Bear Town Bears
Bears are making tracks all over New Bern – decorated, fiberglass bears, that is. To coincide with New Bern’s 300th Anniversary Celebration in 2010, Bear Town Bears, a nonprofit organization, recruited local artists to implement hand-painted designs on life-size standing and walking fiberglass bears for public enjoyment during the entire year. Sponsors for the bears have placed their bears in historic downtown, as well as in outlying areas. Adored with hats, flags, flowers, and other unusual and creative features, each bear offers a unique design. Pick up a free map from the New Bern-Craven County Convention & Visitors Center, the New Bern Chamber of Commerce, and other supporting businesses to enjoy your own Bear Tracks Hunt. Children can participate by playing the game “Where on the Bear” to find hidden features on each bear using clues listed on the map.