North Raleigh, encompassing the expansive area north of Midtown Raleigh, is home to a growing number of large residential enclaves along with hundreds of restaurants, large retail stores, entertainment complexes, parks and recreation areas.
Family entertainment, especially for large groups, is easy to find, with options like JellyBeans Super Skate Center, Galaxy Fun Park, Adventure Landing, DefyGravity and Launching Pad Trampoline Park, to name a few. These options make North Raleigh the go-to destination for mini golf, go-kart racing, roller skating, bowling, trampoline fun and other activities that the whole family will enjoy. Families can also try their hand at Raleigh Room Escapes, a thrilling trend in entertainment that challenges participants to find their way out of escape rooms using team building and puzzles.
Enjoy outdoor adventures at one of the area’s parks and adventure courses. Shelley Lake Park offers 53 acres of woods and scenic greenway trails, and visitors are welcome to fish, canoe, kayak, sail or rent boats. Durant Nature Preserve is a 237-acre facility that offers five miles of trails, a playground, picnic areas and more. Adventure seekers can zip, swing and climb through trees at Go Ape Treetop Adventure & Treetop Junior.
When it’s time to feed the crew, head to Rise Biscuits & Donuts for a freshly-made donut or biscuit, or visit one of the dozens of popular North Raleigh restaurants, including Bella Italia Ristorante, Nantucket Grill, Chow, Margaux’s Restaurant, Winston’s Grille or Saint Jacques French Cuisine.