New Bern…The Hidden Jewel of Eastern NC

New Bern, North Carolina, is a great place to live! Founded 300 years ago, New Bern was NC’s first State Capitol, the Birthplace to Pepsi Cola, home to the State’s first public school and printing press along with numerous Firsts! Abounding in history; arts; outdoor recreation; shopping; and dining opportunities; MSNBC ranked New Bern as a top retirement spot.

A city rich in history, we are celebrating our 300th Anniversary. New Bern boasts to over 150 historical landmarks. There are several guided and self-tour options. Take a trolley, horse and carriage ride, Segway tour, ghost tour, tugboat ride, cemetery tour, and more! Tryon Palace offers self and guided tours along with re-enactments of the landmark of the NC’s First Capitol Building. No matter which option you choose, you’ll learn valuable information about this great city!

Nestled between the Trent and Neuse Rivers, there are plenty of activities to do on the water! Boating, fishing and swimming draw locals and visitors to New Bern’s Neuse and Trent Rivers and tributaries. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to the nearby Croatan National Forest which is home to our City’s mascot, the Black Bear. The Croatan offers hikers, birdwatchers, hunters, campers, and fisherman a safe haven to relish in the great outdoors. New Bern’s Parks and Recreation and Craven County’s Recreation and Parks Departments provide numerous programs and parks for all ages!

The local restaurateurs, artisans, and merchants cater to your needs. Work up your appetite visiting the many art shops and galleries, antique stores and gift shops. Then stop into one of the many restaurants for a taste of New Bern’s exquisite dining experiences. From fresh seafood; vegetarian wraps; steak dinners; Japanese, Italian, Mongolian BBQ, Chinese, Mexican, Greek and Thai food; fondue; to ice cream parlors, you’ll find something to please your taste buds in New Bern! The New Bern Farmers Market is a favorite place for locals to gather. Here, you’ll find unique treasures offered up by local craftsmen, farmers, and artists.

If you’re looking for a beautiful place to escape to, you’ll find it here in New Bern, NC. Did we mention the Atlantic Ocean beaches are only a 40 minute drive and the big cities (Raleigh and Wilmington) are only an hour and a half drive from New Bern.

For a detailed listing of information about New Bern’s arts, history, outdoor recreation, businesses, dining, lodging, shopping, things to do, senior living, community non-profit organizations, civic groups, churches, photo gallery, guest book, and much more, please visit New Bern Now’s website.