, 4, and 8 hour pontoon and kayak rentals from the same location.  Visit www.kayaknewbern.com for more information.

For more information regarding New Bern attractions visit www.newbernnow.com.