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DAY TRIPS

As if a day in New Bern doesn’t have enough to offer, there are plenty of other opportunities you’ll love to explore in locations that are a short drive away. Head down to the coastal region of North Carolina, where you’ll find even more museums, state parks, cruises, and nature centers. It’s easy to fall in love with the history and beauty the entire region has to offer.

Fort Macon State Park

Among the finest examples of coastal forts constructed along the eastern seaboard after the War of 1812. P.O. Box 127, Atlantic Beach, NC, (252) 726-3775.
Travel Time: 1 hour

 

Aurora Fossil Museum

Features four rooms of interesting marine fossils and a gift shop specializing in fossilized shark teeth. 400 Main Street, Aurora, NC, (252) 322-4238.
Travel Time: 45 minutes

 

North Carolina Maritime Museum

A visit will enhance your appreciation of the natural beauty, precious resources, and rich cultural heritage of coastal North Carolina. 315 Front Street, Beaufort, NC, (252) 728-7317.
Travel Time: 1 hour

 

Cruise the Crystal Coast

Choose among 17 regularly scheduled scenic tours, party cruises, lunch or dinner cruises – or arrange to charter one of three vessels (up to 246 passengers). Mystery Tours, Beaufort and Morehead City waterfronts. (252) 728-7827.
Travel Time: 1 hour

 

Caswell No. 1 Fire Station Museum

Examine fire-fighting equipment from the 1800’s to modern times. A 1922 American LaFrance Pumper is the museum’s centerpiece. 118 South Queen Street, Kinston, NC, (252) 527-1566.
Travel Time: 45 minutes

 

C.S.S. Neuse State Historic Site and Governor Richard Caswell Memorial

The civil war ironclad ramming vessel and the memorial are alongside the Neuse River, and exhibits tell stories that span two American Wars. Hwy 70 Business, Kinston, NC, (252) 522-2091.
Travel Time: 45 minutes

 

Science & Nature Center

Features North American Wildlife Exhibit, Shells are Everywhere Exhibit and Waterfowl of the Atlantic Flyway along with displays of Eastern NC snakes and turtles and a 10,000 gallon aquarium with live fish, a touch tank and interactive displays. 1000 Mumford Road, Greenville, NC, (252) 329-4561.
Travel time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

 

North Carolina Aquarium

Promotes appreciation of North Carolina’s aquatic resources. Daily programs may include marine life, videos, audience, participation games, and feeding programs. 1 Roosevelt Drive, Pine Knoll Shores, NC, (252) 247-4003.
Travel time: 1 hour

 

North Carolina Estuarium

Features unique environmental artworks, living aquariums, audio-visual, historic artifacts and boats. Celebrates special ecosystems and what they mean to life in the “soundlands.” 223 East Water Street, Washington, NC, (252) 948-0000.
Travel time: 45 minutes

 

Palm Coast Tours & Outings

Palm Coast Tours & Outings offers several regularly scheduled tours and outings options that include some all-day adventures. Our professional guides take passengers in our luxury touring coach to several area destinations such as the NC Aquarium, Beaufort for our Sharks & Seaport Outing, Oriental, the Eastern Carolina Aviation Exhibit in Havelock and a Waterfront Wine Tasting on our Dragons, Wings & Wine Outing. We not only take you there, we entertain and educate you with fascinating local lore and community information. All of our tours & outings include our “exclusive discount coupon package” for local businesses. Regular tours & outings depart from and return to the Recreation Center in Fairfield Harbour, 107 Marina Drive, New Bern, NC, (252) 665-1175.
Travel time: 15 minutes to departure location. Destination travel times vary depending on selection.

 

Beach Day Trip

As if a day in New Bern doesn't have enough to offer, there are plenty of other opportunities you'll love to explore in locations that are a short drive away. Head down to the coastal region of North Carolina to explore the sandy beaches of the Atlantic and Intracoastal Waterway. There, you'll find even more museums, state parks, cruises, and nature centers. It's easy to fall in love with the history and beauty the entire region has to offer.
Travel time: 1 hour

 

Foscue Plantation

Located in Pollocksville, the Foscue Plantation is a majestic reminder of a period in time more than 200 years ago. The house has been meticulously restored to its original construction in high-style antebellum décor that showcases a number of original furnishings. If you want to step back in time and find out about a fascinating tale of love and war and the strength of a Southern family, you have come to the right place! With three floors and a working basement, cemetery, garden, forest, plantation land, and the Trent River at the back of the property, there is much to see. The home is available for viewing on Thursdays from 10:00am to 4:00pm and by appointment. Contact (252) 224-1803 for more information.
Travel time: 30 minutes

 

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