Raleigh is a gorgeous place to visit, especially in the late Spring. But since it isn’t a large city or a top vacation destination, it’s not the first place people think to go on their travels. This means that if you have upcoming travel to Raleigh planned, you might need a little help finding the best places to go around Raleigh. Read on for some inspiration.
North Carolina Museum of Art
If you’re looking for a solid dose of culture, the North Carolina Museum of Art is the perfect place to go. In fact, there’s so much to see and do there that you could go for multiple visits and not get bored. As you expect from art museums, there are indoor galleries with modern and contemporary art (admission is free!). But, there’s a large park element to the museum, too. The property has multiple trails through the woods and meadow and around a sunflower field and a pond. The trails are dotted with sculptures so you can enjoy art outside! Admission to the park is also free. Should you choose to pay admission, you’ll get access to special exhibits (currently, Egyptian mummies!), classes, and family activities.
Wilmington, North Carolina
For a day trip to a super cute town, drive 2 hours south to the coast. There you’ll find Wilmington, a charming harbor town located where the Cape Fear River spills out into the Atlantic. A day here is well-spent walking around the historic downtown and the scenic river walk taking in the shops, cafes, and galleries there. Some other fun activities in town including visiting:
· Battleship North Carolina – a WWII battleship and museum
· Airlie Gardens – a 67-acre public botanical garden
· Bellamy Mansion Museum – tours of a historic mansion and garden
William B. Umstead State Park
Getting immersed in nature once in a while is healing and calming for everyone. If you want to go somewhere where you can get a good dose of nature, head to William B. Umstead State Park. This giant state park covers over 5,000 acres! Inside, you’ll find lots of trails for walking, hiking, horseback riding, and biking. It’s also easy to get out on the water here, as the park contains several lakes. At Big Lake, you can rent canoes and rowboats, and all the lakes allow fishing. If you want to deeply immerse yourself in nature, the park has a campground on-site, too.
Frankie’s of Raleigh
If you’ll be in Raleigh with young kids, Frankie’s Fun Park of Raleigh is the perfect destination for family fun. This amusement center has tons to do! For example, mini-golf is always a good choice for the family, and they have three courses for a total of 54 unique holes. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can jump in a go-kart, a bumper boat, a flight simulator, or even a theme park ride! For the athletically minded, there are batting cages and basketball hoops. And inside, there are also arcade games, photo booths, a restaurant, and so much more.
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