Fun Summer Things To Do In Raleigh, NC

Summer is finally here!  The kids are out of school, and backyard barbecues are taking place all over the nation.  After the year we had in 2020, and most people having chosen not to take a vacation, you can almost rest assured that families will be out in full force this year.

With this in mind, we thought we would offer a few great vacation ideas to help you plan, as well as some places that would be great for just a few days away.  We all need time to recharge and some well-deserved play in the sunshine.

Here are some of the best places to check out this summer!

William B Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

William B. Umstead State Park is a North Carolina covering 5,599 acres nestled between the expanding cities of Raleigh, Cary, and Durham, North Carolina. It offers hiking, bridle, bike trails, boat rentals, camping, picnic areas, and educational programs. Part of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile-long system of trails connecting Maine to Florida, runs through the park.  Hikers, trail runners, bicyclists, and equestrians cherish the extensive network of hiking and multi-use trails at William B. Umstead State Park. Trailheads on both sides of the park—accessible from Interstate 40 and US 70—surround three man-made lakes.

Marbles Kids Museum

201 East Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Marbles Kids Museum is a nonprofit children’s museum in the Moore Square Historic District. Marbles was founded in 2007 as a result of the merger between Exploris, an interactive global learning center, and Playspace, a children’s museum aimed at preschool through early elementary age children. Marbles’ mission is to “..spark imagination, discovery and learning through play.”  Play is how children learn best!  At Marbles, play is fun and educational, with innovative hands-on exhibits, award-winning programs, and larger-than-life movies. 

Neuse River Trail

Raleigh, NC

The Neuse River Trail is a 33-mile long paved greenway located in the Raleigh area of North Carolina, running along the banks of the Neuse River from Falls Lake Dam to the town of Clayton. The route passes through the jurisdictions of Raleigh, Wake Forest, Knightdale, and Clayton in Wake and Johnston counties. The Neuse River Greenway trail is part of the Capital Area Greenway system as well as the Mountains-to-Sea Trail that crosses North Carolina from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks. Open to both cyclists and pedestrians, the Neuse River Trail is the longest greenway trail in North Carolina and the longest paved trail between northern Virginia and western Georgia. The Neuse River Trail is a part of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile long system of trails connecting Maine to Florida.

Historic Yates Mill County Park

4620 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603

Yates Mill is a fully restored, circa 1756 gristmill that is the centerpiece of Historic Yates Mill County Park in central Wake County. The park features the restored mill, a visitor center with a museum focused on milling and on the natural history of the area, classrooms, an auditorium, and space for research conducted by North Carolina State University faculty and students; a 20-acre lake; and extensive hiking trails. The park is managed as a native wildlife refuge with a mission to study and interpret the park’s cultural, natural, and agricultural heritage.

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