75 Things to do in Raleigh, NC and surrounding areas

Want a great list of 75 things to do in Raliegh, NC and surrounding areas?

Then look no further! People always ask me what is there to do in the area? What is it that drives more than 15,000 people to relocated to the area each year?

  • Great schools? Yes
  • Great climate?  You bet
  • Low Property Taxes?  Absolutely

There are way more fun things to do in the Triangle than what this list offers. Please feel free to add on as you see fit.  I hope you find this list of 75 Things to do in the Raleigh, NC helpful.


  • Watch at Duke/UNC/NCSU basketball game
  • Watch NCAA Tennis at Cary Tennis Park
  • Go hiking at Umstead Park in Raleigh
  • Go on a Ghost Tour in Raleigh
  • Play laser tag, go-karts, and batting cages at Frankie’s Fun Park
  • Watch a concert on the lawn or the 4th of July Fireworks at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary
  • Eat great steak at Ruth Chris Steakhouse
  • Don’t miss Lazy Daze Festival in Cary
  • Watch a movie on the lawn outside the NC Art Museum  Raleigh
  • Rent a kayak at Bond Park
  • Ride your bike down the American Tobacco Trail from Apex to downtown Durham
  • Have drinks on the balcony of Top of the Hill overlooking downtown Chapel Hill
  • Check out an exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural History, Raleigh
  • Feed the ducks at Sarah P Duke Gardens
  • Don’t miss one of the many Carolina Railhawks soccer games
  • Have one of your friends invite you for a round of Golf at Preston, MacGregor, or one of the many private golf courses in the area.
  • Hike the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary
  • Enjoy a spa day at SkinSense day spa
  • Buy fresh produce at the NC Farmer’s Market in Raleigh
  • Create pottery in north Raleigh
  • Watch the Carolina Hurricanes play at the RBC center, Raleigh
  •  Have Sunday Brunch outside at La Farm Bakery in Cary
  • Pick fresh strawberries at Jean’s Berry Patch in Apex
  • Shop at the Smithfield Outlets just outside of Raleigh
  • Take your dog to the dog park in Cary off of Maynard Road
  • Have a picnic at one of the many parks in the area
  • Eat eastern NC BBQ from Dixie Belles BBQ in Apex or The Pit in Raleigh
  • Pet the belted cows at the Fearrington Farm, Chapel Hill
  • Go to Marbles IMAX theater
  • See an exhibit at the Nasher Art Museum, Durham
  • Go shopping at the brand new Nordstrom’s Rack in Durham
  • World Beer Festival in October (Durham) or May (Raleigh)
  • Go boating at Jordan Lake
  • Pick up a custard at Goodberry’s
  • Eat at Foster’s restaurant in Durham
  • Attend Festival for the Eno, fourth of July week, Durham
  • Buy local produce Saturdays at the Cary Farmer’s Market or at Carpenter Village
  • Eat at Mitch’s Tavern, the bar used in the movie Bull Durham, Raleigh
  • Catch a Durham Bulls baseball game, Durham
  • Follow the seasons change at the JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh
  • Stop by the NC State Fair in October, Raleigh
  • Watch a summer outdoor concert by the NC Symphony orchestra
  • Listen to live music at Fridays on the Front Porch The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill
  • Go to the Ballet
  • Go to the PNC arena for a concert
  • Attend a cooking class at Southern Season in Chapel Hill
  • Go to a comedy show at the famous Goodnight’s Comedy Club
  • See a touring show or concert at the new Durham Performing Arts Center
  • See a show at the Morehead Planetarium, UNC
  • Walk the 2 Mile Loop at Apex Park
  • Walk the Trails at Bond Park
  • Free live concerts in Raleigh Thursday Nights in the summer (“Alive after 5”)
  • Get a great workout at Lifetime fitness, or Fitness Connection
  • See local artists featured at the 2nd Friday artwalk, Carrboro
  • Buy freshly imported Italian foods from Capri Flavors, Morrisville
  • Get breakfast at Big Ed’s City Market downtown Raleigh
  • Watch some movies at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham
  • Paddle boat under the stars at Lake Jordan
  • Play golf at one of 27 area public golf courses
  • Watch independent movies at the Galaxy in Cary
  • Check out Mama Dip’s in Chapel Hill and have some amazing fried chicken
  • Check out Broadway plays at the DPAC in Durham
  • Save some money at the Blue Ridge dollar theater
  • Relax over a brunch at German bakery Gugulhupf, Durham
  • Check out Holly Hill Day Lilly Farm in Montcure
  • Enjoy a day at the local winery
  • Spend some time at Kids Together Playground in Cary
  • Take a spin on the New Hope Valley Railroad during Halloween
  • Take the Historic Oakwood Tour during the Christmas holidays in Raleigh
  • Catch Fist Night in Raleigh on New Years
  • Go on a walking food tour
  • Play tennis at Cary Tennis Park
  • Swim laps at the Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary
  • Take your friends to play paint-ball in Durham (groupons are usually available)
  • Check-out the area publications for more information on a weekly basis!

That said, there are so many things to do in this area and it’s a great place to call home.  Enjoy!

Amazing Artistry

Ok, So apparently I must be getting old. It’s 10:18pm and I feel like its 2 in the morning. There was a time when I could stay up all night, do a speech in the morning, then come home and continue on with my day; still without sleeping. Those days are long gone… and thank God!! I mean my kids hate nap time and going to bed, but in all honesty, bed time is truly one of my favorite times of the day! Who doesn’t like getting into a nice, soft, comfortable king size bed, with no children in it the kids in it lol. I won’t lie, even though I like them in their own room, I enjoy the snuggles of my babies at night. So you might be wondering to yourself… Real Estate Wonder Woman… What does this have to do with selling my home?! The answer is…. Nothing. lol. Tonight I just wanted to share a picture with you. To make a long boring story into a short boringstory :) My beautiful mother decided to purchase a shirt for me. This isn’t just any shirt, but actually a work of art (no literally). The man behind this masterpiece actually paints your photo onto your shirt. He is not only a great artist but from our phone conversation, a really down to earth person as well. In honor of him I have dedicated tonight’s post to Amazing Artistry. I would like to find more artists that do unique work. If that is you let me know and I would love to feature you (and wear around your work :) So here is me…wearing ME :)

Real Estate Wonder Woman Shirt

The picture doesn’t do the shirt justice. I was standing awkwardly and smushed my face lol

Yes, the picture quality is sub par. And yes, my face is slightly smushed because of the way I was standing. So the shirt really isn’t being done it’s due justice, but it still looks great even with me destroying its beauty lol. So thank you Michael Cox and if anyone wants a shirt with their own face on it let me know. I’ll give you his number. You have to admit it is very original!

Good night all Ya’ll in Raleigh/Durham/Triangle

p.s (like my southern twang?? I can pretend right?)