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BUSCO BEACH & ATV PARK

An “ATV Rider’s Paradise” with more than 1800 acres of riding trails, drag races, motocross tracks, youth tracks, mudpits, mudholes, mud races, and ATV ponds. For those who prefer water, they’ve got a lake and several ponds – perfect for swimming, jet skiing, boating, or fishing. Busco Beach has plenty of water front space for primitive camping and full RV hook-up. 

WAYNE COUNTY DRAG STRIP

The sound of engines roaring and the smell of burnt rubber will get your heart racing at the Wayne County Drag Strip. Take a spin on the 1/8 mile concrete drag strip and put the petal to the metal. For car and race enthusiasts alike, you can’t miss a night out on the Wayne County Drag Strip. 

WAYNE COUNTY PADDLE TRAILS

The Wayne County Paddle Trails consist of over 70 miles of interconnected rivers, streams, and tributaries that twist and wind through Wayne County. The main artery of water, the Neuse River, is estimated to be two million years old and has an abundance of wildlife in and along its banks. Paddle by the Cliffs of the Neuse where the river cuts a 90-ft. gorge through limestone and sandstone bluffs.

ENC FIRING RANGE

An outdoor firing range, ENC has everything you’re looking for. Equipped with 25, 50, 100, and 200 yard rifle ranges, 25 yard handgun booths with retractable target holders, “reactive” steel targets, and no caliber limitations, ENC is the place for enthusiasts and adventurists alike! 

THE KILL ZONE PAINTBALL

Experience an adrenaline pumping, paint filled time at The Kill Zone Paintball’s indoor and outdoor fields. Fields include 3 Senario/Speedball and 1 Woodsball. From ages 8 & up, you can experience the rush of paintballs flying by while doing your best to stay paint free! Rain or shine, play through obstacle courses, intense battles and more. 

WHOOPAXE THROWING LODGE

Kick some axe and have a great time at Whoopaxe Throwing Lodge. Get into the action by walking-in or making a reservation, check out the local food trucks that rotate throughout the weekend, and enjoy the company of your loved ones while you throw some axes at targets. 

WINGS OVER WAYNE AIR SHOW

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GYPSY BEAN COFFEE SHOP

Start your morning or end your afternoon off right with some freshly brewed coffee from Gypsy Bean Coffee Shop. This cozy and hip shop is located in Historic Downtown Goldsboro and is ready to make you feel at home. 

THE LOFT HAIR STUDIO & SPA

“Massage therapy for the wellness of body, mind and soul” is what the The Loft Hair Studio & Spa represents in the array of the massages they offer to leave you feeling relaxed! From a Swedish Massage to a Hot-Stone Massage, you won’t want to leave once you’ve laid down.  

VAILHOUSE OYSTER BAR & GRILLE

At Vailhouse Oyster Bar & Grille you’ll be treated like family and you’ll enjoy the comfort and freshness of the ocean in their fresh assortment of seafood! Check out their outdoor dining section to catch the breeze while you’re eating your lunch or dinner. 

SKIN THERAPY DAY SPA

Nothing screams relaxation more than getting a facia and coming out feeling refreshed! Winner of the 2015 and 2016 Best Businesses Raleigh Award Program, Skin Therapy Day Spa offers personalized treatments that are bound to leave you feeling great!

R & R BREWING

R & R stands for “rest and relaxation” and that’s exactly what you’ll get at Wayne County’s first micro-brewery! Grab one of their fresh brews, pet the brew pup, and sit outside in their large back patio. Catch their weekly schedule of food trucks, live music and trivia nights!

MICKEY’S PASTRY SHOP

Nothing is more relaxing than sitting in a park with a box full of pastries made by certified Master Bakers. This family-run bakery has been serving up goodness for the past three generations, and is one of the oldest bakeries in North Carolina. 

LIGHTS UP DOWNTOWN

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DOWNTOWN ESCAPES

Ready. Set. Go! Enjoy a one-of-a-kind adventure game in which you and your team have exactly one hour to figure out how to escape the “room” by solving a series of clues, riddles, and puzzles. Got what it takes to race against the clock? Come prove your CSI skills…what are you afraid of?

INTERNATIONAL CUISINE 

Nothing is more adventurous than expanding your palette to some amazing cuisine! Restaurant hopping is the perfect opportunity to taste flavors from throughout the world by the amazing #FlyFoodies located throughout Wayne County!

GOLD CITY VIDEO POP-UP SHOP

Gold City Video is Eastern NC’s one and only pop-up video store! Every month you can find this nostalgic shop set up at the back of Veteran-owned, Well Travelled Beer, located in Historic Downtown Goldsboro. You’ll find yourself immersed VHS classics, vinyl records, action-figurines, laserdiscs and gaming consoles ranging from the late 80’s to 90’s. 

GOLDSBORO BREW WORKS

Located in Historic Downtown Goldsboro and Veteran-owned, Goldsboro Brew Works supplies the community with both a high end tap room, offering a variety of international craft beers and a retail space devoted to the sale of homebrew supplies and equipment. Enjoy some arcade games, shuffleboard, corn toss and more, all while enjoying their fresh brews. 

OLD WAYNESBOROUGH PARK

Located on the site of the former town of Waynesborough, the original seat of Wayne County from 1787 until 1847. The park consists of a village featuring nine historic buildings brought from across the county. These buildings, including a school, lawyer’s office, and Quaker meeting house, date from the 1860’s to the 1920’s. In addition to the village the park has over 150 acres along the Neuse and Little Rivers with over four miles of walking trails through open spaces, forest, and cypress swamp.

ODOM FARMING COMPANY

These third generation farmers at Odom Farming Company have shaken up the agritourism scene in Wayne County by opening their doors for unique seasonal experiences! Find you-pick strawberries throughout Spring, you-pick sunflowers in Summer, and you-pick pumpkins in Fall with an assortment of other fun activities such as tractor and hay-rides, outdoor games, and their unique animals, lovingly called the “Pasture Gang”. 

THREE EAGLES BEER FESTIVAL

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WAYNE COUNTY MUSEUM

This great historical stop for those interested in learning more about the legacy of Wayne County has been around since 1927, originally serving as the clubhouse for the Goldsboro Woman’s Club and then as a USO. Check out their exhibitions, lectures, events and guided historic tours throughout the year!

WAYNESBOROUGH HISTORICAL VILLAGE

Located on the site of the former town of Waynesborough, the original seat of Wayne County from 1787 until 1847. The park consists of a village featuring nine historic buildings brought from across the county. These buildings, including a school, lawyer’s office, and Quaker meeting house, date from the 1860’s to the 1920’s. In addition to the village the park has over 150 acres along the Neuse and Little Rivers with over four miles of walking trails through open spaces, forest, and cypress swamp.

MOUNT OLIVE HISTORIC DISTRICT

The Mount Olive Historic District captures the architectural history and development of a small, bustling Eastern North Carolina town from the 1850s to 1949. Encompassing approximately 200 acres, the district includes homes, commercial buildings, churches, industrial plants and schools. It is rich with architectural details, with 655 resources and 71 percent classified as contributing – at least 50 years old as of 1999 and retaining architectural integrity.

GOLDSBOROUGH BRIDGE BATTLEFIELD

This battlefield is the site of Foster’s Raid on Goldsborough Bridge. On December 17, 1862, some 2,000 Confederate forces attempted to stop Union General John Foster’s 12,000 troops from destroying this vital railroad bridge. It was a pivotal turning point in the Civil War. This site now entails walking trails to take visitors to nine historical markers where specific events of the battle are detailed. Free guided tours are available by scheduling in advance via email or phone.

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE TOUR

Home of the 4th Fighter Wing, which flies the F-15E Strike Eagle jet, and the 916th Air Refueling Wing, which flies the KC-135R Stratotanker, the Base has an intricate history within and around Goldsboro and Wayne County. First activated in 1942, the installation was named in honor of U.S. Navy Lt. Seymour A. Johnson, a Goldsboro native, who was killed in March 1941. By 1944, the primary mission of the base was to train P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. Base tours for the public are offered monthly through the Visit Goldsboro, NC office. 

GOLDSBORO ANTIQUE MALL

The Goldsboro Antique Mall was founded in 2008 and they have 30 dealers all in one location. Specializing in furniture, antiques and vintage, you’ll find things ranging from cameras, toys, jewelery and more. Constantly restocking their booths, you’ll find something new on the daily at the Goldsboro Antique Mall that may just become your new treasure. 


OLE TIMEY DAYS FESTIVAL

Based upon your interest in EPIC & HISTORIC activities for your getaway, we recommend this event for you to check out!

ARTS COUNCIL OF WAYNE COUNTY

The Arts Council of Wayne County offers exhibitions, performances, workshops, art classes, and houses adult and children’s art galleries, studios, and much more. Visit the Art Market! From pottery to photography, jewelry to textiles, paintings to prints, the Art Market, located in  Downtown Goldsboro NC, is a wonderful place to find unique, one-of-a-kind works of art.

ARTISAN VILLAGE OF WAYNE COUNTY

The Artisan Village of Wayne County is a unique collection of area artisans and sellers offering amazing hand made, crafted and resale items to the Wayne County community. They are the biggest collection of artisan sellers in the local area, and home to many popular shops and the bakery, Pink Piggy Sweets! 

MT. OLIVE PICKLE COMPANY

Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Inc., located at the Corner of Cucumber & Vine in Mount Olive, North Carolina, was originally founded for the purpose of brining cucumbers to be sold to other pickling firms. Mt. Olive has grown to manufacture the best-selling brand of pickles, peppers and relishes in the U.S.

PUBLIC ARTS 

Downtown Goldsboro has a variety of public art works ranging from sculptures to murals to a xylophone! Checking out the sites is a fun way to discover new artists and get some insta-worthy shots. Just walk around Downtown and find as many art pieces as you can!

BREWS & ‘CUE TOUR

BBQ and brews – the perfect match! Sample a range of Goldsboro-Wayne County’s finest craft beer and then feast our delicious Eastern, NC barbecue. Discover the magic behind your two favorite food groups, take home memories (and some crawlers and left overs!) and get your comfy pants on. 

HERMAN PARK

This beautiful and historic park is a a staple in the historic district of Goldsboro. Centered in the park is the, “Lady of the Park” fountain in all her glory, surrounded by flowers. Take a walk through the field and find a local gem, the Kiwanis Miniature Train that runs throughout the Spring and Summer. 

CENTER STREET JAM: CONCERT SERIES

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THE CLIFFS OF THE NEUSE STATE PARK

The Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, with impressive cliffs overlooking the Neuse River, has been a landmark for centuries. Five hiking trails explore the riverside habitats and their mature forests and lead to some quiet fishing spots along the waterway. Find an 11-acre swimming lake with a bathhouse, grass-covered lawn, sandy beach and diving platform with rental boats available. Expansive picnic grounds are nearby. Additionally, group campsites and a 35-site family campground. A visitor center offers museum-quality exhibits that explore the natural and cultural history of the region, complementing regular interpretive programs.

FARM CREDIT FARMERS MARKET

Farm fresh and local at the Farm Credit Farmers Market located behind the Maxwell Convention Center throughout the season. Enjoy fresh produce, handmade crafts, art, jellies, jams, teas, fragrances and more. Supporting local farmers and artisans throughout Wayne County, NC. Open season for the market is April – November on Fridays from 10 AM to 5:30 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 2 PM. 

NAHUNTA PORK CENTER

Nahunta Pork Center is the largest retail center of its kind, not only in the Raleigh, NC and Goldsboro, NC area, but in the entire eastern United States. If you are hungry for delicious fresh and local pork products, you’ll find all that you’re looking for at Nahunta Pork Center.

HOLLY GROVE FARMS

Situated on 65 acres, Holly Grove Farms is a family owned and operated business, specializing in all natural farmstead goat cheeses. Visit their farm for a tour, and check out their amazing gift shop on-site and online. They have over 1,000 dairy goats.   Holly Grove Farms is one of the largest farmstead andwoman-owned goat dairies in the United States.

HERITAGE FARMS GENERAL STORE

Delight in a tasteful assortment of provisions ranging from their own local brand of premium Cheshire Pork ribs, bacon, tenderloin, sausage, charcuterie, hams and all cuts of pork to creative gift items to all-natural bath products, locally sourced foods, and of course, North Carolina Pig Flag apparel. Let’s not forget hand-spun Simply Natural Ice Cream and famous milkshakes!

STONEY CREEK PARK

If you’re a fan of greenways, disc golf, and the natural beauty of Wayne County, Stoney Creek Park will be your go to place for a peaceful walk. Bring along your dog and let them live their best life at the dog park, or put in your earbuds and take a jog through the peaceful wooded trails. 

CRUISE THE NEUSE

Based upon your interest in LOVERS OF NATURE activities for your getaway, we recommend this event for you to check out!

BARRIQUE & 18TH AMENDMENT LOUNGE

This upscale, yet casual restaurant brings to the table everything you could want for a romantic night out, a celebratory dinner, or as a way to treat yourself after a long day of exploring Goldsboro’s sights and sounds (jet sounds, to be exact). Barrique’s sources their food locally from sustainable farmers, and their seafood is plucked straight from the ocean of the North Carolina coast. Stop by their 18th Amendment Lounge for before or after dinner for drinks, where you can savor their craft cocktails.

GOLD CITY HOUSE OF MUSIC

Music lovers, rejoice! Gold City House of Music is a place for music lovers to create, purchase and discover their love of analog media. Located in Historic Downtown Goldsboro, this is the place to go if you’re looking to add new records to your ever-growing collection! Aside from their large collection of vinyl for sale, Gold City House of Music is also a music production studio that teaches lessons to anyone interested in becoming more musical.

PARAMOUNT THEATRE

Originally built in 1882 and reconstructed in 2008, this beautiful landmark is Historic Downtown Goldsboro’s headquarters for the performing arts. In addition to an increasing amount of events produced by local organizations, the Paramount Theatre now presents an annual Performing Arts Series featuring nationally and internationally known artists. Visit the website for a complete listing of performances.

A SECRET GARDEN WINERY

Located just five miles north of Goldsboro, this winery is situated on a family farm. A selection of naturally fermented wines are produced from the area’s native grape and the official fruit of NC, the Muscadine. All wine are made without chemicals and preservatives, fermenting their wines with the natural wild yeast in the grapes. The ingredients in A Secret Garden wines are juice, water and sugar. No more, no less.

TOBACCO & HOPS 

Goldsboro’s Only (and oldest) full service Tobacconist! Located in Historic Downtown Goldsboro, Tobacco and Hops carries a full line of premium cigars, pipes, pipe tobacco and accessories. They also have a large lounge serving up your favorite brews. Enjoy some of their hosted events, such as Cigar Dinners, catered with delicious and upscale meals, drinks and cigars to match. 

TUFANO’S WINE BAR

This family-owned wine bar is a local staple for a sweet night out. With a selection of local and international wines, charcutrie and delicious desserts, you won’t want to leave. Check them out on weekends for live music and on Sundays for bottomless mimosas. If you’re looking for a casual, yet elegant place to relax and enjoy a date night, Tufano’s Wine Bar is the place to be. 

NC SYMPHONY HOLIDAY POPS

Based upon your interest in URBAN & MODERN activities for your getaway, we recommend this event for you to check out!

STONEY CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL

This 3-mile single track mountain bike trail will lead you through the natural beauty of Wayne County. Also connected to the Stoney Creek North Greenway, you can choose to walk, run or bike through this multi-use park. 

BARRE HAUS & FRESH BARRE

A proprietary blend of barre, pilates, bands, weights, and yoga to tone and strengthen your body for fast, noticeable results, Barre Haus is the place to go. Catch a class and then come down from those work out endorphins with a smoothie from the the Fresh Barre. Utilizing only the freshest and clean ingredients, you’ll fuel your body after an intensive class. 

OLD WAYNESBOROUGH PARK

Located on the site of the former town of Waynesborough, the original seat of Wayne County from 1787 until 1847. The park consists of a village featuring nine historic buildings brought from across the county. These buildings, including a school, lawyer’s office, and Quaker meeting house, date from the 1860’s to the 1920’s. In addition to the village the park has over 150 acres along the Neuse and Little Rivers with over four miles of walking trails through open spaces, forest, and cypress swamp.

LANE TREE GOLF COURSE

Set on a pastoral 289 acres, this 18-hole championship course offers “Championship Bermuda” Greens and Bermuda fairways, as well as a double-decker driving range. Designed by architect John LaFoy, Lane Tree Golf Club and Conference Center was recently awarded a 3.5 Star Rating by Golf Digest for best course to play. They offer golf club/equipment rentals, club repair, private golf lessons, and a full service restaurant.

HEROES SPORTS OYSTER BAR & GRILLE

This sports bar has it all – from great food to live music, you’ll find some way to be entertained at Heroe Sports Oyster Bar & Grille. TV’s line the wall so you’ll never miss a game while you eat some of their famous wings, or play in their game room. An outdoor dining area is perfect for those cool summer nights. 

BICYCLE WORLD

Bicycle World is your one-stop shop for all your activewear needs. This family-owned business has years of experience serving the outdoor market, they have a wide selection to choose from, a full-service repair and upgrades shop and the expertise to help you with any outdoor activity you plan on taking on!

GREATER GOLDSBORO ROAD RUN

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PLAN YOUR WEEKEND

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