You bring the family, and Raleigh brings the fun

The Raleigh area provides a heap of family-friendly things to do, places to go and activities to enjoy for the family looking for an exciting place to visit. From outdoor parks to kids’ museums, annual festivals to adventure courses, Raleigh’s unique brand of creativity and innovation makes for an extraordinary getaway that’s perfect for the entire family.
 

Easy access to a great time

All the family-friendly things to do in this guide are very affordable (in fact, many are free!), and four have been ranked as the most visited in North Carolina. And no matter what part of the area you happen to be visiting, there’s likely to be an attraction close by. There are activities around skating, biking, water, art, nature, history, science, climbing, trampolines, trains and the list goes on and on. 

Here's what's included!

Marbles Kids Museum
 

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
 

Packed with family fun

Whether it’s summer vacation, a school break or a long weekend, Raleigh is always ready to show visiting families a great time. Sometimes it’s with a spin on a historic carousel, a trip aboard a miniature train or a paddleboat ride. Other times it’s with model cars and skyscrapers built by hand, huge dinosaurs gawked at for hours and live animals seen up close. Or maybe it’s with time spent together bouncing for hours on trampolines or running through obstacle courses in the treetops.

With so many things available to do, see and enjoy, you may find it difficult to fit it all in with one trip. So, pack up the entire family, head on over and start exploring all that Raleigh has to offer.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences photo: Karen Swain
 

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Marbles Kids Museum

Sally Edwards

Marbles Kids Museum

“Play with purpose” is one of the smart ideas fueling Raleigh’s innovation pipeline, with community leaders like Sally Edwards exciting and engaging visitors with big ideas they can take home. In 2007, she led the merger of two downtown museums to create Marbles Kids Museum.

“Children learn through discovery. Play is what makes that happen.”