24 more fun things to do in Greater Raleigh
Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 10am by visitRaleigh
There was so much interest in our post about “24 Fun Things to Do in Greater Raleigh” that we’ve taken your suggestions and created “24 More Fun Things to Do in Greater Raleigh” in celebration of the 24-hour grand opening of the Nature Research Center on April 20-21. We know there is a lot more to do in our area, so continue to give us your suggestions on Facebook and Twitter.
- Get dancing – Take in a performance by the world-renowned Carolina Ballet. Not to miss--their “magical” version of The Nutcracker.
- Say hello to history – Mordecai Historic Park has the birthplace of Andrew Johnson and gives visitors a chance to discover what life was like in the early days of Raleigh.
- Buy local –It’s that time of year again! Fresh produce rules at one of the area’s many weekly markets. Try the State Farmers Market, the largest in the state and open daily.
- Take an iconic picture – Have your picture taken in front of the giant copper acorn in Moore Square. This 1,250-pound sculpture is dropped on New Year’s Eve during First Night celebrations.
- Find a food truck – This culinary trend is popping up in unexpected places. Follow local favorites like Klausie’s Pizza on Twitter to find out where to grab the perfect slice.
- Take a hike – Falls Lake is the perfect place to get out and enjoy nature on any of the hiking and biking trails.
- Get your swing on – The area is home to golf courses like Lonnie Poole, designed by Arnold Palmer, and with seasonal temperatures, it’s the perfect time to hit the links.
- Eat pie – Grab a slice, of pie that is, at Piebird in Historic Oakwood. This quaint restaurant serves homemade dessert pies and hand pies.
- Discover glorious gardens – The Raleigh area has some of the most beautiful gardens in the state including the J.C. Raulston Arboretum with more than 5,000 plants on display.
- Tour a historic neighborhood – The Historic Oakwood neighborhood of downtown Raleigh is a 30-block area of lovingly restored Victorian and early 20th century homes. Take a self-guided walking tour.
- Peruse the aisles – The Cotton Company in Wake Forest is an old cotton warehouse that is now home to hundreds of vendors selling unique and handmade arts, crafts, clothing and more.
- Run fast – Lace up your running shoes for one of the area’s road races. Runner favorites include the Raleigh Rocks Half Marathon or the City of Oaks Marathon.
- Have a Scotty sighting – Last year’s American Idol winner still calls Garner home and can be seen out and about.
- Scream G-O-A-L – The WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary is home to the NASL Carolina Railhawks professional soccer team, but it also hosts numerous collegiate and amateur soccer championships and tournaments.
- Batter up – Take in a game at Zebulon’s Five County Stadium as the Single-A Carolina Mudcats take to the mound against teams like the Wilmington Blue Hens and Lynchburg Hillcats.
- Learn line-dancing lingo – Venues like The Longbranch of Raleigh provide the perfect place to learn the boot-scootin’ boogie or to see some of the next big bands in country music.
- Have cupcakes – Shhh… we won’t tell that you have a cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe before dinner.
- Find the perfect accessory – Moon and Lola, an Apex-based designer, is currently in the process of opening a store in downtown Raleigh, and is known for jewelry with feminine charms, as well as bold accent pieces.
- Check the visitRaleigh.com calendar – The Raleigh area is known for unique festivals and events no matter what time of year you’re here.
- Experience Summerfest – Summerfest, held at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre, is a favorite for visitors and locals and provides incredible music from the N.C. Symphony in a stunning outdoor environment.
- Dine and Shop – Restaurants and specialty stores like NoFo at the Pig and Zest Café & Home Art come together under one roof to provide the perfect marriage of dining and shopping.
- Have a wine tasting – Yes, you heard correctly, the Raleigh area is home to three wineries. Take a tour and stay for a tasting to discover why everyone’s talking about North Carolina wines.
- Glide on water – Triangle Glides is the only Raleigh area company to offer Stand Up Paddleboarding lessons on Lake Wheeler and Lake Johnson.
- Be a part of “Raleigh’s New World” – Take advantage of deals and savings surrounding the opening of the Nature Research Center.