Budget-Friendly Bliss

It’s Time for a worry-free vacation! This budget-friendly itinerary is your key to discovering the charm, history, and hidden gems of our delightful North Carolina town without overspending. Join us on a journey of affordable adventures, where the memories are priceless.



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Stop #1:


New Bern’s vibrant dining scene caters to a variety of budgets and palates. Fuel up for a day of exploration at The Country Biscuit, where you can try their famous biscuit donuts and coffee. Enjoy a family-friendly meal at the Cow Cafe or opt for the salad bar at Captain Ratty’s. Michael’s Pub & Patio is an affordable hot-spot with trivia and $1.00 wing nights. Blackbeard’s features routine seafood specials, live music, and trivia nights. And for a quick treat, stop by the Birthplace of Pepsi’s historic soda fountain offering Pepsi and popcorn!

Stop #2:

Explore New Bern’s rich firefighting history at the New Bern Firemen’s Museum, an engaging and educational attraction that won’t strain your budget. With adult admission at just $7.00 and free entry for children aged 5 and under, this informative tour makes for an affordable and fascinating stop for the whole family.


Stop #3:

Poor Charlie’s Flea Market & Antiques, housed in a historic warehouse spanning 4,000 square feet, beckons with a treasure trove of fine antiques, collectibles, and heirloom jewelry. Offering reasonably-priced bargains galore, this hidden gem invites shoppers for a delightful, cash-only browsing experience for one-of-a-kind souvenirs.


Stop #4:

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Experience the beauty and history of New Bern with Tryon Palace’s Garden and Galleries Pass. For just $15 for adults and $8 for youth, you’ll gain access to museum galleries and exhibits at the North Carolina History Center, as well as the enchanting Palace colonial revival gardens and expansive grounds. This option provides an accessible means to immerse yourself with the destination’s rich heritage at your own pace.

family of three playing a game at a coffee shop

Stop #5:

The next stop is the centerpiece of New Bern’s waterfront, which offers a stunning panorama of the Neuse and Trent Rivers merging into one. While you soak in the view, the acres of grassy terrain dotted with wooden benches, playgrounds, and picnic tables are available to enjoy. Try to spot one of the Bear Town Bears while you’re there for a fun photo-op!

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Stop #6:



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Open on weekend afternoons, this historic gem originally served as a school for both boys and girls in 1809. Throughout its storied past, it also played roles as a Civil War hospital and a recruitment station for the 35th regiment of the United States Colored Troops. Today, its original classrooms house four permanent exhibits, offering insights into the Civil War, New Bern’s architecture, and educational heritage with free admission.

Southern fried chicken with collard greens, mac and cheese and biscuit

Stop #7:

Join the Craven Arts Council for their recurring monthly event that takes place every second Friday, offering a fantastic and free self-guided journey through over 30 unique stops in downtown New Bern. Explore a delightful array of stores and galleries, immersing yourself in the vibrant artistic scene that our city has to offer. It’s an affordable way to experience the richness of New Bern’s culture and creativity.

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More to Explore

For more inspiration, unlock the vibrant history of New Bern at your own pace with our self-guided Historic Heritage Walking Tours – thoughtfully crafted by Visit New Bern. These tours delve into our war-torn past, showcase the architectural splendor of our homes, and immerse you in the warm embrace of Southern hospitality. Stop by our visitor center to explore our city’s captivating heritage at your leisure, or access the digital guides below.