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Things to do in New Bern


Tryon Palace

At Tryon Palace, North Carolina’s history is more than a story . . . it’s an experience. Guided Tours, live reenactments and conversations with costumed interpreters bring history to life in vivid detail at the Governor’s Palace, Gardens and Historic Homes.

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New Bern Trolley Tour

Experience the charm of Historic downtown New Bern in a 90-minute tour. Professional guides recount the fascinating historical and architectural details of this former royal capital of North Carolina. Check the website for tour times and to purchase tickets.

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Birthplace of Pepsi

At this spot in his pharmacy, Caleb Bradham invented “Brad’s Drink” which was later patented as Pepsi-Cola. Enjoy a refreshing Pepsi at the recreated soda fountain.

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New Bern Civil War Battlefield Park

Military strategy comes to life at Battlefield Park. This key, Civil War battle took place in 1862 and led to the Union soldiers occupying New Bern for the balance of the Civil War. Self-guided or guided tours are available.

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The Arts


Held on the second Friday of every month, enjoy a walking tour around historic downtown, explore galleries, listen to local musicians, and socialize with local authors and more

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Bank of the Arts

Located in a former bank building (c.1913), the Bank of the Arts is both a cultural and architectural treat. Changing exhibits feature painting, sculpture, photography, pottery, and fiber art from artists throughout the southeastern United States.

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Carolina Creations Fine Art & Contemporary Craft Studio

This gem showcases the work of over 300 professional artists from North Carolina and across the country.

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New Bern Civic Theatre and Rivertowne Players

Home to multiple, high-quality productions each year, both organizations provide New Bern with wonderful comedies, musicals, and dramas.

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Shopping, Dining, & More


Enjoy the unique shopping experience that is downtown New Bern. Locally owned shops, boutiques and galleries will delight even the most discerning shopper. And if you are looking for Antiques, you’ve come to the right place!

Blue MagnoliaView here.

This wonderful shop is a local lifestyle store. Filled with furniture, lighting and home décor items.

Franklin’s Antiques View here.

An antique shop with a warm atmosphere, diverse collection, and very friendly staff. It’s an adventure to see the variety of items in their displays.

Peacock’s Plume View here.

Find a new “you” at this unique clothing shop. Peacock’s Plume is an upscale boutique that chases trends with a variety of clothes, accessories, and shoes.

The ChelseaView here.

Visit this delicious and upscale New American eatery with fresh seafood, beef, and pasta housed in a renovated store once used by the inventor of Pepsi.

Morgan’s Tavern View here.

This homey tavern features a broad menu and a cozy atmosphere.

MJ’s Raw Bar and Grille View here.

At MJ’s, you will find a taste of Maryland in North Carolina. Seafood deliciously prepared fresh with old family recipes and great burgers too.

Fine Dining

Foodies, Rejoice! New Bern is home to an eclectic variety of food choices and Dining experiences. When the weather permits, enjoy dining al fresco or if you prefer, dine indoors at one of our many wonderful restaurants. Choices abound from southern delights to exceptional seafood to Indian Cuisine.


New Bern is a waterfront destination filled with opportunities to get outside and enjoy a variety of activities. Go for a hike in the Croatan National Forest, rent a kayak, play a round of golf, throw a few axes or take a romantic walk on the Trent River and watch the sunset.

Union Point ParkView here.

Start your scenic travel through New Bern with one of it’s most beautiful sites. Union Point Park is on New Bern’s waterfront and offers its visitors a breath-taking view as well as a pleasant place to enjoy family and nature.

Croatan National Forest View here.

Canoe down the blackwater creeks or go fishing in the saltwater marshes, the 160,000-acre Croatan National Forest offers a wide range of recreational activities.

Beary The Hatchet View here.

Have a fun and unique experience at Beary The Hatchet, which celebrates the old sport of axe-throwing in a safe and fun environment.

212 Pollock St, New Bern, NC 28560

(252) 634-1776

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