Spring 2019 promises to be a fun-filled season for Raleigh, NC and if you’re looking to get some of that action with your family, especially around the metro area, then you won’t be disappointed. There’s so much to do that you might feel a little lost, so we’ve compiled a short list with only the very best activities for you in the area.
There are plenty of spots in Raleigh, NC that are fun, family-friendly, budget-friendly and not too far away from each other, so if you’re planning a little vacation or just happen to be visiting the city, this list will be a great starting point for you. And don’t be afraid to complement it with your findings!
The North Carolina Museum of History
Located in Downtown Raleigh, right on Capital District, the North Carolina Museum of History houses over 14,000 years of North Carolina history in one dynamic, immersive setting through its 150,000 preserved artifacts. Many of the exhibits hold multimedia presentations and interactive features, and some carefully replicate the environments they’re talking about.
The museum also offers scavenger hunts for the kids, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame, and a shop with unique gifts and souvenirs. It even has its own restaurant, Pharaoh’s!
If you and your family are any kinds of self-respecting foodies, then you definitely won’t want to miss the amazing Raleigh food scene, which has earned the town its reputation as one of the “Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South” by Southern Living.
If that alone wasn’t enough, the James Beard Foundation 2014’s “Best Chef of the Southeast” Ashley Christensen operates various restaurants in Raleigh, plus so many great barbecue places you’ll start planning a second trip before you even leave.
Catch a Hurricanes game
The NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes keep playing at the PNC Arena until April of every year, so you’re still on time to catch one of their games and have an adrenaline-pumping good time in between your daily activities in Raleigh. All the high-energy action on ice that you never knew you loved!
The Raleigh Flea Market
Located at the NC State Fairgrounds, this sprawling flea market has been a Raleigh tradition for almost five decades now and showcases over 600 vendors offering antiques, collectibles, crafts, jewelry, and too many other things to count. It’s one of the most fun activities in Raleigh, NC this weekend.
Thanks to its variety and family-friendly atmosphere, tens of thousands of shoppers make a point to visit every weekend, so don’t forget to make a stop and get that perfect piece of memorabilia to remember your trip by (though you might want to make sure your house is tidy before adding more stuff to it).
Pullen Park is the fifth oldest amusement park in the U.S., and one of the oldest in the world. Established in 1887, visiting this beautiful recreational park is a mix of family fun and historical experience all in one afternoon. You can visit the antique carousel built in 1911, pedal through Lake Howell, or visit the arts center and performing arts museum. Admission into the park is free, but be aware that the amusement rides carry a small fee.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
The NCMNS is not only the Southeast’s largest natural history museum, but it also offers plenty of opportunities and vast resources for some hands-on learning and research, making the whole museum-visiting experience way more dynamic and fun than usual. It features four floors of exhibits, live animals, a Nature Exploration Center, and a Nature Research Center, making it a world-class facility dedicated to the preservation of knowledge all around.
The Nature Exploration Center gives you a glimpse into prehistoric and coastal North Carolina, housing the world’s most complete Acrocanthosaurus skeleton on record, the Arthropod Zoo, and Living Conservatory. Then, in the Nature Research Center, you’ll encounter a 10,000-gallon aquarium and plenty of live collections of fish, butterflies, reptiles, and amphibians, along with a 70-foot-diameter globe with a three-story theater on the inside. And that’s only a part of all there is to see and experience!
There are plenty of things you don’t want to miss in beautiful Raleigh, NC. This list should give you an idea of some, but you have the final word, so start marking that map and writing that schedule, because few cities will offer you such an ample palette of experiences.