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New Bern Tours & Convention
Ranked #3 of 12 Tours in New Bern
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Discover three centuries of history and architectural beauty on a 90 minute comprehensive trolley tour of historic downtown New Bern. Relax while your professional New Bern Tours guide recounts fascinating details of this former royal capital and will leave you enchanted by the city's unique charm.
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

We recently vacationed near Top Sail Beach, N.C. on the Atlantic Ocean and took a day trip to Historic New Bern, N.C. We visited the Visitor's Center first and got tickets ($16.00/adult) to tour the Palace and several other historical homes. The tour was excellent with a great Docent who could answer every question we had. Each individual historical home we toured also had excellent and knowledgeable Docents. The town of New Bern is lovely and is being well preserved. After we toured the palace/homes we had lunch at a Cafe' located right on the River at the Visitor's Center and it was a very, very good lunch with good service and they aimed to please. We ordered tuna fish salad and told our waitress we wanted to share it . It came with a side order and we chose mac and cheese. When she brought the lunch she had a HUGE amount of mac and cheese on two separate plates with the huge sandwich halves and a pickle spear on each plate as well. It was a full meal for two for the price of one! After lunch we got tickets for the town trolley tour . . . . it is a 90-minute tour and well worth every penny we paid . . . $15.00 each. The trolley made several stops where we could actually get off the trolley and the Guide explained the sites in great detail. It was a wonderful, wonderful tour and we saw things that we were able to go back to visit on our own after the tour ended, i.e. the National Cemetery, historic Mitchell's Hardware Store and the PEPSI COLA MUSEUM among others. I would HIGHLY recommend the trolley tour . . . maybe you'd want to do that first thing to get an idea of how to plan the rest of your day. The reason we did the Palace and Historical HOmes first was because the woman in the Visitor's Center told us a tour was just about to leave and we could still make it . . . . so we took her advice, which was fine too.
There are many, many great Seafood Restaurants in this River town . . . the trolley guide said he could not specify one being better than another . . . he said they are ALL EXCELLENT! If you start out early you should be able to do all that you'd want to do in New Bern in one day, but if you spend the night there I'm sure you could fill two days without a problem.

Visited September 2012
8 Thank Chefjudi45
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English first
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183 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Fun and interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2012

In July, with temps at 100^, it was TOO HOT for this tour. The trolley has no A/C and does not go fast enough to create a breeze. But our guide made it very interesting and I would recommend it during decent weather. Staff was helpful and displayed concern about our group suffering in the heat.

Visited July 2012
Thank youngarmywife
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Charleston, South Carolina
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51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Affordable & Highly Recommended”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2012

This was a well done tour. New Bern is so quaint and historic it was nice to learn some of the particulars about the old structures and city history. Guide had a great delivery and length of tour was just right. Anyone visiting should consider this trolley tour to gain a full appreciation for just how special this community is.

Visited March 2012
4 Thank A_Real_Carolina_Girl
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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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444 reviews
100 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
“Excellent Trolley Ride”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2012

This trolley ride was the highlight of our visit to New Bern. Our guide was knowledgeable, witty and very eager to meet our needs as a group. When first boarding we were all asked what we wanted to enjoy and then the trip seemed to be tailored to those wishes.

The town is lovely and we learned a great deal about the history without it being a dry recitation but rather the town's history came alive. We had several stops along the way but no places for water or rest rooms - it is an hour and half long. One that I would recommend to visitors.

Visited March 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent introduction to important local figures”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2011

The hour and a half trolley tour (ours conducted marvelously by Paul Gaston White) is an excellent introduction to important local figures in the New Bern area. The tour does not really provide a summary history of New Bern although several noteworthy facts are certainly mentioned in passing. Using historical homes as the framework, the tour discusses the important owners, their relationship to each other and their impact in the community during their time. The time period involved is primarily post-colonial through the civil war. In addition, appropriate attention is given to Caleb Bradham and “Brad’s Drink” - now known as Pepsi-Cola. (As a housekeeping matter, while bathroom facilities are located where the tour begins at the Waystation in front of Tryon Palace, I saw none available on the tour.)

Visited December 2011
5 Thank dearnest
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