New Developments in Raleigh, N.C.

Here are the major new visitor developments that are contributing to the Raleigh area's stature as a modern establishment—the thriving state capital of North Carolina.

Transfer Co. Food Hall (Some vendors opened in early 2019, more throughout the year)

A food hall and market housed in a 43,000-square-foot renovated warehouse in Raleigh's Olde East neighborhood, Transfer Co. Food Hall's first vendors opened to the public in Jan. and Feb. 2019. The project, led by Transfer Development LLC, is food-focused with a mix of retail goods as well. More vendors, meeting space, a co-working area and grocery market are still to come. Learn more

Drive Shack (Opening Aug. 23, 2019)

Drive Shack, an interactive golf entertainment and restaurant complex that mixes traditional golf swings with augmented reality, is preparing to open in Raleigh in summer or fall of 2019 near PNC Arena. It will be the second location for the company (the first location in Orlando opened in 2018). The three-story, 65,000-square-foot complex will feature 96 bays—suites that can hold six people for golfing and gaming fun. Features include a driving range that stretches 260 yards, three separate bars, a restaurant, cornhole area, space for regular live music and stand-up comedy shows and more. Learn more

Downtown Cary Park (Construction to begin fall 2020, estimated opening of 2022)

First proposed in 2001, the Town of Cary City Council approved the master plan for Downtown Cary Park in March 2019. The plans to create an iconic, seven-acre public gathering space include a call for two food and beverage facilities, four interactive water features, a great lawn and an outdoor entertainment pavilion. Design of the Downtown Cary Park will get underway this spring and be completed in 2020. Construction of the park is expected to begin in fall 2020 with completion in 2022. Learn more

Dorothea Dix Park (Master plan implementation could begin in early 2020)

In July 2015, the City of Raleigh acquired 308 acres of the Dorothea Dix Campus from the State of North Carolina. The purpose of the City’s acquisition of the property is to plan and develop a new destination park—Dorothea Dix Park. A master plan for the park—the city's largest green space—was unanimously approved by Raleigh City Council in Feb. 2019. The master plan proposes the park be transformed through six distinct landscapes, with ideas on how each landscape could be used by visitors (open space, playgrounds, plazas, gardens, performance spaces, public art etc.). Implementation of Phase 1 of the plan, which could begin in early 2020, calls for physical improvements to the park, including restoration of the creek, cemetery enhancements, rehabilitated buildings, a new main entry to the park, a new multi-use path and interim parking. Phase 1 of the plan may take 10-20 years to implement. Learn more