If you’re looking for family-friendly outings, you don’t need to look further than Downtown Raleigh. Shopping, museum outings, parks and more we’re sharing a few of our favorite spots to visit.
One of my favorites is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. From dinosaurs to butterflies to weather, they’ve got you covered. Be on the lookout for BugFest in the fall. You don’t want to miss this creeping and crawling event. Directly across the street, you’ll find the North Carolina Museum of History. There you’ll learn about North Carolina’s Native American tribes, our part in the civil war and much more. The current exhibit includes the 1903 Wright Flier and the 1911 Wright Glider, both on loan from the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
Also, Marbles Kid’s Museum is a great place to take the younger family members. You can even catch a movie at the IMAX theatre next door.
While your downtown, don’t forget about lunch. Grab a hotdog at the famous Roast Grill at 7 S. West Street. Since 1940, they’ve been serving hot dogs and bottled coke. Tell George I said “hi”. They don’t have ketchup, so don’t ask. My favorite is mustard, onions, and slaw.
If you’re looking for something to do outside, Pullen Park remains a local favorite. The playgrounds are built to accommodate both younger and older children. Train rides and the historic carousel are a must do. Enjoy a leisurely pedal boat out in the lake and then grab a local Loco-Pop to cool down.
Take a trip off the beaten path and experience one of our local gardens. JC Raulston Arboretum is a beautiful way to spend some time outside with your family. Stroll through the paths and discover the beauty of this year round garden.
First of all, if you haven’t visited CAM Raleigh (Contemporary Art Museum) yet, you have to go. Check the website for the latest exhibits. It’s a beautiful space. The North Carolina Museum of Art is not far from downtown. Tour the Ansel Adams Masterworks before it departs on May 7th.
Next, go see a show at Raleigh Little Theatre and Rose Garden. “James and the Giant Peach” will be performed April 21st – April 30th. After the show, take a stroll through the Rose Garden.
Lastly, mark your calendar for the 2017 Artsplosure, May 19th-21st. Over 170 juried fine artists and artisans participate in this annual festival. Be on the look out for performing arts, music, and food trucks. It’s fun for all ages. I love to stroll through the artist’s tents to see what they’ve been up to.
Finally, check out the Pop-Up Raleigh monthly market at Trophy Brewing and Taproom. Pop-Up Raleigh features local artisans, vintage, and food trucks for an afternoon of finding unique treasures.
Hope to see ya’ll out and about in Downtown Raleigh.