Community Events

 Please go the the following links for more information concerning events and activities in the Kinston/Lenoir County area.  (The links will open in a new window).

Neuse Public Library                     
Lenoir County Council on Aging
Grainger Stadium/Downeast Wood Ducks
Kinston Chamber of Commerce
RADD Inc. 
Neuseway Park
Eastpointe CFAC Meetings

City of Kinston



Trip Advisor---Top 15 things to do for fun in Kinston North Carolina

Lenoir Memorial Hospital Health &                                          

Science Museum

This 5000-square-foot museum features hands-on health and science exhibits and programs. Exhibits include a "giant" Operation game, a miniature replica of Lenoir Memorial Hospital that children can crawl into, an underground tunnel that portrays itself as a human blood vessel, and a replica of the mouth, stomach, and intestines where you can crawl and explore. Exhibits may change periodically.

Hours of Operation:
Open All Year
(excluding some holidays)


Neuseway Planetarium



Our 52-seat planetarium is a large, round room with a 24-foot giant dome where the sky (sun, moon, stars, planets, etc.) is projected.

Please contact us at (252) 939-3302 to schedule school groups, day camps, etc.

The planetarium also serves as a video screen for content including NASA videos. Various planetarium shows are held daily and are subject to change periodically.

Big Daddy's Express




This miniature replica of a coal mining train will take children and adults on a fun ride for a small fee. Groups must call in advance


Click here for our operating hours: Big Daddy Express Hours.  

A Real Caboose

Call (252) 939-3367 or (252) 939-3302 for more information.


Exchange Nature Center


Get your hands wet investigating our salt-water touch tank filled with a variety of different coastal creatures. Explore numerous exhibits of plants and animals indigenous to North Carolina, including live venomous and non-venomous snakes, flying squirrels, talking birds, bears, bobcats and more. (Souvenirs are available for purchase.)

Venture into the cave in the lower level where you will find live turtles, mineral exhibits, nocturnal animal displays and aquariums depicting life along the full course of the Neuse River.

Activities at the Exchange Nature Center


Salt-water Touch Tank
Our salt water touch tank provides an opportunity to see and touch a variety of coastal creatures.

Wildlife Exhibits
Mount exhibits include bears, deer, turkeys, beavers, snakes and more. You can also see live snakes, venomous and non-venomous, turtles, flying squirrels, birds and more.  

The Cave
The "Underground Cave" is where you will see a skunk, turtles, iguanas, bearded dragons, frogs, mineral exhibits, crayfish, and aquariums filled with fish from the local Neuse River. Don't forget to visit the World's Most Dangerous Creature!

Nature Trails
There are many self-guided trails located adjacent to the Neuse River near the campground.
16' Mohawk canoes, oars and life jackets are available for use. For more information call (252) 939-3367.

Community Fishing Ponds and Piers
The pond is well-stocked with channel catfish through a program developed by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission to encourage public access fishing in North Carolina. Our Loaner Rod and Reel Program allows you to borrow rods, reels and tackle while fishing at our ponds. (All equipment must be turned back in after use.)

Free Admission




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