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.