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New Bern, NC Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 9
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,818
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 170
Committable Meeting Rooms* 8
Convention Center Space 45,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 12,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 12,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $90
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $438
*Maximum for a single hotel

New Bern, NC Things to Do and Attractions

Tryon Palace and North Carolina History Center

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Regarded as the state’s premier historical site, New Bern’s Tryon Palace and North Carolina History Center brings the past to life with its immersive encounters, learning adventures, guided tours and interactive exhibits. The site of North Carolina’s

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New Bern Civic Theatre

A vital resource for Craven County, New Bern Civic Theatre showcases dramas, comedies, musicals and even sign-language performances in the beautiful 300-seat Athens Theatre. First opened in 1911 as a silent movie and vaudeville space, Athens Theatre

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Croatan National Forest

Nationally recognized for its trail system and recreation activities, the 157,000-acre Croatan National Forest is the only true coastal forest in the East. Bordered on three sides by tidal rivers and the Boque Sound, Croatan National Forest is home

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Isaac Taylor Garden

The 0.6-acre Isaac Taylor Garden sits alongside the 1792 Isaac Taylor House and below the shade of picturesque mature trees. A premier historic downtown New Bern event venue, the garden welcomes up to 200 guests to gather amongst its 1910 brick

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New Bern Tours

Operating since 1994, New Bern Tours welcomes visitors to hop aboard its trolleys to learn about three centuries of New Bern architecture and history during the 90-minute historic downtown trolley tour. The trolley tour includes a visit to the New

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Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant

Known for its casual elegance and fantastic Neuse River views, Persimmons Waterfront Restaurant is dedicated to supporting local farmers and fishermen in its inventive cuisine. Outfitted in a sleek industrial feel, which lets the waterfront view

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247 Craven

Committed to integrating fresh, local and seasonal products in its unique dishes, the cozy 247 Craven serves such entrees as chargrilled salmon with horseradish chive gnocchi, braised artichokes, crispy onion and Creole mustard sauce, housemade

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The Chelsea

Seamlessly balancing contemporary design and old style charm, The Chelsea serves new American cuisine in a 1912 building that once housed the drugstore of Caleb Bradham, inventor of Pepsi-Cola. Following a mid-1990s renovation, The Chelsea still

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Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse

The sophisticated yet casual Captain Ratty's Seafood & Steakhouse serves sumptuous fare and offers a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine program. Captain Ratty's menu features such entrees as its famous pan sauteed crab cakes, low country boil with

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Morgan's Tavern & Grill

Situated in historic downtown New Bern, the casual, comfortable Morgan's Tavern & Grill is housed in a 1912 building that once served as the New Bern Garage Company. Designed in true tavern form, the eatery features exposed wood beams, a clock in

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Birthplace of Pepsi

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Visitors frequent New Bern's Birthplace of Pepsi, which is located at the actual site where Caleb Bradham invented Pepsi-Cola at his pharmacy in 1898. Bradham called his blend of carbonated water, sugar, pepsin, kola nut extract, vanilla and rare

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Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation

Located in nearby Havelock, the Eastern Carolina Aviation Heritage Foundation celebrates the heritage of Marine Corps aviation through a number of exhibits, artifacts and programs. Visitors can view a number of aircraft up close, as well as learn

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New Bern Boat Tours

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New Bern Boat Tours' comfortable 49-person catamaran takes passengers on a two-hour narrated tour of New Bern's picturesque waterfront. The tour glides past Riverbend and Millionaire's Row, which features Nicholas Sparks' home. New Bern Boat Tours

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Ghosts of New Bern Walking Tour

The Ghosts of New Bern Walking Tour takes visitors on a one-hour adventure focused on the mysteries, myths and legends of New Bern, and why so many unexplained happenings have occurred in the historic destination. The tour is offered Wednesday,

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New Bern Firemen's Museum

Step back in time to the age of horse drawn steam engines at the New Bern Firemen’s Museum. Giving visitors an educational and historical look at the City of New Bern Fire Department – the first chartered fire company in North Carolina – the museum

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