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Consider a Day Trip to New Bern, NC –

Looking for day trip ideas from your home base in Wilmington? The following article is part of our series on single day adventures just down the road from Wilmington, North Carolina

Visiting New Bern, North Carolina
The city of New Bern, located at the intersection of the Neuse and Trent Rivers, is North Carolina’s second oldest town, and was also its first state capital. Called “Carolina’s Gateway,” the area has an exceedingly rich history and is indeed a gateway for local arts, live music, festivals, and special events. Plus, its close proximity to nearby rivers, beaches, hiking trails, and fishing villages makes it an ideal vacation spot all year round. With so much to offer, the opportunities for adventures are almost unlimited, so here are some suggestions to get the most out of the area and ensure fond memories for years to come.
Explore the Neuse River
The two million year old Neuse River is one of the nation’s oldest rivers, and is part of the majestic Albermarble-Pamlico Sounds, the country’s most important fish nursery. The word “Neuse” is an Indian term that means “peace,” and its sublime waters, diverse wildlife, and serene natural beauty make this an apt title indeed. The river’s remarkable variety of fish species makes it the perfect fishing spot, and because of its diverse waterways it is a fantastic spot for kayaking and canoeing tours. Frog Hollow Outdoors is a local favorite when it comes to such tours, offering numerous guided trips, classes, adventure camps, and other exciting, family-friendly activities. To learn more or book your own adventure, visit their website at
Visit the Birth Place of Pepsi
You may not know it, but Pepsi Cola was invented in New Bern. In 1898, a modest pharmacist named Caled Bradham concocted what would go on to become one of the most popular and iconic beverages in the world. Considered a must-see destination on any New Bern trip, visitors can explore the Birth Place of Pepsi Cola, located at 256 Middle St., where Caleb’s original pharmacy has been restored and converted into a gallery and shop where patrons can enjoy Pepsi drinks fresh from the fountain, nickel candies, cream floats, and assorted memorabilia.
New Bern Tours
If you are looking for a convenient way to discover the history and charm of New Bern, consider taking a guided trolly adventure with New Bern Tours. Let professional guides amuse and educate the whole family with little known historical details, and witness some of the area’s signature locations, such as Tryon Place, the Cedar Grove Cemetery, and even a haunted house! New Bern Tours offers a wide variety of tour options, including traditional trolley tours, walking tours, horse and carriage rides, and more. To learn more or reserve a tour, explore their website at, or call (252) 637-7316.

Other Day Trip Ideas and Things to Do in Southeastern, NC and across the border in South Carolina:
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Things to Do in Wilmington
Places to Take a Walk in Wilmington
Restaurants in Wilmington, North Carolina
Little River, SC Casino Cruise
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