Places to Cool Down for the Summer Around Raleigh, NC

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Places to Cool Down for the Summer Around Raleigh, NC

Raleigh. At this corner of the research triangle, there’s more than meets the eye. The region quietly marches forward in academics, sport, medicine, the arts, and in growth. Whether a tourist, returnee or local, if you’ve chosen the Raleigh area as your destination, you won’t be disappointed. Read on for some of our favorite places to cool off during the summertime in the area and get ready to see Raleigh like never before.

Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe

One of North Carolina’s premier attractions for slides, water attractions and thrills, Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe is a versatile destination that’s fun for the whole party. Some of the attractions visitors will enjoy here at Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe include Bombs Away, an exhilarating near-vertical drop, the chilling distance of the Daredevil Drop, the massive Thunder Bay wave pool, dizzying odyssey of Dr. Von Dark’s Tunnel of Terror, challenge for three on the Runaway Raft Ride, and the relaxing 450-foot long lazy river. These rides and so many more provide for solo rides, group rides, duo rides, and competitive racing, making this a solid destination for parties of all sizes and age ranges. Bring the whole party to Wet ‘n Wild Emerald Pointe this summer, and enjoy the Carolina sun with a day full of thrills and refreshment.


Tour wild North Carolina with kayak rental, where visitors will cool off on the water and enjoy seeing the natural beauty of the Research Triangle up close. This is a great group activity and photo opportunity, and with the large number of streams and rentals around the region, is also quite adaptable to travel itineraries and lodging options in a multitude of locations.


For those travelers who want a more intense experience, your party can elect to brave the waters by rafting instead of a kayak. These are also in a variety of courses and skill levels, great for both the new traveler stepping out of their comfort zone and the seasoned visitor alike. This is a memorable way to tour the waterways of the Raleigh area, and also serves as an exciting and conversation-starting addition to any albums.

Fantasy Lake

Alternatively, visitors can get under the water entirely and explore the deep blue world of scuba, with the scuba classes at Fantasy Lake Adventure Park. Open every day of the year, here visitors can tour a sunken world of vehicles, wrecks and formations with skilled instructors, far away from the summer heat. This is a great opportunity to try your hand at something new while in Raleigh, and is truly a trip to a lesser seen part of North Carolina.

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