Accessible Experience

Discover the charm and beauty of New Bern with our specially curated accessible itinerary, designed to ensure everyone can experience the best of our historic city. This tour highlights ADA-compliant stops that cater to diverse needs, ensuring every traveler can comfortably explore our stunning waterfront, historic downtown, and iconic landmarks. Join us as we embark on a barrier-free journey through New Bern,
where everyone is welcome to enjoy the rich history, vibrant culture, and breathtaking scenery of our beloved city.

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Start your day at Baker’s Kitchen, renowned for its signature Butter Syrup. This downtown gem offers scrumptious homemade cuisine, coupled with warm and welcoming service. The charming atmosphere of the beautifully preserved brick building makes for a memorable dining experience in the heart of downtown on Middle Street.

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An addition to the Tryon Palace & Gardens complex, this premier museum experience guides visitors from the formation of the coastline to the people who shaped the history of this region. The first floor of the Governor’s Palace and North Carolina History Center are wheelchair accessible, and special accommodations are available upon advance request.

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While you’re there, stop for a bite or refreshment at the waterfront café inside the History Center. The deli offers stunning views of the Trent River in addition to fresh NC Craft Beer & Wine by the Glass.

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Located on 111 acres near the airport, Creekside is our largest athletic park. It offers a variety of recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities including multiple athletic fields, playgrounds, picnic shelters and waterfront access. From the Liberty wheelchair swing to the wide sidewalks and rubber surfacing, this park promotes safety and ease of movement.

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This community theatre organization has been bringing people together to celebrate the arts for over 50 years. The historic Athens Theatre, built in 1910 for silent films, was recently renovated with upgrades such as a modern sound system that will provide an enhanced experience for all. Special seating has been designed for accessibility, as well as accommodations for two wheelchairs and a fully ADA-compliant accessible restroom.

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With its signature clock tower, City Hall is the hallmark of New Bern’s skyline. The iconic building has served the community for over 100 years, used as a Federal Courthouse, local Customs Office, and Post Office before it was home to the municipal government. The Romanesque Revival architecture and historical significance have landed it on the National Register of Historic Places, making it one of the most popular attractions and photo ops in New Bern.

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The Bank of the Arts resides in a former bank building, gifted by First Citizens Bank, elegantly merging art and architectural heritage. Founded in 1974 as a volunteer organization to promote countywide cultural initiatives, the Craven Community Arts Council merged with the New Bern Art Gallery to become the Craven Arts Council & Gallery in the 1980s. Together, they have hosted programs of art exhibitions and concerts in the gallery and throughout the community ever since.

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Accommodations

This spacious Marriott hotel is located off of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, with close access to food, shopping, and highway 17. The newly renovated suites have separate sleeping, eating and working areas for ease of mobility, and the indoor pool is wheelchair accessible.

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Waterfront Lodging 

Conveniently located on the Trent River, the DoubleTree by Hilton’s ADA-compliant rooms, Christoph’s Lounge, and pool deck work together to provide guests with undeniable southern hospitality. Don’t forget to grab one of the signature warm chocolate chip cookies when you check in.

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Waterfront Lodging

The Courtyard by Marriott features ADA-compliant rooms and accessible amenities. A fan favorite is the Bistro at the Courtyard which overlooks the Neuse River. Additional accessible offerings include, but are not limited to bathtub seats, roll-in shower, non-slip bathroom grab rails, and accessible entrance to the on-site pool.