Not only is Raleigh a great place to work and get an education — it is also a top destination for cultural sites and entertainment options! Galleries, theaters, museums, science centers, parks, golf courses, farms and a vibrant nightlife all add to the rich experience of living in Raleigh. Here are some of the top places to see in Raleigh.
- Marbles Kids Museum. This playful museum located in Downtown Raleigh is a perfect family destination. Children can ignite their imaginations as they explore the interactive exhibits available at the museum. There are also daily educational programs and an IMAX theater.
- Carolina Ballet. The Carolina Ballet is an internationally-recognized ballet company that performs both classical favorites and world premieres. The ballet company brings world-class entertainment and artistry to Raleigh.
- Burke Square. Located in Downtown Raleigh, Burke Square Park was a local Confederate training ground during the Civil War. In 1883, it became the site of the governor’s mansion.
- City of Raleigh Museum. This downtown museum focuses the history of the city. It is located in the 1874 Briggs Building, meaning that the museum is not only about the history of the city — it is located in a piece of city history as well. Admission for the museum is free, but there is a recommended donation of $5.
- Haywood Hall House and Gardens. This beautiful Federal-style frame home was constructed in 1799 by John Hayword, North Carolina’s first elected treasurer. Admission to the Hayword Hall House is free, but donations are accepted. The home serves as a museum filled with original furnishings, a permanent doll collection and family portraits.
- Contemporary Art Museum. The Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) showcases the latest in art and design. The museum offers ever-changing experiences that explore where art is now and where it is going in the near future. The museum also hosts First Friday events which include entertainment, student docents and food trucks.
- Blue Jay Point County Park. This 236-acre park is located on the shores of Falls Lake in North Raleigh. Admission to the park is free, and it includes hiking trails, picnic areas, a playground and play fields. There are also exhibits, demonstration areas and educational programs offered through the park.
- Walnut Creek Wetland Center. This park’s mission is to protect an urban wetland while encouraging economic development and educating families. The center consists of 49 acres of once-abused and polluted wetlands that have been preserved and depolluted. The park also includes an education center that helps the public learn about the importance of preserving wetlands for water quality and wildlife protection.
- Adventure Landing. This family-favorite attraction consists of three mini-golf courses, extreme laser tag, a video arcade, batting cages, snack bar and speedway go-karts. Adventure Landing is open daily and located in North Raleigh.
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