New Bern activities and attractions you can do even when it’s cold out


After taking a dip in 2020, New Bern saw record breaking tourism numbers in 2021.

Whether it was the desire for a small town feel amidst a chaotic world or being ranked as a top destination in a nationwide magazine, New Bern’s downtown streets seemed to be packed with visitors all year.

“New Bern does have what is known as a non-peak season for tourism, which is typically mid-December through February. However, this year we ended the month of December much like the rest of the year with record breaking numbers both in occupancy and visitors,” said Melissa Riggle, executive director of New Bern’s Tourism Development Authority.

Riggle said that the TDA’s hospitality partners all reported sales higher than previous years and the occupancy tax collections in Craven County from hotels, bed and breakfasts and rentals were unprecedented.

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