Live The Good Life In New Bern North Carolina

New Bern, North Carolina A Great Place To Call Home 

CAROLINA PINESSailors and “landlubbers” enjoy New Bern’s many sailing regattas.  The regattas, held year-round, attract hundreds of sailors, would-be sailors, and spectators.  The annual Michelob Regatta featured over 90 entries alone.  For hikers and campers, Croatan National Forest offers 155,000 acres of forest, 40 miles of streams, and 4,300 acres of lakes.  Fisherman can cast their lines year-round into the Neuse River, reeling in bass, catfish, bream, flounder, and drum.  Several major fishing tournaments are held in and around New Bern during the summer and fall.  New Bern suits golfers to a tee.  The area features seven acclaimed, championship 18-hole golf courses with waterfront fairways, pro shops and PGA staff members.  The City of New Bern and Craven County governments sponsor two diverse recreation departments with youth sports, adult leagues, and senior activities.  Both recreation departments operate ball fields, public parks, boat launching ramps, and other educational and recreational programs.  The YMCA and a private sports club offer even more recreational diversities.

  Golf and Country Clubs

Name: Distance:



Brandywine 30 miles
Carolina Pines 12 miles
Emerald In city
Fairfield Harbour 8 miles
Minnesott Beach 26 miles
New Bern In city
Quakerneck 12 miles
River Bend 6 miles
Star Hill 30 miles
Silver Creek 26 miles
Taberna 5 miles

  • Ramada Inn Marina
    All slips with water, metered electricity, cable TV,phone hook-up.
  • Northwest Creek Marina
    Fairfield Harbour, New Bern, NC 28560
    (252) 638-4133
  • Duck Creek Marina
    Sandy Point Road, Bridgeton, NC 28519
    (252) 638-1702
  • Bridgepointe Marina
    101 Howell Road, New Bern, NC 28562
    (252) 637-7372
  • River Bend Marina and Cafe
    1 Marina Drive, New Bern, NC 28560
    (252) 636-1658
  • Tidewater Marina Co. Inc.
    300 Madame Moore Ln., New Bern
    (252) 637-3347
  • Sheraton Grand New Bern
    100 Middle St, New Bern, NC 28560
    (252) 638-3585
  • Cypress Point Marina
    1101 B. Street, Bridgeton, NC 28519
    (252) 514-2288

  • Neuse River Campground
    U.S. Hwy. 17 N., Bridgeton, 1½ miles north of the Neuse River Bridge • (252) 638-2556
  • Fishers Landing
    Croatan National Forest, U.S. Hwy. 70 E., Riverdale (252) 638-5628
  • Neuse River (Flanners Beach) Campground
    Croatan National Forest, U.S. Hwy. 70 E .(252) 638-5628
  • Pinecliff
    Croatan National Forest, Havelock • (252) 638-5628
Outdoor Recreation

Glenburnie Park
Glenburnie Drive
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 636-4137
1225 Pinetree Drive
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 636-4138
Lawson Creek Park
Lawson Creek Drive
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 636-4137
On the Wind Sailing Charter
Fairfield Harbour
P.O. Box 763
Bridgeton, NC 28519
(252) 633-0032
Adams Creek GunSports
6240 Adams Creek Road
Havelock, NC 28532
(252) 447-6808
(252) 447-7688
Peace & Plenty
2028 Wilmar Road
Vanceboro, NC 28586
(252) 244-2180 farm
(252) 244-3083 preserve
P.O. Box 868
Bridgeton, NC 28519-0868
(252) 638-5614
Coastal Kayak Outfitters
P.O. Box 3065
New Bern, NC 28563
(252) 636-0373
Dixon’s Scuba
1400 East US 70 Highway
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 638-8682
B & R Guns & Outdoor Range
1775 Lake Road
Havelock, NC 28532
(252) 447-5826
Tarheel Divers
2216 Trent Road
New Bern, NC 28562
(252) 638-3432
Croatan National Forest
141 East Fisher Avenue
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 638-5628
Union Point Park
East Front Street
New Bern, NC 28560
(252) 636-4137

The Arts

The arts are a vibrant part of New Bern’s character.   Contemporary visual and performing arts draw from New Bern’s historical traditions.  For example, the Craven Consort is an assembly of recorder musicians who incorporate violin and cello for an acoustic, baroque sound.  The Craven Historical Dancers, perform baroque and Renaissance dances.  The Sounds of Summer is an outdoor concert series at Union Point Park along the waterfront.  Contemporary local bands offer free entertainment.  The Jazz Brunch features regional jazz trios and quartets that play to sold-out audiences.  The Atlantic Dance Theatre, a professional dance company, performs in Craven County for general audiences.  For classical tastes, Craven Concerts, Inc. sponsors four major concerts annually, including one by the North Carolina Symphony.  Also, Pro Musica, a group of a capella singers. perform madrigal, classical and pop music for concerts and festivals.  Art lovers will want to visit the Craven Arts Council and Gallery.  Housed in a former turn-of-the-century band building, the council hosts nine exhibits annually.  Theater lovers will enjoy performances by the New Bern Civic Theatre.  In 1993, the Theatre celebrated 25 years of producing comedies, dramas, musicals and concerts.  Training and performing includes all ages.

Festivals and Events

While New Bern’s historic charm is a popular tourist attraction, our fall arts and crafts festival attracts many visitors as well.  The annual Chrysanthemum Festival, sponsored by Swiss Bear, in cooperation with Tryon Palace Historic HISTORIC DOWNTOWN NEW BERN Sites and Gardens.  Held the second weekend in October – just when the air becomes cool and the leaves start to turn – the Chrysanthemum Festival is a weekend extravaganza of arts, crafts and music.  Festival-goers can enjoy performances by street musicians, browse among the works of local artists, attend a quilt show, or kick up their heels at the Octoberfest.  “This is more than a street festival,” says Susan Moffat, Director of Swiss Bear.  “It’s a great gala event.  Each year presents new activities.  In the past we’ve had antique car shows, Civil War reenactments, a quilt show, Coast Guard ships, and hot air balloons.  Also Tryon Palace opens their gardens free of charge each year.”

In the spring you’ll want to see the Historic Homes and Gardens Tour, jointly sponsored by the New Bern Historical Society and the New Bern Preservation Foundation.   This Historical Society hosts and autumn “New Bern at Night” tour of homes, which features local actors in 18th and 19th century dress.   Sports enthusiasts, conservationists, and art lovers will enjoy the Annual North Carolina Wildlife and Sportsman’s Show, sponsored by the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce.  The wildlife show features art and educational display booths on wildlife and conservation, with artists and carvers from around the nation in attendance.

Shopping and Antiquing SHOPPING IN NEW BERN
Craven County offers many shopping opportunities, from large department stores to specialty shops and boutiques.  Scattered among the streets that comprise New Bern’s historic downtown, you’ll discover antiquing, arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry, and much more.  Outside of the historic district, New Bern offers many shopping centers.
Shopping opportunities continue to expand in Havelock, where there is plenty of variety.  Among these are furniture stores, gift shops, music stores, and military surplus outlets, just to name a few.  As a visitor to Craven County, your shopping experience is sure to be one of the highlights of your stay!

Our Military Influence
A driving force in the local economy is nearby Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, located just east of New Bern.  Cherry Point is the world’s largest Marine Corps air station.  Approximately 9,000 Marines are based here.   Civilian employment on base totals 2,670 workers and 152 non-governmental workers.  Commissary, Exchange and hospital facilities are available. Tours are available and might include observation of military working dogs, flying squadrons such as Harriers, search and rescue demonstrations, or a windshield tour of the air station.  Camp Lejeune and New River MCAS (helicopter) are both located in the Jacksonville area of Highway 17 South.

Area Industry

Community leaders have recruited modern manufacturing firms to the area, providing local residents with a sound economic base.  Manufacturing makes up about 25 percent of Craven County’s workforce.  These companies include:  Moen, Inc., a plumbing fixture manufacturing operation that employs 500 people; Craven County Wood Energy, L.P., an $82 million wood-fueled generating plant;  Hatteras Yachts, a builder of some of the finest luxury yachts in the world employing approximately 500 people; Weyerhaeuser Corporation, a wood pulp and paper products manufacturer, employing 705 people; Amital Spinning Corporation, and acrylic yarn manufacturing firm with 304 employees, Tredegar Film Products, a $30 million manufacturer of extruded plastic film; and S-B Power Tools with 500 employees.