West of RDU International Airport and south of Research Triangle Park is Morrisville, a small but growing enclave known for its diversity, educated populace and cultural vibrancy. Each Sept., foodies and globetrotters alike will enjoy international dishes, dance and more at the East Meets West Festival. Throughout the year, visitors can experience a variety of sumptuous cuisines at Indian, Persian and Southern restaurants in Morrisville, including Hyderabad House and Neomonde Mediterranean.
Morrisville’s location just west of the airport offers a unique reason to swing out of Raleigh for a quick getaway. RDU Observation Park provides sweeping views of the airport runways and Air Traffic Control Tower and is an exciting activity to enjoy with the entire family. Families can explore the outdoors at Lake Crabtree County Park, complete with hiking, single-track mountain biking, playgrounds, seasonal boat rentals on the 520-acre lake and more.
For a nice escape with your significant other, take a class at the Orchid Trail Greenhouses, where the team grows and sells exquisite orchids. For hands-on adventure, Morrisville boasts one of the largest and tallest rock climbing gyms in the Southeast, Triangle Rock Club, offering indoor climbing and bouldering. The massive facility has a 55-foot climb, a lead-climbing cave and more. Adrenaline junkies also can't get enough of Rush Hour Karting, North Carolina’s first two-story indoor karting track with high-speed electric karts capable of reaching 40 mph. Rush Hour's Morrisville location also features golf simulators, axe throwing lanes, the latest in virtual reality areas and an upscale restaurant and bar.
Visitors of all ages can stroll through a variety of shops at Park West Village for a pleasant day of shopping and entertainment, then treat yourself at a casual or upscale restaurant. End the night with a movie and popcorn at Park West 14 Cinemas. Offering top-flight dining, retail, entertainment and outdoor activities, Morrisville offers an outstanding quality of life for both visitors and residents alike.
Triangle Rock Club
Joel Graybeal knows a thing or two about heights, starting his career as a rocket scientist working for the Pentagon. With two area facilities—one including a towering, 55-foot climbing wall—Joel's TRC is a top spot for visitors looking to reach their full potential.