Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens
610 Pollock Street , New Bern (252) 514-4900. Known in colonial times as one of the most beautiful public buildings in America, the elegant Georgian-style mansion served as both home of Royal Governor William Tryon and the capital of the Colony of North Carolina. Restored to its 18th-century glory, Tryon Palace is furnished with an outstanding collection of antiques and art while the grounds are devoted to extensive gardens. Don't miss the John Wright Stanly House, the George W. Dixon House or the Robert Hay House included with admission.
~~~~~New Bern Tours
(Trolley Tour) - 333 Middle Street, New Bern (252) 637-7316. Discover three centuries of history and architectural beauty in a 90-minute trolley car tour of historic New Bern. Professional guides will recount the fascinating details of this former royal capital of North Carolina.
~~~~~The Birthplace of Pepsi
256 Middle Street , New Bern (252) 636-5898. On this spot in his pharmacy, Caleb Bradham invented "Brad's Drink" in 1898, which he later patented as Pepsi-Cola. Today you can relax and enjoy a cold Pepsi-Cola at the recreated soda fountain and purchase memorabilia in the store that the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New Bern opened on the 100 th Anniversary of the world-renowned drink.
~~~~~USMC Aviation Exhibit
Havelock (252) 444-6400. The USMC Aviation Exhibit features the history of Marine Corps aviation. Restored aircraft, scaled models, historic photographs and artifacts are on display.
1711 National Avenue , New Bern (252) 637-2912. Established in 1867 on the site of Union force military drills during the Civil War, visitors will find seemingly endless rows of white marble graves of the brave soldiers who fought and died for our country.
~~~~~Carolina Carriage and Tours
New Bern (252) 675-5360. Enjoy a daytime tour of New Bern's downtown and historic district or choose a romantic evening drive through town in a horse drawn carriage.
~~~~~Bank of the Arts
317 Middle Street., New Bern (252) 638-2577. The Craven Arts Council & Gallery offers a variety of artistic expressions to the community and the schools in the form of classes, exhibitions and concerts or regional and national artists.
~~~~~Lookout Lady 2 Hour Fully Narrated Cruises
Step aboard and cruise calm inland waters on a comfortable, stable catamaran. US Coast Guard licensed and inspected for 49 passengers. Enjoy nature's beauty on a 2-hour fully narrated relaxing cruise, while seeing New Bern's picturesque and historical waterfront in its splendor. Cruise past Millionaire's row (including Nicholas Spark's house) & Riverbend. See osprey nests and possible sightings of deer, otters or even alligators. We are located adjacent to the Hilton Hotel & New Bern Convention Center. New Bern Grand Marina, Dock F. For info & reservations: 252-728-7827.
~~~~~Captain Fins Kayak & Pontoon Rentals
Hourly & Daily Boat & Kayak Rentals downtown New Bern. Adjacent to the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & New Bern Convention Center. New Bern Grand Marina, Dock F. For info & reservations on Boat or Kayak Rentals please call: (252) 876-2288.
New Bern Academy Museum
New and Hancock Sts., New Bern (252) 514-4900. Founded in 1764 and built in 1809, New Bern Academy is the oldest public school building in North Carolina and one of the oldest in America. Exhibits on architecture, education and the Civil War (when it was used as a hospital).
510A Pollock Street, New Bern (252) 638-8558. The Attmore-Oliver House (c.1790) is the headquarters for the New Bern Historical Society, exhibits 18th- and 19th- century furniture and New Bern historical objects, including Civil War artifacts, and a unique doll collection.
408 Hancock Street , New Bern (252) 636-4087. The Fireman's Museum houses steam pumpers and an extensive collection of early fire-fighting equipment along with rare photographs, Civil War relics, and even the mounted head of Fire Horse Fred, who died answering a false alarm.
~~~~~Cedar Grove Cemetery
Queen and George Sts., New Bern. Statuary and monuments beneath Spanish moss–draped trees from the earliest days of our nation, and the city's monument to its Confederate dead are here. The cemetery's main gate features a shell motif Legend has it that if it ''weeps'' on you as you enter, you'll be the next one carried through in a hearse.
~~~~~New Bern Civic Theater
414 Pollock Street , New Bern (252) 633-0567. The New Bern Civic Theatre presents dramas, comedies, musicals and even performances in sign language. Call for a complete listing of performances and dates.
~~~~~Tradewind Aviation Scenic Rides
820 Aviation Dr., New Bern (252) 636-0716. See New Bern from the air! Tradewind Aviation, based at Craven Regional Airport, offers reasonably priced 30-minute and one-hour tours for one to three passengers aboard a Cessna 172.
~~~~~Sailing Cruises and Bus Tours with Palm Coast Tours & Outings
New Bern (252) 665-1175 Our Tour Guide Team entertain you with family-friendly activities on both our comfortable, air-conditioned luxury Tour Bus AND our 43 ft. Sailing Yacht, Two Peas. We introduce ALL that our area's charming historical towns and scenic rivers have to offer. You are invited to be our guest and leave the navigating to us. We showcase the beautiful scenery, quaint shops, unique restaurants, art galleries, museums, places of worship, waterfront areas, and historical points of interest while sharing local community and historical information along the way.
Enjoy a leisurely tugboat cruise, hosted by a local captain, along the beautiful Neuse and Trent Rivers or up Brice Creek. Pick your interest: wildlife, gorgeous homes, remote tannin-stained waters, interesting insights - a view of our area that is a major part of the allure that makes this area so special for 300 years. Standard cruises are 2 hours in length for up to 6 passengers and vary in price based on number in your party. Quick 30 minute harbor tours also available for parties of 4 or more. Special charters/custom cruises are available including private ‘Romantic Evenings.’ Located at New Bern Grand Marina, 101 Craven Street, Doubletree Hotel Waterfront. Call for appointment (252) 349-3819