The New Bern Riverfront Convention Center is located on the waterfront in historic downtown New Bern, within walking distance of hotels, restaurants and shopping. In a hurry and need to fly in to your convention? No problem. Coastal Carolina Regional Airport is only about two miles from the center. Craven County has one of the finest airports anywhere for a county of its size. American Airlines has several non-stop flights daily to Charlotte's Douglass International Airport. The riverfront Marriott, Sheraton and Comfort Suites are only two or three hundred yards away. The riverfront Bridge Pointe Hotel is located directly across the river. Other major hotels are only a few miles away.
In August of 2008 the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners held their annual convention at the Riverfront Convention Center in New Bern. The general consensus was that New Bern had the finest convention facility in North Carolina.
What to do after the convention?
Of course, everyone should see the Tryon Palace. New Bern was settled in 1710 and is full of history. Take a tour of the historic homes. Dine in one of the many wonderful restaurants in the historic district. Grab a map of downtown New Bern and explore the historic homes that are easily within walking distance. New Bern has many distinct styles of architecture. Some features are unique to this area and are a result of the work of professional boat carpenters that often worked on homes in the off season.
Take a river cruise or rent a boat.
An enjoyable way to spend a few hours is by taking a river cruise. You will see parts of the beautiful Trent and the mighty Neuse Rivers. If you would rather, you can rent your own boat and spend all day on the water.