Kinston is the proud home of the CSS Neuse II, which is the only full-sized replica of a Confederate gunboat in the world. Step on board to see what life was like for Civil War sailors as they worked to defeat Union forces. More Southern history waits at Foscue Plantation, an antebellum plantation house authentically decorated with a mix of purchased antiques and original furnishings. A darker tale rests at the First Battle of Kinston Civil War Battlefield Park, where Confederate soldiers lost nearly a thousand lives from an overwhelming Union assault. The original flags flown by both sides are displayed here.
For an international art celebration, take a tour through the Community Council for the Arts. This amazing center is 30,000 feet worth of visual art, and features hundreds of works including a working model train display. Get a fascinating look into the lives of mentally impaired patients at the Caswell Center Museum. This house was formerly the first residential facility in North Carolina for such patients, orchestrated by Dr. Ira Hardy. Pottery, paintings, handmade quilts, and more are displayed at the La Grange Arts Center. A combination exhibit area and art studio, it offers classes as well as craft shows.
Racing and Relaxing
Get ready for the roar of engines and the thrill of racing at Kinston Drag Strip. You will be riveted in your seat as you watch over 100 cars from all around the South battle each other to win races sanctioned and by the International Hot Rod Association. If you would rather be having water fun, Lions Water Adventure is the perfect spot. Float down a 550-foot lazy river or splash your way down a 32-foot slide. For scenic relaxation, Tull’s Mill Pond provides picnicking, bird watching, and beautiful shots for photographs. Canoeing, boating, fishing, and kayaking are available as well.