With a mix of down-home Southern charm and modern influences, Raleigh, N.C., is a hub for visiting families looking for both tried-and-true and new experiences. Check out this quick list of family-friendly activities to round-out your weekend (or week day) itinerary!
One of the few “always-free” natural science museums in the country, check out their new summer interactive exhibit: Can You Survive an American Adventure? Find your way through the adventure, completing more than two dozen challenges including a zip-line and a climbing wall. Admission for this exhibit is $5.
The Museum Park at North Carolina Museum of Art invites visitors to hike, run, ride their bike or walk their dog through scenic paths filled with modern art. A popular exhibit is Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky, a visual illusion that allows visitors to virtually walk among the clouds and the treetops using a technology that requires nothing but sunshine. The Museum Park is free and open daily, including holidays, from dawn to dusk
Headed by passionate mind Sally Edwards, Marbles Kids Museum boasts dozens of interactive exhibits, including the world’s first and only kid-driven smart power grid. And summer hours mean more time to play: Marbles is open during the summer on Mondays 9am-5pm.
Prep for your visit to Pullen Park by grabbing a picnic lunch on Hillsborough St., located across from North Carolina State University. Local favorites include Mitch’s Tavern (as seen in the 1989 classic Bull Durham) and The Player's Retreat (a Raleigh tradition since 1951). Start off your visit with a ride on the Pullen Park Carousel. Built in 1911, it's listed in the National Register of Historic Places. If you have older kids, you can't miss the pedal boat rides around the lake (pictured in the header above).
A 30-minute drive from Raleigh, Five County Stadium in Zebulon is home to the Carolina Mudcats, the minor league, single-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Check out games on Dollar Dog Nights ($1 hot dogs) and Thirsty Thursdays, where sodas are $1 and draft beer is only $2. Ticket prices range from $10-$15. See the game schedule here.
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