Local Area Attractions
Tryon Palace Historic Sites and Gardens
610 Pollock Street,
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. The grounds are devoted to extensive gardens ranging from English formal gardens to a kitchen garden to wilderness garden areas. The complex includes four contrasting homes of exceptional beauty. Interpreters in period costumes conduct tours all year. An audiovisual orientation program and crafts demonstration, including cooking in the Tryon Palace kitchen, basket weaving and blacksmithing, are offered daily.
408 Hancock Street
This building 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 a faithful old fire-horse named Fred, who died while answering an alarm.
Atlantic Beach, NC
Only a 30 minute drive from the campground you will find the Crystal Coast. Whether you just want some fun in the sun with a little sand in your shoes, this coast is a gorgeous spot to spend the day.
Local Area EventsListing Calendar
George Washington's 2nd Southern Tour Weekend
Dates/Times: April 24-26, 2015
Various events taking place throughout the weekend!
Location: Various locations throughout Historic Downtown New Bern
Description: On April 20-21, 1791, President George Washington visited New Bern, North Carolina as part of his "Southern Tour." His goals for the tour were to personally observe the condition of the three Southern states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, and to assure himself of the strength of the newly formed United States of America in this region.
He kept a diary during the tour, and was "exceedingly" pleased with his reception in New Bern. The town received him with cannon fire, speeches, a grand dinner and a ball at Tryon Palace, and with great respect and admiration for his leadership and sacrifices during the War of Independence. To honor our first President's visit to New Bern, the citizens of the city are recreating the various events he attended in 1791...and adding some new events too!
Bike MS: Historic New Bern Ride September 11 & 12, 2015
Bike MS is a 2-day cycling event that raises funds to support people living with multiple sclerosis in eastern North Carolina and throughout the United States. Money raised through this event funds MS research, programs, services, and advocacy. In 2011, over 2,600 participants raised $1,677,423 to create a world free of MS. This year, our goal is to raise $1.7 million!
Bike MS cyclists enjoy two full days of riding through rural eastern North Carolina. Each day, cyclists can choose to ride 30, 75, 50 or 100 miles on fully-supported routes. At the conclusion of each day's ride, cyclists are greeted by cheerful volunteers, a delicious, hot meal, ice cold beverages, and live entertainment. It's a great time, you should join us!
North Carolina Chili Festival October 16 & 17, 2015
This two-day event is sponsored by the Greater Havelock Chamber of Commerce at the City Park off Highway 70 in Havelock, NC.
Walter B. Jones Park in Havelock is the place to be for the first taste of gourmet chili, wings, free music, lots of vendors and fun at the Chili Festival. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point flies in a Pedro helicopter for static display both Friday from 5 to 9 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. For chili-tasters preferring to stay in their vehicles, a drive-through pickup station staffed by volunteer youth service groups serves up 12-ounce containers of wings and a drink Friday evening, and of chili and a drink for $5 Saturday in the City Hall Parking lot off N.C. Highway 101. The annual event is sponsored by the Havelock Chamber of Commerce and the Havelock Rotary Club. Vendor information and tickets are available at the chamber.
Mum Fest Oct. 10 & 11, 2015
MUMFEST is recognized as one of the finest award-winning family festivals in the state. MUMFEST is a combination of fun and entertainment that annually attracts more than 80,000 festival-goers to the revitalized beauty of New Berns historic downtown and waterfront. Admission: Free