New Bern is a quiet little city on the North Carolina coast, and another one of our girls’ weekend trip locations. Here’s what we loved and would recommend while spending a day in New Bern, NC.
Where to Start: The New Bern Visitor’s Center
Grab a map. Ask for a restaurant recommendation. Ask about the painted bears (see below!)
What to Eat Here: Seafood
Coastal towns are all about their seafood and you’ll find a wide assortment here from catfish to she-crab soup to sea bass.
What to do in New Bern, NC:
The Birthplace of Pepsi – On the corner of Middle St and Pollock St, you’ll find the Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola, the pharmacy where Caleb Bradham created ‘Brad’s Drink.’ The store has old ads painted on the walls, an old-fashioned soda fountain counter, and history of the Pepsi company, as well as a selection of souvenirs. It’s a fun little stop.
Look for painted bear statues placed throughout the downtown area. The visitor’s center has a map if you want to find them all.
Shop at Midtown Olive Oil, Bear City Fudge Company, and Bern Bear Gifts.
We discovered the Isaac Taylor Garden and Greater Good Gallery as we wandered around downtown. It was such a fun little surprise!
Spend the evening at Union Point park at sunset.
What We Missed: Tryon Palace
I can’t believe we missed this place! Tryon Palace is a replica of the 1760’s mansion where the British governors of North Carolina worked and lived from 1770 to 1775. You can purchase a 1 day pass (which includes a palace tour), a galleries and gardens pass, or a pass just to view the gardens. All options include the military encampment area.
I hope this helps you enjoy a day trip to New Bern, NC!