Neuseway Nature Park

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Pamela H
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Our first time camping at this campground. It was very nice. The host that ran the campsite, Mr. Ron was very friendly and helpful. The pictures on the website doesn't do this place justice. I will definitely be going back.
Written June 14, 2022
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fsu23phd
Greenville, NC273 contributions
Family
We are pretty new to Greenville, and had come to Kinston for the Lion Waterpark. The weather wasn’t great, so we checked out this area while the lightning worked its way through. We had 4 adults and 3 kids (all 5 years old)

The first thing you see is a pretty good playground. They have a 3 level structure very similar to Greenville’s Jaycee park, except the Kinston playground does not have the hamster tube tunnel on the third level. Near the playground is an excavation pit where kids can dig for sharks teeth. We found several tiny sharks teeth mixed in the rocks in the excavation pit, as well as under the picnic tables.

Next, we played on two train cars that were open. You can walk on the platforms, however the inside of the cars were locked. I imagine that they do open, but not when we were there (around 1:00 on a Sunday).

There is a small children’s museum. We are members of the ASTC, and get free admission to Science and Technology centers as well as several children’s museums. But this one seems to be free to the public. They had an oversized heart that kids can climb around in, a life sized Operation game, some dress-up costumes, and a pupetshow stage. The highlight was a tunnel that the kids can climb down (via a latter), then crawl under the floor to an exit latter at the other side. I did it once, but as an adult, I found crawling on my knees to be uncomfortable.

There is an planetarium upstairs. As ASTC members, we have seen numerous planetarium shows, and know that some can be quite cool, I asked in advance, and was told that it was basically just a projection of the starts with someone pointing out the consolations. It wasn’t Zula Patrol, or the Adventure of the Cardboard Rocket, or anything interesting so we passed.

It is staffed with a planetarium person and a greeter, both of whom were very nice. There is a giant pendulum, which signs saying don’t touch, but my daughter touched it gently, and didn’t get in trouble. :) Thanks!

Overall, we enjoyed this place while waiting for the storm to pass. I don’t see many free children’s museums, so I recommend checking it out. It wasn’t busy when we were there, but I imagine that it could get busy very quickly.
Written July 28, 2014
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Keith H
Kinston, NC102 contributions
Family
This public park is slam packed with activities for kids. There is a playground, a planetarium, and a nature center where you can view wildlife and interact with the exhibits. There is also a good size area for RVs and picnic shelter. Along the river, there are swings where you can sit, relax, and take in the views of the neuse river. Not far from here are fishing ponds that are stocked with Catfish, as well as nature trails to take a stroll down. For free, you can't beat this, and it's always a popular attraction for kids. There is one thing that costs a small fee. Big Daddy's Express (a small scale train that you can ride on). There is a fee to ride that, but it's well worth it and the kids love it as well.
Written July 1, 2014
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Randy S
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Family
Me and my family have been going to this park for years and love it. It has a recreational kids park with slides and swings and picnic tables too. There is kiddie train adjacent to the park that the small kids love for a small fee. The Nature center features a snake exhibit with many snakes who call NC home and there is even a under ground cave features many of the fish and other animals from NC. The science building has a planetary show that goes on at various time of the day and other kids oriented science facts and items to explore. The park itself is located next to the Neuse river so that in itself is a nice place to relax in a swim on warm afternoon. I highly recommend you check this place out.+
Written April 26, 2017
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BrittNBlake
Jacksonville, NC22 contributions
Family
The Neuseway Nature Park is by far the best nature park I have ever been to. It has a great playground with picnic tables nearby. The train ride is fun. Good fishing spots and trails. The little indoor "zoo" is alright. They have a couple of animals but it has more snakes than anything. My son was more excited about the coy pond outside. The science center looks old. It could definitely use an update! All in all we had a wonderful time at this park. We will definitely be coming back for more picnics and fun!
Written December 21, 2015
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Cathy M
Snow Hill, NC91 contributions
Family
This is a great place for children and adults, and something for everyone. There is a live-animal display featuring all sorts of land and water animals including snakes, birds, turtles, an alligator and an open touch tank. There are also stuffed animals on display and an aquarium in the basement designed as a tunnel cave with large tanks along the way. Outside is a climbing wall, an outdoor pond with live fish, and picnic tables and benches along the river front to relax or fish. On the same premesis is a science center/planetarium that has very interesting programs lead by staff with a very good knowledge of the subjects. There is no fee for admission to any of these attractions.
There is a playground and picnic area, a kiddie train that runs in the spring/summer season and a large, well-maintained campground. There are also three large lakes for fishing, two of which have piers, hiking trails and a large covered pavillion for family reunions or large gatherings, grills and plenty of parking. The site is well-maintained, clean and set on the edge of the Neuse river...quiet and beautiful, yet only minutes from the downtown area. Great stop if you are in the area.
Written August 28, 2015
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Capt_Chris_Outside
Loxley, AL265 contributions
Solo
I have always heard alot about the Neuse river. So while waiting around for dinner I enjoyed the walk through the park and just watching the river . It was very high when I visited.
Written February 11, 2020
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OneAddictedTraveler
Lake Elmo, MN4,110 contributions
Couples
This city park has everything from picnicing and camping to a planetarium. The nature building has many animal and plant exhibits, including a hands on salt water tank with horseshoe crabs, live snakes, and Oliver the talking cockatoo.

We stayed in the campground which has full hookups for a very reasonable price.
Written June 20, 2019
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Lester E
Maysville, NC243 contributions
Business
I stopped in to see what I have been driving by for years. I never knew there is so much stuff to see. I found out that they have camping spots and a planetarium and train. I will return and go camping in the fall.
Written July 25, 2018
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Oldoldguy
25 contributions
Solo
Very nice nature center, small animal zoo, park and museum. I didn’t realize Kinston has a planetarium. They gave a very nice show, with a video of a possible trip to the moon, followed by a docent guided tour of the constellations projected on the planetarium dome.

There are hands on activities for the kids, a train and a great view on the Neuse riverside.
Written April 20, 2018
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