Want to get a different perspective of the New Bern area? Book a sailing with Captain Paul on the Adventure Ship Bolero! Captain Paul has over 35 years of sailing expertise and is a wonderful source of information and history of the area. He offers 1 1/2 hour day and sunset cruises on the Neuse River (we did a sunset cruise and it was lovely).
Captain Paul is wonderful with kids and before they even get on his ship, he gives them a safety speech. While on the water, he will let them have a turn at the helm and tells great pirate stories. It will be a kid-favorite activity!
Pricing & Hours
Check out the website for current pricing and tour hours.
The Birthplace of Pepsi is the actual site where Pepsi-Cola was first invented by a man named Caleb Bradham in his pharmacy in 1898. The old soda fountain still gleams and you feel you have taken a step back in time. Enjoy a fountain Pepsi or one of Pepsi's new offerings. As you enjoy your beverage, walk around to see the photos and learn the history of this American classic drink and the inventor himself. There is also a store adjacent to purchase Pepsi-Cola memorabilia.
Monday through Saturday 10am - 6pm
Sunday Noon - 6pm
256 Middle Street, New Bern, NC
Carolina Beach, NC
Award-winning donuts await! This simple donut shop has been around for 75 years cranking on the same delicious glazed donuts. No choice here; they offer just one kind. Coffee and beverages are also available. They are closed for the season (September through March) and the rest of the year they have varied days and hours of operations.
Carolina Beach, NC
Carolina Beach State Park is known for its carnivorous plants. The Flytrap Trail is the most popular and very close to the campground. There is a marina located within the park where there is a boat launch and kayak/paddleboard/bicycle rentals.
This NC State Park does not have an admission fee!
Carolina Beach State Park offers 70 tent/trailer campsites and 9 RV/trailer campsites. This is pretty much dry camping as there is no water hook-ups and although there are a few sites that offer electrical, they are hard to come by. Summers (as we can attest) can be downright hot so if you can't secure an electrical site, you may want to look elsewhere.
Remember, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
The park also has four (4) camper cabins located in the family campground (one is ADA). These camping cabins sleep six (6) in two rooms with a double bed and two sets of bunk beds. Each cabin has electrical receptacles and a heating and air-conditioning unit. Outside cabin amenities include a picnic table, charcoal grill and a fire ring. Drinking water and restrooms with hot showers are located nearby.
Boat Launch Ramp
Boaters Lounge Area (with free wifi)
Carolina Beach, NC
Flaming Amy's Burrito Barn is a great place for a casual lunch for dinner. Check out the international flavors in their specialty burritos. They offer flavor profiles such as Greek, Thai, Vegetarian and BBQ. Other offerings are tacos, salads and quesadillas and include a kids menu. There is also a bar!
Second location located in Wilmington, NC
Fort Macon State Park is a restored Civil War-era fort, a museum, a coastal education center and also offers a beautiful beach for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing. Watch the movie in the Visitor's Center to hear of the storied past of this fort before setting off to explore yourself. There are many recreated room scenes to get a feel of what life was like at the Fort during it's different periods of occupation. Museum rooms offer insight into weapons, historical dress and communications to name a few. We were lucky to see a musket demonstration while we were there and sometimes they will have cannon demonstrations! Plan a couple of hours to see everything.
Admission is Free!!
9am - 5:30pm Daily for Fort Macon
Beach open Memorial Day - Labor Day 10am - 5:45pm
2303 East Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC
Located on the banks of the Neuse River with a view of downtown New Bern, this campground offers a beautiful setting with plenty to do. For the kids, there is a pool, mini golf, and a jump pad. Feel like fishing? There is a catch-and-release pond (no fishing license required) or fish off the 100-foot pier (NC fishing license required). There are porch swings here as well if you just want to enjoy the sunset. There is also kayaks and paddleboat rentals or bring your own boat and tie up in one of our boat slips. There is also a boat ramp for 14 ft and smaller boats.
1565 B Street, New Bern, NC
Pull-Thru - Full hook-ups, 50/30 amp, Regular or Deluxe Patio Site
Pull-Thru - Full hook-ups, 30/20 amp
Back-in - Full- Hook-ups 50/30 amp
Back-in - Water/Electric 30/20 amp
Offers one or two bedroom cabins. Deluxe units have bathrooms while camping cabins do not. Some cabins can sleep up to 6 people. Pet-Friendly!!!
Pool (May - October)
Kayak & Paddleboat Rentals
PricingCheck their website for pricing information!Awards
2016 KOA Founders Award & 2016 President's Award
Tryon's Palace is know as the first state capitol of North Carolina. The mansion that stands today may only be a replica of the original completed in 1770, but impressive none-the-less. The original structure burned to the ground right after the state capitol was relocated to Raleigh, It wasn’t until the 1950’s that this modern recreation “faithful to the original architect’s plans” was built on the same site and opened to the public.
Tours are offered of the mansion, other historical homes nearby, gardens and the North Carolina History Center as part of their One-Day pass. The Visitor Center said to see everything it would take about 4 hours. There are options to pick and choose what you would like to visit. For kids, touring the formal gardens only is a great way to get the experience of the place but keep the kids outdoors where they can do some exploring.
Tryon Palace is only closed five days a year: Thanksgiving Day, December 23-25 (2015), and January 1. For the rest of the year, hours are as follows:
Monday through Saturday
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Governor’s Palace has guided tours every half hour, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. The Kitchen Office is a self-paced building open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Dixon and Stanly houses have guided tours throughout the day. The North Carolina History Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check with the ticket desk for additional information and specific tour times.
Noon to 5 p.m.
529 South Front Street, New Bern, NC
Tips - The Gardens are stroller friendly. You may want to bring sunscreen, water and bug spray to be on the safe side.