Moore Square

Moore Square is a time-honored, historic district located in downtown Raleigh, comprised of a one-block radius on all sides of the park/square and of historic City Market. Recently renovated into a 21st-century space, the surrounding district buzzes with life (and nightlife). It is a charming mix of old and new, with cobblestone streets juxtaposed against modern upgrades like the new GoRaleigh Transit Station, a multimillion-dollar renovation that serves more than 15,000 commuters each day.

A visit to Raleigh is not complete without dining in a restaurant from chef Ashley Christensen, named Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation in 2019. In the Moore Square district, go to Beasley's Chicken + Honey for extraordinary fried chicken, Southern sides and craft cocktails.

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For a metropolitan cocktail bar experience, check out one of Niall Hanley’s ventures—the dark, sophisticated underground space at Watts & Ward, located below neighborhood favorite Caffe Luna. Don’t miss Royale, serving simple and savory French bistro selections.

Making this district a popular family destination is Marbles Kids Museum, attracting more than 600,000 visitors each year and delivering purposeful play to children and their families. Marbles is also home to one of the world's most immersive movie experiences: the Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles boasts N.C.’s only 3D-capable giant screen.

The Moore Square district also has a variety of art galleries, anchored by Raleigh’s Artspace—a 30,000-square-foot, historic building that has 25 dedicated artist studios. Visitors can meet and interact with working artists, take a class or purchase original artwork from individual studios or from the Artspace gift shop. 

Downtown Districts Five Distinct Hot Spots

Raleigh, N.C.

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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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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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One of the fastest-growing cities in the South, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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