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Goldsboro, NC Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 11
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,000
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 120
Committable Meeting Rooms* 2
Convention Center Space 66,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 9,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 14,515 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $80
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $51
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $326
*Maximum for a single hotel

Goldsboro, NC Meeting Planning Overview

Goldsboro is a charming destination in eastern North Carolina, within easy reach of Research Triangle Park. Located between Raleigh and the coastline, it features plentiful agritourism, rich history, and legendary barbecue. Groups have plenty of opportunities for team-building and exploring the area, which includes an award-winning historic downtown, the exciting Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, the Mt. Olive Pickle Company factory, and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, home of the F-15E Strike Eagle and Wings Over Wayne Air Show, North Carolina's largest air show.

The city is conveniently set 50 miles southeast of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, a major transport hub with more than 400 daily flights to dozens of nonstop destinations throughout the United States. Visitors can easily get around the area thanks to the Goldsboro Wayne Transportation Authority, which runs fixed-route bus service throughout the region. Additionally, the Goldsboro Tourism Department can arrange complimentary shuttle and transportation services to and from the airport, as well as for groups' specially planned events and excursions.

A new, premier meeting space anchors Goldsboro's venue options. Opened in March 2018, the Maxwell Regional Agricultural and Convention Center, often called simply the Maxwell Center, boasts a 14,500-square-foot main assembly hall, many classrooms, and in-house services. It is eastern North Carolina's newest convention center and offers complimentary Wi-Fi, parking, and designated sales and banquet staff to make your event extraordinary and cost-effective.

In addition to the Maxwell Center, Goldsboro is home to a number of unique event spaces. Groups can enjoy a class at the Arts Council of Wayne County, take in a show at the Paramount Theatre, solve the escape room at Downtown Escapes, or tour a mid-19th-century farmstead and working farm. Thrill seekers can go off-roading at the famous Busco Beach ATV Park and catch F-15E's in action during a flight line tour of Seymour Johnson AFB. For foodies who need to nurture both their taste buds and souls, Goldsboro is home to authentic, pit-smoked barbecue joints whose cuisine is regularly featured in national publications such as Garden & Gun and Southern Living. With homemade sauce, hush puppies, collards, and so much more, your taste buds are in for an experience like no other! To help guide your group's appetites, just follow our Brews & 'Cue map.

In addition to savory barbecue joints, Goldsboro serves up Peruvian and Asian-American specialties at several full-service restaurants. And when the sun goes down, the streets of the historic downtown area really light up with live music trailing out of trendy spots specializing in tapas, fine wine, and craft beer.

About Goldsboro, NC / Additional Info

Goldsboro used to be known as Waynesborough. When Wayne County was formed in 1789, the town of Waynesborough developed along the banks of the Neuse River, which was the main means of transporting people and freight into and out of the area. 1839 brought many changes, including the completion of the first of several railroads, which would quickly usurp river travel in popularity. Just east of Waynesborough, a rail hub quickly grew at the intersection of two major railways. Because of increased traffic, Goldsborough Junction was formed and named after Maj. Matthew T. Goldsborough, an assistant chief engineer with the railroad line. The town of Goldsborough was incorporated in 1847, and the name was officially changed to Goldsboro in 1869.

In 1961, two hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped 12 miles north of Goldsboro after a B-52 aircraft broke up in midair. One bomb was recovered. Although much of the second bomb was also recovered, a missing piece was believed to have sunk deep into the swampy earth and could not be recovered. The piece remains in the land that the Air Force eventually purchased to prevent any land use or digging.

In 1862, Goldsboro was a vital link in the Confederacy's supply chain during the Civil War. The Union army engaged the South at the Battle of Goldsboro Bridge. Nearly 250 casualties resulted in the short-lived Union capture of the bridge. Today, the historic site is open to visitors for group and self-guided tours.

Visitors can also paddle their way to the Atlantic beach from Goldsboro! That's right. Thanks to the Neuse River and the Paddletrails system, the beach is just a hop, skip, and paddle away. Over 70 miles of interconnected rivers, streams, and tributaries stretch through the region, making for exciting excursions in the summer, such as Cruise the Neuse and Tube the Neuse. The CSS Neuse, a Civil War ironclad warship constructed on the Neuse River in 1864, is a great historical site to visit along the paddle route.

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