When COVID-19 passes, we’ll all be desperate to get out of the house and explore again. So, in preparation for that wonderful moment, here are 19 Totally Fly reasons to make Goldsboro-Wayne County your first “post-19” destination.


  1. Wilber’s BBQ, arguably the most famous BBQ in the state, is re-opening – and surely, the single best way to shake off the quarantine blues is through tucking into a hearty plate of this legendary pit smoked BBQ! Stay up to date by checking out Facebook @wilbersbbq.
  2. Downtown Goldsboro welcomes yet more exciting new businesses. To mention just a few –Downtown Fresh Market, Barre Haus, and Tufano’s Wine Bar. Makes for an idyllic weekend stroll around Downtown, punctuated by coffee, freshly bought goods, and a cheeky glass of wine. Find out more on Facebook @downtowngoldsboro
  3. The beautiful Cliffs of the Neuse opens their boating lake in Summer, so float through the peaceful surrounds on one of their boats for hire – or chill out on the banks and watch the world go by. More at gov/cliffs-of-the-neuse-state-park/home
  4. Pork lovers will want to stop at the Nahunta Pork Center, officially the largest pork retailer in the whole country. A bucket stop for pig and bbq fans. Learn more at nahuntapork.com/about-us.
  5. And while we’re on the subject of pork, why not re-familiarize yourself with Goldsboro-Wayne County’s BBQ, using our handy BBQ Passport to navigate the deluge of amazing BBQ. Warning: wear stretchy pants! Contact Visit Goldsboro at jjenkins@goldsboronc.gov to get your passport.
  6. Take part in one of North Carolina’s oldest Road Runs – The Greater Goldsboro Road Run. Rescheduled for July 11, the new date gives a bit of time to get some practice runs in beforehand! Check out runsignup.com/Race/NC/Goldsboro/GreaterGoldsboro10K5K1M for registration.
  7. Looking for a peaceful overnight getaway? Cliffs of the Neuse State Park rent rustic cabins through Summer, where you can wake up surrounded by nature. Bliss. Book at ncparks.gov/cliffs-of-the-neuse-state-park
  8. Make the most of the gorgeous weather, and float down the River Neuse. And, fun fact: at 275 miles long, the River Neuse is the longest river contained completely in North Carolina. Plan your adventure at gov/cliffs-of-the-neuse-state-park/trail/neuse-paddle-trail
  9. Rumor has it that the beloved Heritage Farms General Store is opening a restaurant in the near future – but in the meantime, it’s milkshake weather! Go and get yours asap. More details on all products at heritagefarmsgeneralstore.com
  10. History buffs will love taking a free private tour around Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield, rich with its civil war history. Costumes included! Visit goldsboroughbridge.org to book your tour.
  11. While some events have sadly been cancelled, there are still lots to look forward to this year. For starters – Taste of Wayne County, Pig in the Park, and the Pickle Drop on New Year’s Eve. So much fun to be had, so little time! Plan your trip by visiting visitgoldsboronc.com
  12. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that are the best. R&R Brewing are helping us all out by brewing up a fresh batch of PickleTown lager, so you can now get your hands on the sell-out craft beer, and help you get in the mood for Pickle Festival 2021. Order yours at randrbrew.com or head into the brewery for the full experience.
  13. For some more beer related good news – the much loved owners of Goldsboro Brew Works are set to open Downtown Goldsboro’s first brewery. Enough said! The date is still under wraps, but keep an eye on their Facebook page @goldsborobrewworks.
  14. If you’ve spent quarantine perfecting your golf, now is the time to show it off at one of the many scenic golf courses in Goldsboro Wayne County. Check out the options and other options for outdoor fun here.
  15. Hike the Mountain To Sea Trail. Wending its way through North Carolina, Goldsboro’s portion snakes through Downtown Goldsboro, allowing you to divert for a refreshing beer mid-walk! Learn more here.
  16. If you haven’t already, it’s about time you tried a Hoop Cheese Biscuit from Fast Break in Fremont. The lack of curb appeal only adds to the experience, as the most delicious surprise awaits you inside! Track yours down here: facebook.com/fastbreakinc
  17. Savor the sweetness of fresh strawberries, with strawberry picking season at Odom Farms. They also have some adorable month-old baby goats to visit, while you’re there! Plan your trip at odomfarmingcompany.com
  18. Goldsboro-Wayne County has got its fair share of historic sites – so why not spend a leisurely day exploring the Birthplace of Charles B. Aycock, and get to know more about our past. Details at nc.gov/all-sites/governor-charles-b-aycock-birthplace
  19. Last but not least, Secret Garden Winery offers delicious wines, Southern hospitality and a welcome break from the world. Sounds just like what we all need. Visit asecretgardenwinery.com for info.