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40 Free Things to Do in Raleigh, N.C.

Raleigh is indeed the "Home of the Free," with an abundance of free attractions contributing to the lively and unexpected nature of the area. Below is just a sample of all of the "priceless" things you can see and do. Don't miss out on the free museums in Raleigh, which have led the city to be dubbed the "Smithsonian of the South." Parks, lakes and gardens offer tranquil settings to walk, run, stroll, bike and play throughout the area.

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African American Cultural Center

  • 2810 Cates Ave.
    Witherspoon Student Center
    N.C. State University
    Raleigh, NC 27695-7318
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Phone: 919.515.5210

American Tobacco Trail

  • 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
    Apex, NC 27502
  • Area: Apex
  • Phone: 919.387.2117

Artspace

  • 201 E. Davie St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.821.2787

Bass Lake Park

  • 900 Bass Lake Rd.
    Holly Springs, NC 27540
  • Area: Holly Springs
  • Phone: 919.557.2496

Buckhorn Disc Golf Course

  • 2112 County Park Dr.
    Harris Lake County Park
    New Hill, NC 27562
  • Area: Holly Springs
  • Phone: 919.387.4342

Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest

  • Reedy Creek Rd.
    Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Area: North Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.515.7576

Cary Heritage Museum

  • 119 Ambassador Loop
    Cary, NC 27513
  • Area: Cary
  • Phone: 919.460.4963

Century Station Post Office

  • 300 Fayetteville St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.334.3802

City Market

  • 306 Parham St.
    Ste. C
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.602.0854

City of Raleigh Museum (COR Museum)

  • 220 Fayetteville St., Ste. 100
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.996.2220

Garner Veterans Memorial

  • 921 Buffaloe Rd.
    Lake Benson Park
    Garner, NC 27529
  • Area: Garner

Haywood Hall House and Gardens

  • 211 New Bern Pl.
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.832.8357

Historic Oakwood

  • 411 N. Bloodworth St.
    Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.832.9712

Historic Yates Mill County Park

  • 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
    Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Area: South Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.856.6675

J.C. Raulston Arboretum at N.C. State University

  • 4415 Beryl Rd.
    Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Phone: 919.515.3132

Knightdale Environmental Education Park

  • 950 Steeple Square Ct.
    Knightdale, NC 27545
  • Area: Knightdale
  • Phone: 919.217.2230

Lake Johnson Park

  • 4601 Avent Ferry Rd.
    Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Phone: 919.233.2121

Lake Wheeler Park

  • 6404 Lake Wheeler Rd.
    Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Area: Fuquay-Varina
  • Phone: 919.662.5704

Laurel Hills Park/All Children's Playground

  • 3808 Edwards Mill Rd.
    Raleigh, NC 27612
  • Area: Midtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.420.2383

Legends of Harley Drag Racing Museum

  • 1126 S. Saunders St.
    Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Toll-Free: 003.9HA.RLEY
  • Phone: 919.832.2261

Mordecai Historic Park

  • 1 Mimosa St.
    Raleigh, NC 27604
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.996.4364

Museum Park at North Carolina Museum of Art

  • 2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
    Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Phone: 919.839.6262

North Carolina Executive Mansion

  • 200 N. Blount St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Toll-Free: 866.724.8687
  • Phone: 919.807.7950

North Carolina Museum of Art

  • 2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
    Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Phone: 919.839.NCMA

North Carolina Museum of History

  • 5 E. Edenton St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.807.7900

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

  • 11 W. Jones St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Toll-Free: 877.462.8724
  • Phone: 919.707.9800

North Carolina Railroad Museum & New Hope Valley Railway

  • 3900 Bonsal Rd.
    New Hill, NC 27562
  • Area: Apex
  • Phone: 919.362.5416

North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame

  • 5 E. Edenton St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.807.7900

North Carolina State Capitol

  • 1 E. Edenton St.
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.733.4994

North Carolina State University Solar House/N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center

  • 1201 Gorman St.
    N.C. State University
    Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Toll-Free: 800.336.2786
  • Phone: 919.515.7085

Prairie Ridge Ecostation

  • 1671 Gold Star Dr.
    Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Phone: 919.733.7450 x675

Pullen Park

  • 520 Ashe Ave.
    Raleigh, NC 27606
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Phone: 919.996.6468

Raleigh Flea Market

  • 1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
    Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Phone: 919.899.FLEA

Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden

  • 301 Pogue St.
    Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Phone: 919.821.4579

State Farmers Market, Raleigh

  • 1201 Agriculture St.
    Raleigh, NC 27603
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Phone: 919.733.7417

The Fuquay-Varina Museums Complex

  • 131 S. Fuquay Ave.
    Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
  • Area: Fuquay-Varina
  • Phone: 919.552.5562

Wake Forest Historical Museum

  • 414 N. Main St.
    Wake Forest, NC 27587
  • Area: Wake Forest
  • Phone: 919.556.2911

Warehouse District

  • Warehouse District
    Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh

William B. Umstead State Park

  • 8801 Glenwood Ave.
    Crabtree Creek Section
    Raleigh, NC 27617
  • Area: RDU/Brier Creek
  • Toll-Free: 877.722.6762
  • Phone: 919.571.4170

Zebulon Community Park

  • 401 S. Arendell Ave.
    Zebulon, NC 27597
  • Area: Zebulon
  • Phone: 919.269.8265
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