New Bern Outdoors

Lawson Creek Park

New Bern is a retreat for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers as there are countless outdoor activities to enjoy!

From biking, bird watching, boating, camping, fishing, golfing, hiking, hunting, paddling, running, to observing wildlife, and more…we have it all!

Nestled between the Neuse and Trent Rivers, New Bern is a haven for boaters, fishermen, and watersports fanatics! From large Marinas to off the path boat ramps, you’ll find them here!

Fishing is plentiful! Some of the water is brackish so you can catch both salt water and fresh water fish, but you may need both licenses, so check the fishing regulations.

Go Scuba Diving with Divin’ Dawgs, 801 Cardinal Dr., (638-3432)

Prefer paddling? Contact Sound Rivers (637-7972) for paddle trail maps and details about boating and fishing on our rivers.

The Croatan National Forest is a “Nature Lover’s Paradise” and it’s in our backyard! Discover carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant, sundew, along with other exotic plants. The Croatan spans approximately 160,000 acres. It’s home to black bear, deer, wild turkey, quail, coyotes, bald eagles, beaver, bobcats, porcupine, alligator, and other wildlife species. Visit the Ranger’s Station on Hwy 70 E (638-5628).

Check out the Latham-Whitehurst Nature Park off Broad Creek Rd.

Hunting/Fishing License Information (888-248-6834)

Fun Around Town October 17 – 23, 2019

By WSCard | October 17, 2019

Live Music Options At press time here is what we found for the week ahead. Always call the venue to confirm.   Thursday, October 17, 2019    Alisa Mike on stage at City Stage each Thursday 7-9 pm City Stage New Bern 901 B Pollock St offers the serenading sounds of the talented Alisa Mike. Music is served from 7-9 pm Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St (252) offers the music of father/daughter duo Maci Moynae serving the fun sounds under the sails for your dining pleasure evening on the deck. Music plays from 6:30-9:30 pm. The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 Open Mic is […]

Native Plants Tour at Latham-Whitehurst Park

By WSCard | October 9, 2019
NC State Extension Craven County Master Gardener

Saturday, October 19, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Listen, Learn, and Questions OFFSITE: NATIVE PLANTS TOUR at LATHAM-WHITEHURST PARK” – Presented by Dr Tom Glasgow Sponsored by the Craven County Cooperative Extension and Facilitated by Craven County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. These programs are free and open to everyone! Great family education! Call 252-633-1477 for more information. Submitted by: Jim Davidson

Coming to New Bern…its Kidsville Club Days!

By WSCard | October 9, 2019
New Bern Parks and Recreation

New Bern Parks and Recreation presents a new program designed for children in K-8th grades, It’s Kidsville Club Days. This program is offered on select teacher work days throughout the school year from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Children will enjoy an action-packed day of fun, games and field trips. Participants will receive pizza and drinks for lunch along with snacks. Pre-registration is required. Kidsville Club Days will be held on the following Teacher Workdays: Monday, October 14, 2019; Tuesday, November 5, 2019; Friday February 14, 2020, Monday, February 17, 2020 and Friday, March 20, 2020. Early drop off is […]

River Bend Community Day

By WSCard | October 7, 2019
River Bend Community Day

The Annual River Bend Community Day will be on October 26, 2019. Many, many yard/garage sales, Red Caboose Library Book Sale and The River Bend Garden Club Bake Sale (outside of the library). Lists of sales and maps of the town will be given out to “buyers/visitors” to the town at PierPoint development. It will be a big sale day and a lot of fun! Any questions or concerns, please call me at 636-2038 or send me an email. Submitted by: Elizabeth Brinson

New Bern Now and Beyond Podcast for October 3, 2019

By WSCard | October 4, 2019
New Bern Now Podsquad

Episode 126 Connecting you with our community as we talk about the people, places, and the latest happenings in and around New Bern! During the show we talked about community news from locals; along with businesses and nonprofits! We also went Staytrippin’, Daytrippin’, and Nighttrippin’! During this show, New Bern Now’s Podsquad: Colleen Roberts (City of New Bern), Kathy Morrison (New Bern Historical Society), Rich Sheridan (Crystal Coast Discovery Map), Susan Moffat-Thomas, Charles Tendell (New Bern Live), with and I talked about the latest happening in our community on location in the Charles Tendell Studio located inside the O’Marks Bldg., 233 […]

Things to do in and around New Bern: Oct 3 – 10, 2019

By WSCard | October 3, 2019
Things to do in and around New Bern NC

Arts Around Town 4th: The Last Suit, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Orringer Auditorium. Presented by the Lifetime Learning Center at Craven Community College. Call 252-633-2618. 4th: NC Radio Jam, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the New Bern Farmers Market. 4th: An Evening of Mozart & Elgar with Conductor Wesley Schulz, 7:00 p.m. at Temple Church. Presented by The North Carolina Symphony. Call 919-733-2750. 4th: ArtWalk – New Bern, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., presented by the Craven Arts Council at the Bank of the Arts, Greater Good Gallery, and numerous locations in Downtown and around New Bern. 252-638-2577. 4th – 5th: […]

Radio Jam Brings Free Family Friendly Event to New Bern

By WSCard | October 2, 2019
NC Radio Jam

New Bern, N.C. – Curtis Media Group is partnering with Blackbeard’s Triple Play Restaurant & Sports Bar to host RADIO JAM, a free family-friendly event in downtown New Bern. Attendees are welcome to enjoy this free outdoor festival, filled with activities designed for adults and kids to have a fun-filled evening. “We are very excited to showcase our local radio stations at the NC Radio Jam” said Radio Joe Peters, Curtis Media Group General Manager. “We feel that local radio brings entertainment and information to the community in a unique way and this is our opportunity to meet our listeners […]

Read New Bern Now’s Magazine (Oct – Dec 2019) Online – Coming Soon in Print

By WSCard | October 1, 2019
New Bern Now Magazine - 4th Qtr 2019

Check out New Bern Now’s Magazine for October – December, 2019. It will hit the streets soon! The Interactive Edition is available now, view it here. Read feature articles about Michaelé Rose Watson: Rebirth of The Crystal Lady; Howard Matthews – “New Bern’s Music Man”; Award Winning Author Michelle Garren Flye; and Capt Kevin Dewar – Neuse River Fishing Report. See our regular articles to include Arts, History, Outdoor Adventures, Things to Do, Quality of Life, Business, Dining, and much more! It also has a Wall Calendar and Downtown Map! New Bern Now’s Magazine (formerly known as the Ledger) has gone […]

Things to do in and around New Bern: Sept 26 – Oct 3, 2019

By WSCard | September 26, 2019
City Hall Clock Tower by Dave Cowles

Arts Around Town 27th – 29th: Disney “Alice in Wonderland” JR, Fri – Sat: 7:30 p.m.; Sun: 3:00 p.m. at the Masonic Theatre. Presented by RiverTowne Players. Call 252-633-3318. 28th: Walk-In Bathtub’s Improvised Comedy Show, 7:30 p.m. at the New Bern Civic Theatre. Call 252-633-0567. Community Engagement Sept 26th – Oct 6th: Craven County Fair at the Craven County Fairgrounds. 27th: Date Night Movies in the Park: The Wedding Singer, 8:45 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at Union Point Park. Presented by New Bern Parks and Recreation. 252-639-2901. 28th: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Carteret County Health Department, 3820 […]

HistoriCorps Returns to New Bern for Academy Restoration, Seeks Volunteers

By WSCard | September 23, 2019
New Bern Academy Museum

New Bern, NC – HistoriCorps, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to engaging volunteers on the rehabilitation of historic structures for public benefit, in collaboration with the Tryon Palace Foundation, return to New Bern for preservation of the New Bern Academy from October 20 – November 15, 2019. HistoriCorps is seeking volunteers to help restore this community resource through this project. All meals, tools, training, and campsite are provided free of charge. Registration is open at In Spring 2019, volunteers with HistoriCorps repaired failing areas of the building’s historic masonry. This October, HistoriCorps will partner with the Tryon Palace Foundation to enjoy a […]