Our favourite ways to spend summer in Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, North Carolina. A growing, quiet region with a steady presence in research, athletics and the famous Barbecue. There’s something for everyone in Raleigh, and if this charming area is where you’ll spend the summer- here are some of our favourite things to do in the area.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Visitors who seek an interactive and educational experience here in the research triangle can add this museum to their itineraries. Aside from the wealth of leading research universities in the region, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences also maintains a steady presence as the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast. Here at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, it is a unique and broad collection of living exhibits and involvement that will capture visitors. Visitors can see meteorites up close, observe scientists at work as they study DNA and the stars, see tanks showcasing North Carolina’s reefs and look at microscopic life. There is also the Living Collection, where visitors meet some of the more intriguing residents of the museum, including Snapping Turtles, South American Rainforest Frogs, Seahorses, Glofish and Praying Mantises. Aside from these, there is also the diversity of flora maintained by the museum, events and seminars and a 3-D theatre. 

Yates Mill

Enter a snapshot of what life was like in Earlier North Carolina, a gristmill powered by a water wheel still in operation today. The mill and its small presence in the early works in harmony to preserve and respect its surroundings, a nature reserve. The Mill’s history of survival of attempted arson in the tensions of the Civil War and recent hurricanes is documented for all visitors to the mill. Nature treks and animal watching opportunities are also plentiful in the area. 

SunFest at Dorothea Dix Park

A gorgeous community event occurs around the bloom of the Sunflower Fields at Dorothea Dix Park, every summer. Families, couples and groups of friends all come out to Dix Park to admire the flowers and enjoy a day of festivities with the city. Live Music comes to play, and arts and crafts are on sale and available to participate in. An army of food vendors and food trucks also come to attend the festival, and visitors have a choice of diverse global cuisine like Curry and Tacos, local North Carolina staples such as Barbecue and festive treats such as Ice Cream. Enjoy the Bluegrass, country, food and company at the Sunflower Fields of Dorothea Dix Park.

GalaxyCon Raleigh

Fans of pop culture will be delighted in late summer, as enthusiasts from all interests converge at GalaxyCon Raleigh. Here, the crowds celebrate everything anime, cosplay, gaming, television, comics and cinema- with costume contests, exclusive vendors, interest clubs and celebrity panels. Fans of pop culture young and old will appreciate the diversity and depth of interests- snap a selfie with a ( friendly ) T-800 Terminator, search for rare Funkos and Comic Books, hunt for an autograph, or ask an actor that question you always had.  

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