Kinston, NC

About Kinston

Kinston has a rich history, dating back to its establishment in 1762. It played a significant role in the Civil War and has since evolved into a vibrant community.  The city is known for its Southern charm, hospitality, and cultural heritage.

One notable attraction in Kinston is the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center, which showcases the remains of the CSS Neuse, one of the few surviving Confederate ironclads. The city also has a thriving arts scene, with the Kinston Community Council for the Arts hosting various exhibits and performances throughout the year.

In recent years, Kinston has gained attention for its culinary scene. Several renowned restaurants have opened in the area, drawing food enthusiasts from near and far. Additionally, the city is home to the Mother Earth Brewing Company, a popular craft brewery.

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Community Council for the Arts

The Community Council for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to helping Lenoir County residents experience the joy, promise and the pursuit of artistic excellence. The Arts Council's home, the Arts Center, is nestled in the heart of downtown Kinston at 400 North Queen Street.

Kinston Drag Strip

The Kinston Drag Strip (KDS) was originally built as a quarter-mile drag strip in 1960 by 4 gentlemen, Shade Aldridge, John White, Paul Nobles and Pos Jarman. The current track owner, Bobby Smith from Kinston, NC has owned it since 1977.

KDS MotorSports became Internation Hot Rod Association (IHRA) sanctioned in the mid 1980s. The very first divisional points meet was held here in 1991. KDS is home to some of the most legendary names in all of motorsports such as Richard Petty, Don Nicholson, Hubert Platt, Ronnie Sox and Scotty Cannon just to name a few. There have been several world records set here over the years as well.


Great waterpark here in Kinston. Click the photo below to find out more info and get your tickets!