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Best Things to Do in Raleigh
Explore the City of Oaks – Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, is a hot bed for history, culture, thrilling college sports, and other big-city fun. Here are some of the best things to do in Raleigh:
Hit up a museum.
For a little Raleigh context, head to the North Carolina Museum of History, nestled in the heart of the Capital District in downtown.
Speaking of capitals, after you’ve discovered the origins of the Tar Heel State, check out the North Carolina State Capitol and see where the bigwigs spend their days. The capitol is a US Historic Landmark, and a must-see for history buffs.
Nearby, visiting artsy types will surely enjoy spending a few hours at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Opened in 1947, the NCMA features over 40 galleries, the on-site Museum Park, and some dazzling architecture to say the least.
As if that wasn’t enough, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences – which is just steps away from the museum of art – offers an plenty of hands-on attractions and exhibits, sure to please any member of the family.
If you fancy yourself a golfer, then make plans to hit the greens at Eagle Ridge Golf Club, located just south of the Raleigh metro area.
For a little more active adventure, check out he Neuse River Greenway Trail; a 28-mile asphalt trail running adjacent to the Neuse River from Falls Lake Dam to the Johnston County line, ideal for a quick walk, run, bike ride, or what have you.
Grab a drink & some grub.
Downtown Raleigh isn’t all museums and galleries – for some after-hours fun, check out the host of charming pubs, bars, restaurants, and cafes lining Moore Square and Fayetteville Street.
Downtown Raleigh After Sundown
In the Glenwood South District, Clockworks comes highly recommended for cocktails, while the Box Car Bar & Arcade is a must for those looking for a ‘hands-on’ good time.
Set just a short drive from downtown, William B. Umstead State Park offers an ultra-convenient respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Lace up your hiking boots and explore nearly 6,000 acres of Piedmont wilderness and parkland, or hit the water on Big Lake.
Join the Wolfpack.
College sports are known far and wide for their intense rivalries and passionate fans, and the NC State University Wolfpack is no different.
Football fans would be remiss not seeing the ‘Pack in action at Carter-Finley Stadium, while hoops fans can cheer on the red and white at PNC Arena as they take on ACC rivals. And during the spring, Raleigh cheers on the NC State baseball team at Doak Field.