Welcome to Raleigh, North Carolina
There is a reason Greater Raleigh has been called the "Smithsonian of the South." Bursting at the seams with a large variety of live performing arts events and visual arts collections, the area is also home to the best collection of museums in North Carolina (and perhaps the Southeast), nationally-acclaimed organizations like Carolina Ballet and North Carolina Theatre and plenty of locally-owned galleries and collegiate arts programs to satisfy all of your artistic sensibilities.
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Foodies, rejoice! You're in one of the "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South" according to Southern Living, and you'll quickly see why our culinary scene is gaining other national recognition. Farmers' markets provide fresh meat and produce to restaurants that are focused on farm-to-table cooking... Carolina favorites like sweet tea, barbecue and home-style vegetables are staples of our culinary history... and award-winning chefs (we can claim two Iron Chef contenders) are setting trends in unique and creative takes on comfort food.
Choose from more than 1,200 Greater Raleigh restaurants, in a wide range of prices and cuisines. So, whether you're treating yourself to a fine-dining experience, searching for a romantic outdoor cafe, popping into a deli or looking for a great pub, dining here is a peerless mix of Foodie culture and warm, down-home service.
Entertainment can mean different things to different visitors. Greater Raleigh has multiple definitions to fit each Destination I.D., but Free Spirits may get the most entertainment-packed itinerary!
For family fun, check out the Raleigh area's bowling centers, cinemas and family fun centers. Couples and singles may want to head for one of downtown Raleigh's entertainment districts, pulsing with nightlife.
Entertainment For Kids:
Greater Raleigh prides itself on being a family-friendly destination, with a wealth of museums, festivals, live performances, parks and lakes that are fun for everyone. From hands-on exhibits at Marbles Kids Museum and larger-than-life movies at Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre to the historic carousel and train at Pullen Park, the Raleigh area offers family attractions and activities for kids of all ages.
Active families can enjoy year-round outdoor recreation in North Carolina's state capital area, and we bet you’ll even learn a little while you’re here. Discover the wonder of the natural world at the Nature Research Center (a wing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences), or better understand the past at one of the area’s historic sites like Historic Yates Mill County Park... kids can be Lifelong Learners, too!
Your kids may never want to go home, and surely will want to come back again and again! Parents will love how children's imaginations are sparked... and that many of the area's top attractions are free!
Greater Raleigh is often dubbed the "Smithsonian of the South" for more than 40 free attractions, and the high quality of Raleigh's museums certainly adds merit to that distinction. Discover your inner Creative Genius by planning a visit around a blockbuster art exhibition or by exploring one of the country’s largest collections of Rodin sculptures at the North Carolina Museum of Art and the state’s only non-collecting Contemporary Art Museum (CAM Raleigh) while you’re here.
Take time to visit the Nature Research Center, a new wing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, recognizable by its three story, multimedia globe called the Daily Planet.
Many of the area’s museums are free, and no matter if your interests skew toward Renaissance art, interactive exhibits or research and fossils, the Raleigh area has got it covered. Make sure to take a look at our calendar of events for special events and exhibitions or at our Deals for money-saving offers surrounding our dynamic museum scene.
Dreams of competing at the U.S. Open? Maybe just keeping up with your buddies on Sunday morning? With many regulation courses open to the public and numerous driving ranges and practice areas, long courses and short, modest and hazard-lined fairways and even a spot open 'til midnight year-round, Greater Raleigh has the diverse play to make that happen and provide a great golf experience.
Fashion doesn't have to mean expensive clothing or accessories; being stylish can pertain to your home, office and overall personal style. There's no better place than Greater Raleigh to be a Fashionista... the area boasts three major shopping malls plus other prominent shopping areas, the state’s only H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue stores and an abundance of local boutiques selling everything from haute couture to one-of-a-kind vintage frocks.
Adrenaline Junkies looking for excitement in the Raleigh area have a lot to choose from. From edge-of-your seat North Carolina State football and Carolina Hurricanes NHL hockey to minor-league baseball with the Carolina Mudcats and Cary's Carolina RailHawks pro soccer team, Greater Raleigh is a big-time sports destination. Check out all there is to see here for a spectator sports-lover!
Founded as North Carolina's state capital in 1792, Raleigh reaps many rewards for history lovers. Visit the State Capitol building to learn about secret rooms, ghost stories and the principles upon which the State of North Carolina was founded... while viewing George Washington in a Roman toga!
Historic Oakwood is a Victorian-style neighborhood and features an old graveyard full of once-prominent Raleigh area figures. Among several historic homes to tour is the North Carolina Executive Mansion, which was constructed entirely of materials from our state.
If you really want to taste the history of the area, stop in a local tavern and try the Cherry Bounce, an alcoholic beverage that played a key role in determining where the state’s capital would be relocated.
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