Get Outdoors

New Bern is home to two rivers, twenty-five parks, five public golf courses, and one national forest. You will be hard-pressed to run out of outdoor adventures in this southern haven.

Day 1

french toast, eggs, bacon, and grits on a plate

Stop #1:

Before you embark on your outdoor adventure, make sure to caffeinate at Nautical Star. Located on Middle Street, this veteran-owned coffee shop has a unique origin story. The team was tired of the same old mediocre grocery store coffee and the same old wallet-busting prices, so they made their own coffee company.

Stop #2:

tryon palace logo

Take a stroll through the gardens and landscapes at Tryon Palace. The spring display encompasses more than 16 acres and features an abundance of daffodils, tulips, and other greenery.

man pouring drink for couple sitting at bar

Stop #3:

Just across the street from the Palace and within the North Carolina History Center you will find Lawson’s On The Creek. The deli-style cafe offers diners the opportunity to recharge with local cuisine and North Carolina craft beer. All, alongside an outdoor patio with beautiful riverfront views.


Stop #4:

After admiring the riverfront, you will probably have a desire to explore our 29 square miles of waterways. With a fleet of jet skis, tritoons, and a wake boat, T&G Motorsports has you covered. The veteran-owned company is renowned for their sunset dinner cruise. It includes an appetizer, main course, dessert, and a complimentary bottle of wine or champagne.

Day 2

family of three playing a game at a coffee shop

Stop #1:

Before the sun rises over the Neuse and Trent Rivers, the team at the Country Biscuit is busy preparing homemade buttermilk biscuits. For more than 40 years, New Bernians and tourists alike have gathered at what is known locally as the Original Biscuit of New Bern. Do you have a sweet tooth? No problem, ask for one of Michelle’s donut biscuits.

couple enjoying a meal on a restaurant rooftop

Stop #2:

The East Coast Greenway runs from Key West, Florida to Calais, Maine. New Bern just so happens to be home to several spine route miles of the trail. It features parts of our thriving city and cypress swamps. 

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

Stop #3:

After participating in your outdoor adventure, there is no doubt that you will have worked up a thirst. Head to New Bern’s beer district and try on Tap That. Jonathan and his crew are known for their environment that offers patrons the opportunity to enjoy live music, cornhole, and local eats alongside family and friends.

plate of shrimp with steam rolling off of it

Stop #4:

As the day comes to a close stop by Stand Up Outfitters and let Charley and Kate set you up with a paddleboard or kayak. Locals say that there is no better place to watch the sunset than at the point where the Trent and Neuse rivers intersect.