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Tryon Palace may be the best-known attraction in North Carolina’s second-oldest town, but the unassuming city of New Bern offers a variety of other treasures to discover. Traditionally seen as a pass-through for Triangle residents making their way to the shore, New Bern’s striking architecture, water views and historic downtown shopping and dining district is quickly becoming a destination in its own right. In part, because of revitalization efforts that began in 1979, New Bern’s historic downtown business district is a hub of activities. Professional offices are balanced by small boutiques, shops and restaurants. Street-side parking is available downtown, though keep some change on hand for meters. Parking is limited to two hours during weekdays, but restrictions are lifted at 5 pm. Additional parking can be found at the farmers’ market at 421 Front Street, except for Tuesdays and Saturdays when the market is operating. New Bern is a city with a rich history engaging visitors in town for a day or a week. Active theatre groups, evening art walks, music venues and a full calendar of annual events enliven this vibrant city. Above: The Alfred A. Cunningham Bridge crosses the Trent River. Inset: Tulips bloom in the Latham Garden at Tryon Palace. Opposite: A rooftop view of downtown New Bern reveals a variety of historic structures and styles. PHOTO COURTESY OF TRYON PALACE 25 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM


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