Explore Raleigh

If you're looking for an affordable getaway that's fun for the whole family, look no further than Raleigh. You’ll discover more than 20 free attractions in this stately and lively capital city. Visitors can explore history, culture and outdoor adventures. Spend the day hopping between the three free state museums of art, history and natural sciences. Visitors are free to wander around the grounds of the State Capitol or walk past the graves of Civil War generals at a historic cemetery. Grab a bite at one of the local award-winning restaurants and shop for the delicious homemade treats found at the State Farmers Market. Raleigh boosts over 150 parks and lakes, giving visitors ample opportunity to enjoy outdoor adventures including golf, biking, swimming, and boating.

With so many attractions to choose from, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the opportunities available in Raleigh. We invite you to stop by our front desk, we’re always willing to help answer questions and make recommendations!

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Featured Attractions

North Carolina Museums of Art, History and Natural Sciences

Spend the day meandering through the three state museums of art, history and natural sciences. The Southeast's largest natural history museum is home to dinosaurs, whale skeletons, live animals, walk-through dioramas, special exhibits, and hands-on science education. You’ll discover the nation’s largest museum park offering 164 acres of trails and parkland containing major works of art when visiting the museum of art. While visiting the museum of history, you’ll have the opportunity to explore more than 14,000 years of North Carolina history. All three of these museums offer free admission.

Pullen Park

Richard Stanhope Pullen founded Pullen Park on March 22, 1887. Mr. Pullen donated the farmland as a gift to the City of Raleigh to be used as parkland. His vision came to life and Pullen Park became the first public park in North Carolina. Kids will enjoy the carousel, kiddie boats, train, pedal boats, and the wide variety of playgrounds. This historic park welcomes visitors of all ages and boasts the title as the 5th oldest operating amusement park in the US and 16th oldest in the world.

Pullen Park

Richard Stanhope Pullen founded Pullen Park on March 22, 1887. Mr. Pullen donated the farmland as a gift to the City of Raleigh to be used as parkland. His vision came to life and Pullen Park became the first public park in North Carolina. Kids will enjoy the carousel, kiddie boats, train, pedal boats, and the wide variety of playgrounds. This historic park welcomes visitors of all ages and boasts the title as the 5th oldest operating amusement park in the US and 16th oldest in the world.

Marbles Kids Museum

Marbles Kids Museum is a hands-on, interactive museum that inspires children to be creative thinkers, active learners and confident individuals in today's world. Explore five galleries and two outdoor escapes, with an abundance of activities for children of all ages. The museum also features the Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre. The museum got its name from a well-known nickname for brains, Marbles. At Marbles Kids Museum, kids are inspired to use their marbles by learning new things through imagination, discovery and play!

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