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40 Free and Fun Things To Do in Raleigh This Summer

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For Immediate Release Contact: Ryan Smith
February 2014 rsmith@visitraleigh.com
(919) 645-2676

Forty Fun & Free Reasons to Visit GREATER RALEIGH, NC, this Summer

Raleigh, NC - February 26, 2014 - Travelers can do more for less in Greater Raleigh, where forty-plus free activities and attractions highlight the many things to see and do without breaking the bank, in North Carolina's capital city. Visitors will also appreciate the destination's multitude of affordable hotels, range of eateries, year-round special events, and entertainment for all ages.

Greater Raleigh is home to the nation's largest museum park, the southeast's largest nature museum and more music venues than anywhere in the state of North Carolina. Professional and collegiate teams here represent almost every sport, there are enough high-quality cultural attractions to have earned Raleigh designation as the "Smithsonian of the South," and 10,000 acres of wide open green space beckon travelers to unplug and disconnect. The area's notable chefs are gaining national attention for their cutting edge cuisine, and the destination's brew pubs, organic chocolatiers and family wineries provide additional temptation or travelers seeking a well-rounded getaway.

Located centrally on the East Coast, Raleigh is halfway between Florida and New York City and is easily accessible by plane, train or automobile. In fact, more than half of the United States population lives within a day's drive or an hour's flight of Greater Raleigh.

Following are forty fun (and free!) reasons to make the trip (for the complete list plus descriptions and links for each attraction, go to www.visitraleigh.com/40freethings)

Art, History & Culture:
1. African American Cultural Center & Art Gallery
2. Artspace
3. Cary Art Loop
4. Century Station Post Office
5. Fuquay-Varina Historic Schoolhouse, Post Office & Museum
6. Gregg Museum of Art & Design
7. Haywood Hall House & Gardens
8. Legends of Harley Drag Racing Museum
9. NC Museum of Natural Sciences
10. NC Museum of Natural Sciences' Nature Research Center
11. North Carolina Museum of Art
12. NCMA Museum Park
13. North Carolina Executive Mansion
14. North Carolina Museum of History
15. North Carolina State Capitol
16. North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame
17. North Carolina Railroad Museum (fee for train rides)
Outdoor / Recreation:
18. All Children's Playground at Laurel Hills Park
19. American Tobacco Trail
20. Bass Lake Park & Environmental Education Center
21. Buckhorn Disc Golf Course
22. Capital Greenway
23. Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest
24. Historic Yates Mill County Park (fee for mill tours)
25. JC Raulston Arboretum
26. Knightdale Environmental Education Park
27. North Carolina Birding Trail
28. Nutzilla, the City of Oaks' enormous acorn
29. Prairie Ridge Ecostation
30. Pullen Park
31. Raleigh Little Theater Rose Garden
32. Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden

Historic Neighborhoods & Mixed-use Entertainment Districts
33. City Market and their free First Friday Concerts
34. Historic Oakwood Neighborhood
35. Warehouse District

Misc.:
36. First Fridays concerts and self-guided gallery tours
37. Midtown Beach Concert Series
38. North Carolina State Farmers Market
39. North Carolina State University Solar House
40. Oak City 7, Raleigh's Free Summer Concert Series

For more information on visiting Greater Raleigh, including hotels, restaurants, activities and attractions, please go to: www.visitraleigh.com

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