Fun and adventurous Things to do in Raleigh NC that the whole family will enjoy.

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Raleigh, NC is a family-friendly place popular with residents and visitors who love the culture, outdoor actives, and natural surroundings. There is so much to see and do in every season in Raleigh.

Let’s go exploring and find out about some of the highlights you might want to check out and discover fun things to do in Raleigh with your family.

Education With A Fun Twist  


The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is where children can learn about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals with lots of exhibits of wildlife, endangered and common, that live today.

The North Carolina Museum of Art has a collection of permanent exhibits and visiting ones that are fascinating to see. An outdoor museum park includes sculptures and artwork that is interesting and offers great photo opportunities.

Go back to your childhood and take your kids with you to the Marbles Kids Museum in the Moore Square Historic District.

It might be the most hands-on and colorful museum you’ve ever seen! You can spend your whole day there and your kids will absolutely have a  blast and will love you for it!

Connecting With Nature


William B. Umstead State Park is over 5,000 acres of beautiful scenic land where you can hike, run, cycle, and ride horses as you get back to nature.

There are three gorgeous lakes where you can go canoeing or rent a rowboat. You can go fishing, have a picnic or even pitch a tent in the summer months if you like camping. 

WRAL Azalea Garden is a blooming lovely place to spend a few hours in the fresh air with the prettiest views. Manicured lawns, pristine flower gardens, including seats to rest awhile, are all part of the gardens in Raleigh, NC.

Shop Till You Drop

The Raleigh Market has something for every shopper with indoor and outdoor stalls, shops, and food stores to indulge in. You can find everything from comic books to fashion to toys to homeware at the flea market that is open every Saturday and Sunday.

North Carolina State Farmers Public Market is a fun place to pick up fresh fruit, vegetables and produce, fresh flowers, and locally made food products like cheese and jam.

There are also many specialty shops to explore and if you need to find gifts, this is the place for unique finds. It is open every day. 

If you need some indoor retail therapy, head to Crabtree Valley Mall. All the big brands and boutique stores are there as well as restaurants, cafes, and a supermarket. Sometimes there are events or other interesting displays to enjoy. 

Smell the roses at JC Raulston Arboretum or plan your next photo session there! Check out this Senior Photo Session I shot at this location. JC Raulston is absolutely perfect for photo sessions. 

More Highlights In Raleigh 

  • Wander around the scenic grounds of Pullen Park
  • Take a tour of the North Carolina State Capitol
  • Ride the go-karts at Frankie’s of Raleigh
  • See the historic 19th-century governor’s home
  • Critique modern art at CAM Raleigh

These are just a few of the amazing things to do in Raleigh, North Carolina.

There is always something new to try and you will soon have your favorite places to hang out.

You can also find helpful information on my blog about Pediatricians, Midwives, OB/GYN, and more!

  • If you are looking for Pediatricians in Chapel Hill visit this link about a blog post I wrote about Chapel Hill Pediatrics and Adolescents.
  • Check out this blog post if you are looking for a Midwife in the Raleigh, NC area.
  • This post is very helpful if you are pregnant and looking for an OB/GYN in the Raleigh, NC area.
  • Head over to this post if you are looking for breastfeeding classes, prenatal care, or postpartum care.

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