Goldsboro, NC has a vibrant downtown that is a welcoming mix of old and new, with both hometown traditions and worldly flair.
Its restored brick storefronts house independent restaurants, shops and boutiques.
Its food scene includes famous North Carolina barbecue and international specialties. And its mix of entertainment options and public art displays keep it fresh and exciting all year long.
Located just east of I-95, getting there is easy via U.S. Highway 70 or I-795.
Once there, an eclectic mix of sights, tastes and experiences welcomes visitors with interests ranging from locally brewed beer to international cuisine to thrilling ghost stories.
GOLDSBORO, NC VIBRANT DOWNTOWN
And it is all set amid a restored downtown which boasts an extraordinary collection of amazing works of public art. Each year a new series of creations is unveiled.
The walkable business district is now home to a variety of popular retailers and services.
AXE THROWING AND ESCAPE ROOM
Those with a competitive spirit can find their outlet here, too. Whether a little competition at Whoopaxe Axe Throwing Lodge or a team challenge in your choice of four rooms at Downtown Escapes, the encounters are sure to be loads of fun.
GOLDSBORO GHOST TOUR
Its historic architecture is the perfect environment for the Downtown Goldsboro Ghost Tour, which shares tales of the spirits that are said to inhabit these buildings.
Led by a costumed paranormal investigator, the tours are a popular downtown attraction. In daylight hours, there’s also a free monthly Downtown History Walking Tour, which begins at the Wayne County History Museum
A paranormal investigator also leads the Goldsborough Bridge Battlefield Ghost Tour, where 2,000 Confederate forces attempted to stop the Union’s 12,000 troops from destroying a vital railroad bridge. Both walking tours are about 1.5 miles in length, so wear comfortable shoes.
WHERE TO GRAB A BREW OR COCKTAIL
Quenching a thirst in Goldsboro is an easy task. There are brew pubs, tap rooms, wine bars and more, many with live entertainment, pet-friendly areas and family-friendly fun.
At Goldsboro Brew Works the taps are flowing with local craft beer and the atmosphere is fun and casual. The whole family is welcome to enjoy the arcade games and trivia night.
The brews don’t get any fresher than from the taps at GBW Filling Station, Goldsboro’s first microbrewery, where the brew room is visible from the bar.
Nearby, Well Travelled Beer is a unique downtown location, with its art-filled taproom and a bottle shop filled with more than 500 beers, wines, meads and seltzers.
Tobacco and Hops combines the best in craft beers with an ode to North Carolina’s agricultural history. This is a place to sit back, relax and enjoy a brew along with a selection from a full line of premium cigars.
For stronger spirits, patrons will find Church Spirits & Cocktails serves up the best in seasonal craft cocktails and prohibition-era favorites.
WHERE TO EAT IN GOLDSBORO
Dining in Goldsboro is an enormously satisfying adventure.
Visitors will also find an amazing number of food truck options in Goldsboro.
Skullies Street Q is known for smoked brisket and grilled cheese.
Pinky The Best Street Food find everything from Hawaiian chicken tacos to flavorful eggrolls.
WHERE TO STAY IN GOLDSBORO
Goldsboro and Wayne County have a full slate of nationally flagged hotels with a host of amenities and a hospitable Southern welcome.
For those who prefer to camp, Cliffs of the Neuse State Park offers RV and tent sites amid 1,000 acres of protected lands and recreational amenities.