Right Now in Raleigh

Ready for some big entertainment news? A major new attraction is ready to swing into action in the City of Oaks! Drive Shack—the interactive golf complex that caters to big groups looking for big fun—will open on Fri., Aug. 23, in Raleigh, N.C. The three-story complex...

It started with a food truck and has grown into one of the standout stars among downtown Raleigh's booming food scene. Sophia Woo and her business partner Sunny Lin launched a popular food truck...

Moore Square—a four-acre, downtown urban park that was originally conceived as one of four public green spaces for the city way back in 1792—has reopened to the public with a brand-new look, new...

The Raleigh, N.C., food scene just keeps getting better! From seafood to empanadas, cocktails to boba tea, here are nine new restaurants to check out for a tasty meal (or three!) on your next visit to...

Established in 1887 and designated as the first public park in N.C., Pullen Park in Raleigh is the fifth oldest amusement park in the U.S. and the 16th oldest in the world. Nestled between downtown...

The weather is heating up, and summer romance is straight ahead! Check out these 15 summer date ideas in the Raleigh area, from baseball game dates, to strolls through art museums, to coffee dates and more.

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Cheetie Kumar

Garland, KINGS and Neptunes Parlour

For Garland restaurant owner Cheetie Kumar, music, food and creating a good time go hand in hand. The rocker-turned-restaurateur has her hands full as head chef at Garland while still taking center stage as guitarist in her band, Birds of Avalon.

“You can hang out in Raleigh and walk around and hit a bunch of different spots that are very well-thought-out and beautifully executed.”

Meet More of Raleigh's Passionate Minds

Dining & Drinks

It's a great time to be a foodie in Raleigh, N.C.! Travel and Leisure named Raleigh one of America's favorite cities for barbecue, Zagat called the capital city one of the “Hottest Food Cities" of the year and Forbes even named Raleigh one of 12 global destinations to travel to (thanks to our

Dining & Drinks

Located north of Raleigh, N.C.'s bustling downtown is the quirky Five Points neighborhood, and though a bit unassuming at first, the area features a great array of its own unique coffee shops,...

Beer

Looking for a fun spot to spend a night on the town in Raleigh, N.C.? These bars, all with unique features and their own character, are some of the most popular, most loved-by-locals and sometimes...

Arts

A major new work of art made its debut at the North Carolina Museum of Art in 2018. First put on display for the public as part of "You Are Here"—a ticketed exhibit that attracted...

Dining & Drinks

Big news, foodies—Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, the critically-acclaimed restaurant known for precise techniques and extraordinary presentation, has been named one of the best 30...

Things to Do

Originally, visitors from near and far traveled to the quaint little town near Raleigh seeking the healing powers of the Fuquay Mineral Spring. Today, Fuquay-Varina, located just 15 minutes south of the capital city, remains a rewarding destination for those looking for...

Raleigh, N.C.

Raleigh is home to seven different areas, each with their own personalities and stand-out things to do. Plus, there are 11 charming towns in the Raleigh area to explore!

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Downtown Raleigh

Historic neighborhoods, museums, Southern diners and global eats, green spaces, performance venues, breweries and nightlife spots work together to create one incredible, cultural hotspot.

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East Raleigh

Steeped in history, East Raleigh continues to grow with historic neighborhoods, two distilleries, family-fun facilities and restaurants serving up delicious, down-home Southern food.

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Midtown Raleigh

Includes four, different shopping, entertainment and dining areas all within a short drive—North Hills, Crabtree Valley, Cameron Village and the Five Points neighborhood.

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North Raleigh

Home to hundreds of restaurants, large retail stores, entertainment complexes, parks and recreation areas. Family entertainment is easy to find as well as fun, outdoor things to do

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RDU/Brier Creek

Aptly named for its proximity to RDU International Airport, the area is home to hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail, restaurants, breweries and an array of family fun.

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South Raleigh

Located just south of downtown, this area is one of the city’s most rapidly growing. With multiple parks, eateries and entertainment options, it's a great place to spend a day or stay.

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West Raleigh

Boasts two-dozen live performance venues and visual art galleries, including the North Carolina Museum of Art! This hip, college-town drag also includes the N.C. State Fairgrounds and PNC Arena.

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Apex

Celebrating its turn-of-the-century railroad heritage, the charming town of Apex features more than 60 commercial and residential structures dating from 1870 to 1940.

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Cary

One of the fastest-growing cities in the South, the Town of Cary is home to renowned restaurants, world-class shopping, top-tier entertainment, culture and arts and a range of outdoor experiences.

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Fuquay-Varina

Originally, visitors traveled to the quaint town seeking the healing powers of its mineral spring. Today the town remains a rewarding place for day-trip adventures or weekend getaways.

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Garner

Venture just 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh and check out Garner, an All-America City with unique amenities and a genuine, hometown authenticity.

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Holly Springs

At its beginnings, travelers stopped by the area's springs to quench their thirst, and while that bit of history doesn’t continue today, visitors do stop to indulge in breweries and dining spots.

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Knightdale

Perfect for those seeking a welcoming, youthful culture, Knightdale boasts lots of parks and trails for the active-minded, a distillery plus a local-hangout, nano brewery.

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Morrisville/RTP

A growing enclave known for its diversity, educated populace and cultural vibrancy. Includes excellent global dining, plus the local-favorite, indoor climbing spot Triangle Rock Club.

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Rolesville

As the second-oldest town in the Raleigh area, Rolesville’s roots run deep. Established in 1837, the town has held fast to its engaging, Southern charm.

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Wake Forest

A beautiful small town with enough history, culture and activities to keep travelers entertained for days on end. Stroll through the charming, historic downtown district!

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Wendell

Along Main St. and throughout historic downtown Wendell—on the National Register of Historic Places—vintage shops, dining spots and buildings display the architecture of our American heritage.

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Zebulon

Just 25 minutes from downtown Raleigh, Zebulon is a vibrant, welcoming community with activities ranging from sporting events (Carolina Mudcats baseball!) to down-home Southern dining.

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