Tryon Palace is a bit of a drive from the Triangle - about two hours. But this overnight event looks like a lot of fun!
Families are invited to bring their camping gear to the historic site on Sept. 17 to Sept. 18 for a night under the stars at the first Lanterns on the Lawn: A Family Campout.
Campers can reserve 15-foot square campsites on the South Lawn and set up for the evening. Cost is $50 plus tax for a campsite, including up to four people. Additional campers can be added to a campsite for $20 plus tax per person with up to 8 total campers per site. Children 5 years old and under are free.
You set up your camp site from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17. On Saturday evening, activities include crafts, lawn games, a dinner buffet of hamburgers and hot dogs, s'mores, a campfire sing-a-long, and a 15-minute moonlit walk through the Wilderness Garden, according to a press release. There also will be some Pokemon Go play for those so inclined.
On Sunday, wake up to coffee, juice, doughnuts, and fruit, followed by a sunrise garden walk and family yoga session. You must remove all of your camping equipment and other belongings by 10 a.m., Sunday, which gives you plenty of time to hop over to nearby Atlantic Beach or Emerald Isle for a few hours at the beach.
For more information and to register (by Sept. 9), go to Tryon Palace's website. You must be properly registered to attend. The event benefits the nonprofit Tryon Palace Foundation.
Tryon Palace, North Carolina's first permanent state capitol, is in New Bern.