NEW BERN NC SPORTS and RECREATION
With our very moderate weather, New Bern NC has year-round outdoor
activity. Golfing, boating, kayaking, fishing, and cycling are among the top choices
here. Click on one of these links to take you to these
specialized New Bern Sports pages:
New Bern NC Sports and Recreation Table of Contents
Click on a link below to jump down to more information on your favorite sport
or recreational activity.
We have a variety of parks in the area, including children’s playgrounds, ball fields, fishing and public boat launches- even a (Frisbee) disc golf facility. Many subdivisions have their own park or public areas. Sports leagues for children and adults, classes, even Senior Games are some of the programs available.
Read more about Craven County Parks & Recreation at
www.cravencounty.com/parks/classes.cfm and City of New Bern Parks at
Visit the specific government sites for New Bern area parks and recreation
Many local communities have their own community pools, including
Greenbrier, Taberna, Fairfield Harbour, and River Bend.
Additional, Courts Plus Fitness Center has an indoor and
outdoor pool for its members, and there is an excellent Twin Rivers YMCA with two
year-round pools (the outdoor one gets covered in the winter).
Read about the
Twin Rivers swimming facilities at this independent Swimmers
Sports aficionados love Eastern North Carolina, with its abundant and year-round
hunting, and many more outdoor sports.
There are many tennis courts all over town. Check with
your local community as to time and availability. The serious tennis
players seem to head over to River Bend's
Since eastern Carolina is in a coastal plain, it is very flat,
making it an excellent location for cycling, whether you enjoy long
distances or a casual Sunday ride.
Particularly popular here are
water sports including fishing, boating, sailing, and
paddling, including both kayaking and canoeing.
Many communities have walking paths and some, like Taberna, have their own kayaking / canoe facilities.
Disc Golf ("frisbee golf") is played at the delightful
"18-hole" course at Glenburnie Park on Glenburnie Road off of Oaks
Road. It's strictly BYOD, however (Bring Your Own Discs), though the
holes are clearly marked as to the layout and par rating.
Bowling is a perennial favorite. The Strike Zone has many adult and youth leagues.
It is located at 3550 Dr M L King Jr Blvd (17 South toward Jacksonville), New
Bern. Tel: (252) 637-6033.
Shuffleboard is played at the
West New Bern Recreation Center.
Table tennis and billiards casual play and
tournaments take place at West New Bern Recreation Center.
Beach bingo is highly competitive here and is available at
several locations for those so inclined!
How about drag racing? A new entry to New Bern's
activities is in Craven Co. outside of Bridgeton.
New Bern MotorSports, 300 Dragstrip Rd. New Bern, NC (252)
Other available sports in New Bern NC include some of the following more popular choices:
Not available in New Bern, but in surrounding towns
are the following sports:
- Ice Skating- The closest ice skating
rink is Bladez on Ice is located at 104 Red Banks Road in Greenville,
NC. Tel: 252-353-8888. Bladez on Ice "offers public skating daily as well
as skating lessons, hockey learn to play programs, stick and puck, pick up
hockey, and hockey leagues for children and adults."
kids, there are many organized sports everything from T-ball, Babe Ruth
Softball, Pop Warner football, Junior Golf program at the Emerald Golf Course.
New Bern High School's track and field program is one of the best in the
Dance classes are a perennial favorite, particularly with little (and not
older!) girls. Several dance studios in town offer range of dancing and recital
opportunities, from ballet to tap and jazz to historic dancing, colonial style!
Visit our extensive Dance Schools page for a complete listing.
music is your thing, there are many instrumental music opportunities here, from
the Tryon Palace's Fife and Drum Corps to the Craven Community Band to church
musical groups and more.
To learn a new instrument or to get your "chops" in place to play better, check
list of experienced instrumental music teachers.
There are also
Classes for Kids at Art & Materials on Middle Street (see course schedule-
scroll down the page for Children's Schedule), as well kids' sessions of
make-your-own pottery at The Accidental Artist at
220 Craven Street, New Bern. Call (252) 634-3411 for info.
Karate, Fencing and Self Defense classes, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, and
many other activities are offered for kids at West New Bern Recreation Center.
Check out their Youth Programs, Clubs and Classes page.
ORGANIZED SPORTS LEAGUES FOR KIDS:
- The City of
New Bern organizes a number of Youth Athletics leagues. Visit
their Athletics pages for:
Youth Fall/Winter Leagues,
including fall baseball, football, "punt, pass and kick", flag football,
cheerleading, basketball, volleyball, karate, tennis and wrestling.
Youth Spring/Summer Leagues.
Includes Tee Ball, baseball, softball, tennis, lacrosse, "Hook A Kid on
Golf"- sessions for girls and for boys, Hershey's Track and Field. Also held
is a Summer Sports Camp in June, with an introduction to the skills, methods
and rules of different sports, including bowling, golf, tennis, swimming,
and other activities.
RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR
- Both the City of New Bern and Craven County offer recreational
activities for seniors.
Annual Neuse River Senior Games are an opportunity to show that you
"still got it" albeit in categories related to crafting and life
experiences, and the like.
There are many amateur sports leagues in New Bern for adults as well
as the ones mentioned above for children.
Visit these web sites for information on organized adult sports leagues
in New Bern NC:
sports dominate conversations in North Carolina, as it hosts such Atlantic Coast
Conference powerhouses as the Tar Heels of University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, Duke University Blue Devils, NC State Wolfpack and Wake Forest
Demon Deacons. With only a two-hour drive to the Triangle of
Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, many New Bern residents make it to some of the NCAA
While not in the ACC, Nearby East Carolina University Pirates in Greenville,
with its traditional strong football and baseball programs, often plays
out-of-conference games against plays ACC members, leading to excited "bragging
UNC Wilmington, about 90 minutes southeast of New Bern, also has some sports
teams as well.
Read about the teams, games and matches at the official university athletic
Carolina professional sports fans can enjoy watching the Carolina Panthers
football team, Carolina Hurricanes Ice Hockey team.
There are many minor league baseball teams in North Carolina
(think Bull Durham!). New Bern itself has its own
New Bern River Rats
of the Coastal Plain League. Attending their games has become a popular family
pastime. Nearby Kinston has the Kinston Indians as well.
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