Raleigh

Image of Raleigh Skyline, 2017

Raleigh Skyline, 2017 (from visitraleigh.com)

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, the 146 square foot capital city of North Carolina was founded in 1792.
“The city’s founding fathers called Raleigh the “City of Oaks” and dedicated themselves
to maintaining the area’s wooded tracts and grassy parks.” A fast-paced city with a touch of
Southern style, Raleigh is a hub of art, food, music, nightlife, and culture.
We can’t wait for you to arrive!
Population 474,069

 


THINGS TO DO IN RALEIGH

  • North Carolina State Capitol
    “The North Carolina State Capitol has been the active capitol building of the state since it opened in June of 1840. At one point, the building housed the office of the Governor, the Supreme Court and the chambers of the General Assembly, as well as various other state offices. Visit the Capitol today to learn more about state government, citizenship, and the history of North Carolina and our capital city!”
  • Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts
    Home to the Carolina Ballet, Carolina Theatre, NC Opera, NC Symphony Orchestra, and Pine Cone traditional music organization. Easily accessible in the heart of downtown Raleigh!
  • State Farmers Market
    A covered open-air “Farmers Building” with 30,000 square feet “for North Carolina farmers to sell fresh produce, plants, and other specialty items produced on local farms.” The Market Shoppes is a 15,600 square foot enclosed climate controlled building boasting “fresh produce from around the country here as well as meats, cheeses, crafts, bakery items, custom picture framing, a market grill, and N.C. wines.  There is a wide variety of specialty shops with old-fashioned candies, N.C. gifts, soaps, and lotions.” Be sure to check out the three amazing restaurants located here as well–  Nancy Jo’s Deli, N.C. Seafood Restaurant, and the State Farmers Market Restaurant!
  • Red Hat Amphitheater
    “Red Hat Amphitheater, situated in the heart of Downtown Raleigh, offers an immersive entertainment experience with stunning views of the Raleigh skyline.” A fun place for smaller concerts and other entertainment events in the downtown Raleigh area.
  • N.C. State Fair
    “At the N.C. State Fair, our mission is to showcase and promote the state’s agriculture, agribusiness, arts, crafts and culture through the annual agricultural fair […] The North Carolina State Fair is the largest 11-day event in North Carolina, attracting more than 800,000 attendees. The Fair hosts many diverse musical acts, numerous food vendors, games booths and carnival rides, commercial and agricultural exhibitors. The Fair is managed and produced by the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services and is consistently ranked among the top 25 fairs in North America.”
  • PNC Arena
    Home to the National Hockey League’s 2006 Stanley Cup Winners, the Carolina Hurricanes AND the NC State Wolfpack Men’s Basketball team! PNC Arena seats up to 20,000 people and is also host to many other major music tours and other entertainment events.

 


 

MUST-SEE MUSEUMS, IN THEIR OWN WORDS

  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
    “The NC Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest institution of its kind in the South East, and one of the nation’s most amazing museums about the natural world.”
  • North Carolina Museum of Art
    “The North Carolina Museum of Art collects, stewards, and exhibits the people’s collection and creates remarkable programs and experiences across its campus and the state that explore and inspire the creative potential in all of us.”
  • North Carolina Museum of History
    “At the North Carolina Museum of History, we are committed to creating a place where you can explore, learn, and enjoy programs, events, and exhibitions that celebrate North Carolina’s past, present, and future.”
  • Marbles Kids Museum
    “Why Marbles? A wall that wraps around the museum is filled with more than one million marbles that light up at night. And Marbles is a nickname for brains. At Marbles Kids Museum, kids are encouraged to use their marbles– learning new things through imagination, discovery and play.” Also features the only large-screen 3D IMAX theatre in the area!
  • City of Raleigh Museum
    “As part of its mission to “Preserve Raleigh’s Past for the Future,” the museum collects and cares for artifacts, curates exhibits, and provides educational programming that all highlight and interpret Raleigh’s history and heritage.”
  • CAM Raleigh
    “CAM Raleigh is the non-collecting contemporary art museum that provides an environment for transformation through educational programs, cultural experiences, and bold, non-traditional exhibitions by living artists.”

 


 

PARKS & PLACES TO PLAY

  • Pullen Park
    “The first public park in North Carolina, the 5th oldest operating amusement park in the U.S. and 16th oldest in the world.” Enjoy the many features of this gorgeous 66 acre park including a large playground area, a beautiful historic carousel from 1900, pedal boats in the large pond, cafe and picnic pavilions, paved walking paths, and– a favorite for many kids– a small train that rides around the park!
  • William B. Umstead Park
    This  5,599 acre park is ideal for camping, hiking, and bike and horseback riding. Rent a canoe on the lake, go fishing, or enjoy a fireplace at the picnic pavilions. Be sure to find the Chainsaw Art– a 25 foot long fallen log that has been carved into a beautiful one of a kind masterpiece!
  • J.C. Raulston Arboretum
    Started as a “living laboratory” for NC State students, this 10 acre botanical garden and arboretum features 18 different gardens that showcase a huge variety of native and non native plant species. Favorites include the Butterfly Garden, Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden.
  • Sassafras All Children’s Playground at Laurel Hills Park
    One of the best playgrounds in the area! Spacious playgrounds with a wide variety of handicapped-friendly play equipment and picnic areas, ground level entrances, plus fun features like a zip line, and an adjustable basketball hoop, plus many more fun surprises for your little ones.

 


 

DINING: MUST-TRY LOCAL FAVORITES

  • Beasley’s Chicken & Honey
    A downtown classic! Delicious modern takes on southern favorites like chicken & waffles, pimento mac & cheese, chicken biscuits, collard greens and much more. 
  • Morgan Street Food Hall
    “Morgan Street Food Hall is a new lifestyle dining concept; not to be confused with a food court. It features local eateries and restaurants as well as local food retailers.” Hands down the BEST place to go when you can’t decide what to eat… Current vendors include Cousins Maine Lobster, Iyla’s Southern Kitchen, Boba Brew and Curry in a Hurry!
  • Flame Kabob
    This authentic Persian-Iranian restaurant specializes in kebabs, but also has amazing Mediterranean cuisine, including Halal and many vegetarian options. You’re sure to come back over and over again!
  • Poole’s Diner
    Originally opened as a pie shop in the late 1940’s, and quickly changed to a diner, this Raleigh staple is now run by the renowned 2 time James Beard award winning Ashley Christensen. Their ever-changing menu features food from “local growers and artisan producers”.
  • Second Empire
    This upscale dining spot is nestled in a classic historic home in downtown Raleigh. The ambiance and bar alone make this well worth a visit, and the seasonal menu is sure to delight! An excellent choice for special occasions or a date night.
  • Angus Barn
    A true Raleigh staple! The self-proclaimed “Beefeater’s Haven” is found in a stylized barn setting, replete with its classic steakhouse dining room, gun room lounge, the Wild Turkey lounge and bar, a country store, and a beautiful wine cellar (that you can tour!). Be sure to visit during the winter when they update with seasonal decor!
  • Fiction Kitchen
    “Thoughtfully prepared vegan and vegetarian cuisine from a 100% vegetarian kitchen.” This local favorite is always packed! Currently offering Shareables and Take and Heat Meal Kits in addition to their regular menu.

 


 

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP

  • Village District
    “For 70 years, this Village has always been a bright and energetic mainstay in the heart of Raleigh. It is a place where neighbors gather, a place with a unique sense of togetherness, discovery, and tradition that can never be replicated. More than a shopping center, it is a place that merchants and villagers all call home.” Village District, formerly Cameron Village, is a quaint, open-air shopping and living center located in a six city-block center near the Five Points area of Raleigh.
  • North Hills
    “… a giant open-air, walkable district offering more than 130 local shops, restaurants, bars, spas, a theater, an outdoor live music venue and more. This outdoor shopping area is located in Midtown Raleigh and includes nearly 100 stores such as Anthropologie, Target, JCPenney, REI, Ethan Allen, Fink’s Jewelers and more”

 


 

For more information on Raleigh and surrounding cities, check out  Visit Raleigh, the city’s official tourism pageMap of Raleigh and Surrounding Cities from VisitRaleigh.com