Can anyone else believe that it’s May already?! The start of 2019 has flown by, and to mark the fact that we’re officially heading into the summer season, here is a handy list of the very best things to do in Goldsboro-Wayne County when it comes to planning your outdoor, summery, sun-soaked activities! Whether you like to exercise in the great outdoors, al-fresco dining, or simply relax in the sun, Goldsboro-Wayne County has got it all. Happy summer-schedule planning!

  1. Hike The Cliffs of the Neuse State Park

Pack that sun-cream and your hiking boots for a day outside at one with nature! The site of 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. For when you need to cool-off, take a dip in the 11-acre swimming lake, complete with a bathhouse, grass covered lawn, sandy beach, diving platform and rental boats. That’s about as idyllic as summer gets we think! Check out https://www.ncparks.gov/cliffs-of-the-neuse-state-park for all your planning needs.

 

  1. Paddle the Neuse River

Now that you’ve hiked the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, it’s time to see things from a different perspective! On June 1st, the annual event Cruise the Neuse takes place. With plenty of kayaks and canoes for guests to use, delicious hot dog lunch, free swag, and transportation to the launch site, this is the ultimate hassle-free way to experience the tranquility of the Neuse Paddle Trails. For wildlife and geography lovers, the main artery of water, The Neuse River, is estimated to the over two million years old, cutting a 90-ft gorge through limestone and sandstone bluffs, and has an abundance of wildlife in and along its banks. Check out Goldsboro Parks and Recreation events page for more details on the event, or plan your own paddle adventure using the Paddle Trail of Wayne County map here: http://www.visitgoldsboronc.com/wp-content/uploads/Paddletrails_2017.pdf

 

  1. Get a round of golf in

Goldsboro is home to a range of top golf courses, so it would be criminal not to put them to good use this summer! Top of our list is The Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course, a par 72 layout that golfers of all levels find enjoyable and challenging. The course offers champion Bermuda greens, 419 Bermuda fairways, plenty of deep and challenging bunkers, and unrivaled combination of long and short par 4 holes and a large driving range. Goldsboro is also home to the Lane Tree Golf Club. With yardages from 5,200 to 7,000 yards, their tees can accommodate beginners and professionals alike. Naturally located on a hilly terrain with a wide, unmatched topographical range, the highest vantage points lead to a dynamic view of the entire course. And, their grass practice range is unlike any other in the area and the large practice putting green is conveniently located adjacent to the Pro Shop. Plan your visit here: http://www.lanetree.com

 

  1. Catch some live music

May marks the start of the legendary Center Street Jam Summer Concert Series in Downtown Goldsboro. Every other Thursday May 2 – August 22 from 6-9pm, Center Street come alive with music and fun. This year features an incredible line up all through the summer, so whatever music you’re into, pack your deck-chair and your dancing shoes, and head on down to Center Street for an evening of unrivaled fun. Always family friendly. Always guaranteed to be a blast. It’s the summer event we’ve been waiting for all year! Check out the full line up at www.downtowngoldsboro.com

 

  1. Have a cold beer al-fresco

A long, cold beer is exactly what’s required at the end of a hot summers day, and Brew Masters at 2402 East Ash Street is the perfect place to indulge. With a large, shaded patio space, and delicious food to accompany your beer, it’s a great summer hang out. How about joining for Saturday morning yoga at 9.45am, often set outside on the patio, followed by brunch served right after, to set your weekend off to the best start?! Maybe even check out their menu in advance here! – http://www.brewmastersnc.com/welcome-to-goldsboro

 

  1. Ghost Tours

This tour isn’t exactly in the sun, but it is a thrilling way to learn about Goldsboro’s past, while walking around some famed spots known locally for their rich wartime heritage – and of course, their history of war, death and spirits. Led by Candlelight Tour Company, see historic downtown Goldsboro in a different light, as you follow a real-life paranormal investigator dressed in period costume, to learn the history of Goldsborough, as well as be entertained by the haunted history that awaits. Visit www.visitgoldsboronc.com/tours to register.

 

  1. Busco Beach

“Goldsboro doesn’t have a beach”, we hear you say! Well, not any old beach, but we do have a beach of a different nature. Enter Busco Beach, an “ATV Rider’s Paradise” with more than 1800 acres of riding trails, drag races, motorcross tracks, youth tracks, mudpits, mudholes, mudraces, and ATV ponds. For those who prefer water, there’s a lake and several ponds – perfect for swimming, jetskiing, boating, or fishing. Busco Beach has plenty of water front space for primitive camping and full RV hook-up. So come and enjoy the beach this summer like you’ve never done before! Check out their website and Facebook page for a full event listing: http://www.buscobeach.com.

 

  1. Fine dining outside

There’s nothing that says “summer has arrived” quite like having a leisurely meal outside, and Goldsboro has the perfect spot for it. Barrique, 217 N. John St. in Historic Downtown Goldsboro, has the perfect menu for relaxed, upscale dining, whether it’s a straight up steak you’re after, or something a little more fancy. Especially for the summer, they have a covered patio where you can enjoy a crisp glass of wine – and even better, it’s pet-friendly, so bring your fur baby too! When the sun goes down, head inside to their bar, and try one of their insanely good whiskey cocktails – or maybe two!