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Raleigh

4.5
Natural History Museums · Art Museums · Parks
City of Oaks
For those not from the South, Raleigh might be one of the region's better-kept travel secrets. North Carolina's capital city features almost two dozen free attractions, including state museums of art, history, and natural sciences and the state capitol building itself. The city of over 430,000 offers numerous parks and lakes ideal for biking, swimming, and boating. In the area around City Market you'll find charming lamp-lit cobblestone streets lined with boutiques, cafes, and other eateries. Raleigh also owns a reputation for high-quality beer thanks to the presence of a handful of microbreweries. And as the home of five universities and colleges, Raleigh maintains a youthful, energetic vibe that contributes to the city's overall high quality of life. Plan the details of your Raleigh holiday and any onward adventuring with our easy-to-use United States trip planner.
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Popular things to do in Raleigh

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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences ©
Natural History Museum
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
North Carolina Museum of Art ©
Art Museum
North Carolina Museum of Art
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Pullen Park ©
Park
Pullen Park
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Marbles Kids Museum ©
Science Museum
Marbles Kids Museum
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Raleigh

Sarah P. Duke Gardens ©
Garden
Sarah P. Duke Gardens Durham
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Museum of Life + Science ©
Science Museum
Museum of Life + Science Durham
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
North Carolina Zoo ©
Zoo
North Carolina Zoo Asheboro
4.4
Duration: 4 hours
Duke University Chapel ©
Religious Site
Duke University Chapel Durham
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Raleigh

Neuse River Trail ©
Hiking Trail
Neuse River Trail
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
Garden
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Historic Yates Mill County Park ©
Historic Site
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Zipline
Zipline
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min

Museums in Raleigh

North Carolina Museum of History ©
Specialty Museum
North Carolina Museum of History
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Artspace ©
Art Gallery
Artspace
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Gregg Museum of Art & Design ©
Art Museum
Gregg Museum of Art & Design
4.5
Duration: 1 hour
City of Raleigh Museum ©
History Museum
City of Raleigh Museum
3.5
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Raleigh

Lake Johnson Park ©
Park
Lake Johnson Park
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Raleigh Little Theatre Rose Garden ©
Garden
Raleigh Little Theatre Rose Garden
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
Blue Jay Point County Park ©
Park
Blue Jay Point County Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
WRAL Azalea Garden ©
Garden
WRAL Azalea Garden
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Raleigh

Frankie's Fun Park ©
Theme Park
Frankie's Fun Park
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
North Carolina State University ©
Educational Site
North Carolina State University
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

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