Your time is precious and we want your visit to Kinston to be a special one! If this is your first, second or third visit we want your memories of Kinston to last a lifetime! So whether you’re on a tight schedule and just have one day or you have several to really enjoy the region, we’ve gone ahead and put together itineraries for you. Whether you are a foodie looking for “a wonderful dining experience”, an art enthusiast admiring our arts trail, a history lover seeking a unique experience on a Civil War Ironclad or looking for a family fun adventure…Create your itinerary from the options below and enjoy a truly excellent experience here in Kinston!
Weekend in Kinston
Red – A Chef’s Life points of interest (featured or associated with the show)
Blue – American Civil War site/attraction
Green – for the Art lover
Where to stay in downtown Kinston: The Bentley Bed and Breakfast (117 West Capitola Ave.) or The O’Neil Boutique Hotel (200 north Queen Street). For a rural setting try The Brothers Farm Experience (3697 Brothers Road and Paul’s Path Road) or the Benjamin Best Inn (2029 Mewborn Church Road) VisitKinston.com for hotel information
Lunch at the Queen Street Deli (117 South Queen Street) Meet Chef Vivian’s sister Lerraine
Visit Harmony Hall (109 East King Street) Defacto Capital of NC during the American Revolution and used as a hospital during the Civil War
For the Arts Lover visit the Community Council for the Arts, The Overland Gallery (105 West Blount Street) and Buy Local Gallery (117 West North Street)
Tour Mother Earth Brewing (125 West North Street)
Dinner at Ginger 108 (108 West North Street)
The Red Room (220 N. Herritage Street) bar, concert venue, bands and musicians.
The Farmer’s Market (100 North Heritage Street)
Shopping Downtown Kinston and Herritage Landing
Train Exhibit at Kinston Arts Council (400 North Queen Street)
Walking and driving tour of Kinston Arts Council Public Art tour (the largest public art collection in NC)
CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center (100 North Queen Street)
CSS Neuse II, a full size replica (corner of North Herritage Street and West Gordon Street)
Tour of Mother Earth Brewing/Tap Room (125 West North Street)
Visit the Chef and the Farmer Wine Shop (120 West Gordon Street)
Dinner at Chef and the Farmer (Reservation needed well in advance…2 to 3 months)
(120 West Gordon Street)
Driving tour of the Wyse Fork Civil War Battlefield (Driving brochure and CDs are available at the Kinston /Lenoir County Visitors Center (101 East New Bern Road)
Shopping at the Neuse Sports Shop and the Villager (225 East New Bern Road)
Lunch at Boiler Room (120 West Gordon Street in the ally way)
Tour of the Kinston Civil War Site on the Kinston Battlefield at Harriet’ Chapel and Star’s Battery (Hwy 258 South ¼ mile pass the Kinston Visitors Center on Hwy 70)
Cell Phone Audio Tours
Wherever you are throughout Kinston, history is simply a phone call away! Simply use your personal cell phone to call (252) 523-8687 and listen to a short narration of historical information. By dialing different prompts you can learn about individual sites and attractions throughout the city. Stop by the Kinson-Lenoir County Visitors and Information Center at 101 East New Bern Road for a brochure of locations or look for Cell Tour Signs throughout the city.
Guided Nature Programs
Various interpretive programs available at Neuseway Nature Center. (252) 939-3367, http://www.neusewaypark.com
Mother Earth Brewery Tours
Free brewery tours available by for individuals or groups at the top of every hour – Tuesday- Friday 10am- 5pm and Saturdays 1pm-8pm. Tap room hours Tues-Thursday, 4pm-10pm, Friday & Saturday 1pm-10pm. (252) 208-BIER or (252) 208-2437, http://www.motherearthbrewing.com
Private Civil War Battlefield Tours
Tours available for the First Battle of Kinston and the Battle of Wyse Fork by appointment. (252) 522-0540
Public Art Walking Tour
Visitors can enjoy a Public Art Trail by picking up a map which identifies the locations of art. The collection includes large sculptures, benches, murals and other visual art all by NC artists. Maps are available at the Community Council for the Arts. (252) 527-2517, http://www.kinstoncca.com
Self-Guided Audio Battlefield Driving Tour
Listen to an CD narrator as you drive the tour of the Wyse Fork Battlefield and surrounding area. Vivid descriptions of troop placements and movements bring history alive for you while you visit the sites fought over by Union and Confederate forces. Stop by the Kinson-Lenoir County Visitors and Information Center at 101 East New Bern Road to rent or purchase a CD.
You can also download PDF versions of each tour brochure here…
Driving Tour PDF (980K)
Battle of Wyse Fork– Hwy 70 East toward New Bern near the community of Wyse Fork
Battle of Wyse Fork History and Driving Tour Audio
Download this podcast and listen to the narrator as you tour the Wyse Fork Battlefield and surrounding area. Vivid descriptions of troop placements and movements bring history alive for you while you visit the sites fought over by Union and Confederate forces.
This podcast is a 15-minute long audio recording in MP3 format you can download and play on your iPod or other MP3 player, or burn to a CD to play in your car as you tour the area.
Download Battle of Wyse Fork Audio Tour file (11MB mp3)…
Please be alert and drive carefully as you approach each tour site.
For a complete list of tour sites in the podcast and more information, please visit the Battle of Wyse Fork Tour page.
Thunder in the Battlefield
Bike riders cruising the trails of long ago, create today “Thunder in the Battlefields” as they travel the driving tours of the First Battle of Kinston and the Battle of Wyse Fork. The Battlefield Driving Tour Brochures with maps may be picked up at the Kinson-Lenoir County Visitors and Information Center at 101 East New Bern Road or King’s Restaurant Highway 70 East.