Day Trips

Activity - Newcomer

Activity Co-Leaders

Andy Britton

Tana Anderson

Do you enjoy visiting new, interesting places? If so, “Day Tripping” is just the thing for you!  The Newcomers Club organizes monthly “away” group trips to various events and tours of interesting locations within driving distance of New Bern.  Some trips last most of the day and others only a few hours.  Some have a fee, others are free!  Starting October 2022, we will also offer a monthly “local” day trip activity, primarily on evenings or weekends, for those unable to get away during the weekday.  Go on all the trips or select just the ones suited especially for you!  Day Trips are a great way to meet and get to know fellow newcomers!

Check out the website for upcoming Day Trips.  You can also learn more about each Day Trip and sign up at a monthly membership meeting.  Contact the activity leader(s) for more information.

To Attend:

Interested members will be emailed details of a scheduled activity several weeks in advance (including whether there are any fees and relevant ticketing information).

Simply respond with your interest and show up at the location at the scheduled date and time.

Most events have no limit on the number of participants.

Past Events

Aurora Fossil Museum, March 16

On Thursday 16 March, a small but enthusiastic group of Newcomers Club Day Trippers enjoyed a leisurely day exploring the Aurora Fossil Museum and flexing their archaeological muscles digging for marine fossils.  While no exotic Miocene or Pliocene items were discovered, the group of junior paleontologists had much fun rediscovering their inner child while digging in the sand under a warm, early spring sun.  We later enjoyed a well-deserved lunch at the nearby Frank & Shirley’s Restaurant.

Formal Tea at The Infusion Cafe, 24 February 2023

On Friday 24 February, a group of Newcomers Club Day Trippers enjoyed a delightful afternoon of Tea, Talk, and Tasty Treats at the Infusion Café in Morehead City.  The weather was beautiful and the company and conversation outstanding. ‘Nuff said!

Super Bowl Watch Party, 12 February 2023

On Sunday 12 February, a group of lively Newcomers enjoyed a fun evening of football, food, and fellowship at our Super Bowl Watch Party!  Besides enjoying the Big Game and half-time show, we also indulged in a little friendly competition, complete with prizes, via Football Bingo and Football Squares games.  The Super Bowl was great and the evening spent with friends…outstanding.  Score a win for the Newcomers Club!

Guided Tour of the C.S.S. Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, Lunch at King’s BBQ Restaurant, and Guided Kinston Battlefield Bus Tour - Thursday, January 19, 2023

On Thursday, January 19, 15 Newcomers Club Day Trippers enjoyed a gorgeous mild winter day in Kinston exploring the C.S.S. Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center and Wyse Fork battlefield locations via guided museum and bus tours.  Our tour guides Matt Young and Dennis Harper were fonts of information and our group enjoyed soaking up the area’s rich history. The afternoon also included a delicious lunch at King’s BBQ.  Also, a shout out to the Kinston-Lenoir County Visitors Center for graciously providing the bus and our intrepid driver Melvin!

Trivia Night at Blackbeard's Triple Play Restaurant - January 10, 2023

On Tuesday 10 January, 12 brave and brainy Newcomer Day trippers descended on Blackbeard’s restaurant for a night of camaraderie and a little friendly competition.  We divided into two teams, one of which tied for second place!  Sadly, our other team finished a bit lower in the standings (ok a LOT lower), but fun was had by all.  We’re already practicing for a future rematch—and maybe we’ll remember to take some pictures next time!

Mike’s Farm Meal, Ho! Ho! Christmas Variety Show, and Festival of Lights Hayride! - 14 December, 2022

On Wednesday 14 December, 12 Newcomers Club Day Trippers enjoyed a joyous afternoon and evening of holiday fun at Mike’s Farm!  The afternoon began with a famous southern style all you can eat buffet, followed by a musical variety show of Christmas classics with a touch of comedy, and then closed with an amazing evening Festival of Lights Hayride.  The event certainly got us all in the Holiday Spirit!


Local Day Trip on the Historic New Bern Trolley Tour and Lunch at Lawson’s on the Creek - 17 November

On Thursday, 17 November several Day Trippers kicked off a beautiful fall day with a leisurely lunch at Lawson’s on the Creek before embarking on the 90-minute New Bern Trolley Tour.  Our Tour Guide Tom was both extremely knowledgeable and humorous and we all learned and laughed a lot--we love this town!

Morehead City Mistletoe Magic Holiday Gift Show and Breakfast at The Country Biscuit - 12 November

On Saturday, 12 November, several Newcomers Day Trippers fortified themselves with food and fellowship at The Country Biscuit and then got into the Holiday Spirit with a visit to the annual Morehead City Mistletoe Magic Holiday Gift Show.  Handmade treasures galore were on display and many of them went home with our experienced shoppers!

New Bern Historical Society's Annual Ghostwalk - October 2022

Activities included:

♦ Spirit sites, including 5 at Cedar Grove Cemetery and 6 on downtown porches.

♦ Spirited Storytellers on Attmore-Oliver House back porch.

♦ Veri-Good Bakery & TapSnap free photo booth behind Attmore-Oliver House.

♦ New Bern Civic Theatre - special improv show

♦ A “thrilling” musical happening at New Bern Academy Green

♦ Broad Street Christian Church - Chili, cornbread, dessert, tea: $8

♦ Centenary Methodist Church - “The Catacombs at Centenary” Pasta w/sauce, salad, bread, dessert

♦ Temple B’nai Sholem - Roasted chestnuts, cookies, hot cider

♦ Old St. Paul Catholic Church - Tours available

Simply Natural Creamery Dairy Farm - October 6

Twelve of us enjoyed a beautiful fall day touring the Simply Natural Creamery and Farm.  We had loads of fun during a guided wagon ride, quality petting time with the CUTEST calves, and learned all about life on a dairy farm.  And who didn’t love ending the day with some yummy ice cream?!


Sylvan Heights Bird Park - September 13

The day trippers spent a wonderful afternoon at Sylvan Heights Bird Park on September 13. Following a picnic lunch, we saw all sorts of birds from around the world—from parakeets to an emu—and enjoyed the good weather.



Search for Beaufort’s Wildlife on a Horse & Dolphin Cruise - May 13, 2022

It was pouring rain Friday morning, May 13, but by the time our intrepid day trippers reached Beaufort, the sun appeared and it turned out to be the perfect day for a cruise. Our group boarded the Crystal Coast Lady for a 1.5 hour scenic cruise that explores wildlife as well as the bustling waterfront and Morehead City Port. We got a glimpse of wild horses in the distance, and were lucky enough to see a mother dolphin and her calf swimming by. Afterward, we enjoyed getting to know each other further over a late lunch on the patio at the Black Sheep restaurant. We’re so glad we didn’t let the weather scare us away!




Walton’s Distillery Tour - Jacksonville - April 26, 2022

Fortified by lunch at Mission BBQ, about 20 Newcomer Day Trippers visited Walton Distillery in Jacksonville for a tour and tasting. We learned a lot about the distilling process (and the many regulations surrounding it), as well as the difference between moonshine and bourbon. After the tour, we had the opportunity to taste the range of Walton products—including moonshine, corn whiskey, and bourbon, plus a variety of flavored moonshine ranging from salted caramel, to peach, to apple pie. Several participants were seen leaving with souvenirs like shot glasses and mugs along with additional product to continue sampling
at home.


NC Aquarium - Pine Knoll Shores - March 24, 2022

Our small but mighty group of day trippers braved the rain to visit the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores on 24 March. We especially loved watching the otters!

Spice Bouquet - Kinston - February 22, 2022

New Bern Fireman’s Museum - January 20, 2022

Approximately 25 newcomers toured the New Bern Firemen’s Museum on 20 January.   We not only learned about firefighting in New Bern, but also heard many stories about the history of our newly-adopted town.

Sylvan Bird Center - April 16, 2021

Newcomers headed to the Sylvan Bird Center in Scotland Neck.  One of our first day trips since the start of the Pandemic.  Everyone had a great time and the birds were lovely.

Civic Theater - Behind the Scenes Tour -January 16, 2020

A really fun day trip to the Civic Theater, where we learned what goes on behind the scenes.  All of our participants should now be able to answer the questions:  What color is the green room?  What color is the writing on the wall?

Lady Swan Sunset Tour - May 12, 2018

Capt Tim and Firstmate Jane sailed us out of Swansboro and timed our sunset perfectly. Everyone enjoyed relaxing, the scenery and friends!

Seymour Johnson Air Force Base - March 27, 2018

Everyone enjoyed a very informative trip. Special thanks to SSGT Charles of the base PR department for the tour!

Whirligig Park - March 19, 2018

DayTrip to Whirligig Park, Wilson,NC Unique park with many creative wind-powered sculptures,created by Vollis Simpson. Lunch was at the famous Parker’s BBQ. A fun and informative day.

Archive of Day Trips from Prior Years

Click on the year below to go to that archive




For Info on Scheduled Activities

For upcoming events, check the calendar on the Home page. You can click on the calendar event for details.

Also, check the latest newsletter on the Newsletter page.

Not able to get away for weekday Day Trip activities?  Starting this month, in addition to our once a month “away” Day Trips, we are offering a second “Local Day Trip” event, primarily on evenings or weekends.



Spring Has Sprung!

March Newcomers Club Local Day Trip Event

Presentation on New Bern-Friendly Landscaping and Garden Options

Pinecone Home and Garden Center

Saturday, 25 March 2023

Recently relocated to New Bern and rented, bought, or built a house needing some landscaping TLC?!  Join your fellow Newcomers Day Trippers at a presentation on lawn and garden flowers, shrubs, trees, and even veggies that are New Bern-area friendly.  Wendy Graveman of Pinecone Home & Garden Center will offer tips to turn brown thumbs green whether you are planting plots or pots. She will be offering advice on landscaping with native species that should thrive in our coastal environment and answer any questions you may have from pest control to encouraging birds and butterflies to visit your yard!  Light refreshments will be on hand.  If you desire a more substantial dining experience, we can retire afterwards (@5:30) to nearby Paula's Pizza & Italian Restaurant for dinner.

DATE: Saturday, 25 March 2023

TIME: Presentation: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM, Dinner 5:30 PM - ?

COST: None; dinner optional, payable at restaurant

PINECONE LOCATION: 4136 Dr. M L King Jr. Blvd, New Bern

PAULA’s LOCATION: 3946 Dr. M L King Jr. Blvd, New Bern

Please RSVP your interests for the Presentation and/or Dinner at Paula’s by 19 March to Andrea Britton,

March 2023 Local Day Trip                                                                                                                                                                                             


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P.O. Box 14140
New Bern, NC 28562


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