New Bern Attractions

With over 150 historic landmarks including the magnificent Tryon Palace and The Birthplace of Pepsi, New Bern, NC is an ideal destination for those simply in search of fun or a glimpse into history . Here, in the second oldest city in North Carolina , the past meets the present and invites visitors to sample its richness. During your stay at The Aerie, visit our museums, galleries, historic attractions, marinas, parks, historic homes and churches. Stroll through our downtown filled with specialty shops and restaurants, or enjoy an informative Trolley Tour or Carriage Ride.

Boaters, fishing enthusiasts and lovers of the outdoors have endless opportunities to explore including sailing or canoeing on our waterways of the Pamlico Sound and strolling along the banks of the Trent and Neuse Rivers. Enjoy golfing at one of the excellent championship courses, hiking in the 157,000-acre Croatan national forest, biking or spending a lazy afternoon in one of the sunny municipal parks.

Historic New Bern offers a variety of cultural, educational, recreational and historical attractions. Whether it's a museum, an historical landmark, shopping,one of the annual special events or the great outdoors, there is something available for everyone.

Quite a few of our guests are fans of Nicholas Sparks, the author of many books including The Wedding, The Notebook, Nights in Rodanthe, Message in a Bottle, A Bend in the Road and others---many of which have become major motion pictures. Most are based in New Bern and the coastal area of North Carolina that Nicholas calls home. We have a self-guided walking tour featuring most of the places mentioned in his novels that are within a short stroll of The Aerie. You might wish to check the following link to view the Sparks family home located on the Trent River in New Bern. Please be aware to respect the family's privacy at all times if driving by or boating near the home.

A Partial List of Attractions

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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National Cemetery
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.

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The Aerie Ferry Pontoon Tours
Tour the Trent River aboard The Aerie's own luxury pontoon to view our wildlife, New Bern's waterfront, and Millionaire Row of homes, such as those of author Nicholas Sparks, and NC former governor, Beverly Perdue. Tours are 90 minutes and leave from the docks at the Galley Stores and Marina besides Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant. (252) 636-5553

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Attmore-Oliver House
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.

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Fireman's Museum
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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1929 Model A Tour
Tour historic New Bern, North Carolina's original colonial capital, in The Aerie's fully restored 1929 Ford Model A. Tours last 45 minutes with a trip across the Trent River over the drawbridge overlooking a fantastic view of the mile-wide Neuse River. The tour is narrated, covering 300 years of history, and can be scheduled to drop you off at any of our downtown restaurants or other downtown locations (all restaurants are within walking distance of The Aerie). (252) 636-5553

Costumes are available to make your tour more fun and authentic!

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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.

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