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TOURS OF NEW BERN

The rich history of New Bern comes to life with our Historic Heritage Walking Tours-a series of self guided tours you’ll love to follow. You can experience the war-ridden past of this quaint community. Explore the architectural beauty of our homes. Immerse yourself into the charm of our Southern way of life. You can travel through the settings found in many of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling novels. There is truly no better way to experience the history of New Bern.

Walk to Remember Tour | Self-guided Tour

Walk To Remember TourAs any fan of Nicholas Sparks knows, one of the main characters in many of his books isn’t the hero or heroine, but the Coastal North Carolina location. And in A Bend in the Road, The Wedding, and The Notebook, New Bern plays the role of that character. The Walk to Remember tour guides you through fifteen distinct landmarks taken from these best selling novels and serves as a memorable way to get to know New Bern.

 

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An inside look at Nicholas Sparks’ new home.

 

African American Tour | Self-guided Tour

African American TourNew Bern’s strong African-American Heritage is rich in culture as well as historical fact. It chronicles the rise of a proud race from slavery to independence and prominence.

 

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Churches & Cemetaries Tour | Self-guided Tour

Church and Cemetaries TourNew Bern is blessed with an abundance of beautiful, historic churches, all within walking distance of downtown New Bern. While you marvel at each structure, you’ll be enchanted by the stories contained within.

 

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Civil War Tour | Self-guided Tour

Civil War TourNew Bern is surrounded by a wealth of Civil War history, making it an important player on the stage of Civil War landmarks. New Bern played a strategic role in shaping history in the South during this turbulent era.

 

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Historic Homes Tour | Self-guided Tour

Historic Homes TourIf you like history, fine architecture and the gracious ambience of Southern living, you’ll be charmed by these lovely residences. You are invited to take a stroll down memory lane and allow yourself to be transported back in time.

 

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Architectural Walking Tour | Self-guided Tour

Architectural Walking TourTake a distinct look into the vast architectural history of New Bern, which was founded in 1710 by a Swiss nobleman. Beautiful Georgian and bungalow homes, Federal-style buildings, Greek revival homes, Victorian mansions and more have been restored to maintain their original beauty.

 

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Revolutionary War Tour | Self-guided Tour

Revolutionary War TourAs the capital of colonial North Carolina, New Bern survived a colorful history of revolution and war. Experience first-hand the history of Tryon Palace and learn the stories that helped the country earn its independence.

 

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New Bern Trolley Tour

Experience one of the most delightful sightseeing tours New Bern has to offer when you take a trolley tour of historic downtown. During this 90-minute tour, professional guides recount the fascinating historical and architectural details of this former royal capital of North Carolina. Tours begin and end at Tryon Palace. Tours take place throughout the year, but hours change depending upon the season. Tickets can be purchased on board the trolley.

 

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New Bern Lady Scenic River Cruises

You'll see New Bern's natural beauty from a distinct vantage point when you climb aboard the M/V New Bern Lady Scenic River Cruise and ride along the calm, inland waters. This 2-hour, fully narrated, relaxing cruise will show you New Bern's picturesque and historical waterfront in all its splendor. You'll see Tryon Palace, the North Carolina History Center and the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Sit back and enjoy the calming river while cruising past "Millionaire's Row," which includes the homes of popular author, Nicholas Sparks, and former NC Governor, Beverly Perdue, as well as the world famous "Notebook" house. You might even see ospreys, deer, otters and alligators. Tours take place throughout the year, but hours change depending upon the season.

 

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Tugboat Cruises

Revolutionary War TourIf it's a more specific yet intimate river tour you're seeking, a tug boat cruise is the perfect opportunity to explore New Bern. Hosted by a local captain, these cruises will take you along the beautiful Neuse and Trent Rivers or up Brices Creek. Pick your interest: wildlife, gorgeous homes, remote tanin-stained waters, or a more historic view of our area that is part of the allure that has made it so special for 300 years. Standard cruises are two hours in length for up to six passengers, or take a quick 30-minute harbor tour if you're short on time. Looking for something more unique? Custom cruises and charters - such as the private "Romantic Evenings" tour - are also available. Tours depart from the New Bern Grand Marina's E-Dock located behind the DoubleTree Hotel.

 

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On the Wind Sailing Cruises

Venture out to pirate territory with an On the Wind sailing cruise. Harness the power of the wind and go on a journey millions of miles away from the ordinary when you set sail on Nirvana, a 43 ft. ocean-going sailing sloop skippered by a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain. Take the wheel and steer the boat or just sit back and enjoy the cruise. You can relax in the shade or sun on the deck as you explore the waters the notorious pirate Blackbeard sailed before he met his demise in 1718. Enjoy brilliant sunsets, and see osprey nests and other local wildlife as you learn about the history of the surrounding area. Find out why the North Carolina Coast is known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic" and learn how a sailboat can sail into the wind. It's a truly unforgettable experience.

 

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Palm Coast Tours & Outings

Palm Coast Tours & Outings is a fun and family-friendly activity available to New Bern and Craven County visitors. Professional guides will introduce you to all that the area has to offer when you sail aboard either a 12-passenger luxury touring coach or on the 43 ft. sailing yacht, Two Peas. Current tour destinations include Historic Downtown New Bern, the Sharks & Seaport Outing (showcasing the North Carolina Aquarium and Beaufort), and Dragons and Wine Outing (includes a visit to the town of Oriental and a Waterfront Wine Tasting). A Palm Coast tour may just be one of the most memorable highlights of your visit.

 

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Ghosts of New Bern Walking Tour

New Bern is not only rich in history and heritage, but it's also steeped with mysteries, myths, and legends. The Ghosts of New Bern tour is an entertaining one-hour walking tour through the streets of the historic district. Explore why New Bern is host to many unexplained happenings and unsolved mysteries. Do ghosts really haunt some of the city's buildings and walk its streets? You be the judge. This is one hair-raising tour you won't want to miss.

 

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Carolina Carriage & Tours

One of the most romantic ways to enjoy historic downtown New Bern is with an evening drive through this beautiful town. Especially when it's done while relaxing in a horse drawn carriage. Carolina Carriage & Tours are available Friday and Saturday evenings. Or, enjoy a Saturday afternoon tour to give your feet a rest without missing a beat.

 

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Bear Town Bears

Bears are making tracks all over New Bern - decorated, fiberglass bears, that is. To coincide with New Bern's 300th Anniversary Celebration in 2010, Bear Town Bears, a nonprofit organization, recruited local artists to implement hand-painted designs on life-size standing and walking fiberglass bears for public enjoyment during the entire year. Sponsors for the bears have placed their bears in historic downtown, as well as in outlying areas. Adored with hats, flags, flowers and other unusual and creative features, each bear offers a unique design. Pick up a free map from the New Bern-Craven County Convention & Visitors Center, the New Bern Chamber of Commerce and other supporting businesses to enjoy your own Bear Tracks Hunt. Children can participate by playing the game "Where on the Bear" to find hidden features on each bear using clues listed on the map.

 

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Spring Homes & Garden Tour

 width=During the Spring Homes & Garden Tour, homeowners open their doors so the public can visit some of the most beautiful and interesting homes in New Bern's historic district. Guests tour the living quarters of these homes, learning about the original architecture, renovations, and furnishings. In addition to the homes and gardens, many downtown houses of worship will be open for tours. Tryon Palace's Annual Heritage Plant Sale is held on the Palace grounds during the tour as well.

 

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Tour Historic Downtown New Bern in a Piece of History

 width=The Aerie Bed and Breakfast offers a tour of downtown and a drive over the drawbridge in our restored 1929 Ford Model A. The car seats up to four passengers for a 30 minute tour that will give you a real feel of traveling in New Bern in the 1920's. Additional lengths of time in 30 minute blocks are available subject to availability. Schedule a tour from your lodgings in downtown and we'll even drop you off any location of your choosing in the Historic Downtown area for a meal or more sightseeing. Call to reserve your tour.

 

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