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!

Free family fun in Raleigh :)

Raleigh/Durham, I don’t know if you’ve realized this, but October is almost over! It feels like it just started :/ We are that much closer to the end of the world (if you believe in that whole Mayan calendar thing), and I haven’t even taken my brood  to enjoy any fun fall activities (aside from the fair). Hay rides, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses, all of it just sitting there, waiting for me to visit. With the month almost gone I decided to do a little research to see exactly what kind of  family fun I could find in Raleigh. I found a few neat things, but then I decided I wanted to find all the free things and share them with you. I mean who doesn’t like free. My daughter has known that was one of my favorite words in the dictionary since she was 4. I don’t care who you are, where you are, or how much you have; Everyone likes the word “Free” :) So Raleigh here’s my Free family fun list. If you know of anything else please add it below in the comments.


Zoe halloween costume

Scary skeleton girl 2010

  • Howling Halloween Fun– Oct 30th. At East Regional Library in Knightdale. – Dress in your favortite costume for trick or treating, stories and crafts. starts at 6:30pm. Check out the library website
  • Youth Fall Fest– Oct 27th. Kids with inflammatory bowel disease can enjoy activities while their parents talk to medical staff and other parents. Hosted by Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Registration is required. From 9-11:30am at UNC hospital, NC Cancer Hospital conference rooms 1 and 4. See their website for more info.
  • Halloween at Western Wake Farmers Market- Oct 27th. Kids can wear a costume and enjoy a Halloween treasure hunt. 8am-noon. Morrisville Halloween
  • Creepy Crabtree- Oct 26th. Learn about bats, snakes, and spiders. Make crafts and listen to ghost stories. Tour the park after dark. 4-8pm. See more

*** Honorable Mention***Marbles Kids Museum, in Raleigh, is hosting a Kooky Spooky Halloween Party, a chance to play and be creative, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. You’re invited to attend dressed in costume to join in on the night’s spooky activities, which include wrapping mom or dad like a mummy, a Monster Mash dance party, and mad scientist glow-in-the-dark lab experiments. Pre-purchase tickets for the event at the museum’s welcome desk or online for $8 for museum members and $10 for non-members. Tickets may also be bought on-site the day of the event for $10 for members and $12 for non-members. For more information, visit It’s not free but it is cheap, and fun for the family.

So I meant for the list to go in chronological order. But I started writing before I started thinking I guess lol. So consider it as a brain exercise. Start at the bottom for events that are coming up soon. The higher the event on the list, the more time you have to plan. I think I will try my hardest to get over to the Fall Fest at the NC Art Museum. I mean. Food Trucks. One location. What more can you ask for?!

The Raleigh State Fair 2012: Aftermath

Ok so as promised here are a few pictures from my adventure with the Raleigh State Fair 2012 last night. It was fun (as previously predicted) and although I truly did not want to remove myself from the comforts of my home, I got up and made it happen. Home buyers in Raleigh Durham, this is just a small taste of what you have to look forward to next year :)

Some Highlights of the night were:

-I won my daughter a goldfish… about 3 min later she drops the bag, it bursts, and there’s a fishy squirming on the ground! A crowd gathers to watch this poor fish struggle for air water, as I try my best to douse it with the contents left in the bottom of the bag. ( Um, yeah I wasn’t about to pick up a fish) But have no fear the nice lady from the carnival saved the day. She picked that little bugger up like a guardian fish angel and threw it in a different tank. We ended up getting a replacement.

-I ate funnel cake :) But I could not bring myself to spend $7.00 on a hotdog!! I mean come on Raleigh State Fair! I’m sorry but for $7.00 I can buy the whole pack plus some buns and a coke lol. Which actually took me to my next point… I ended up going to the store at 10:30pm because I was hungry and needed hotdogs, buns, and a coke (to be more specific it was Pepsi that I drank but who cares) lol

-My son and I played a wack a frog game and Mommy won him a prize. :) It was the smallest prize on the stand but I won it fair and square. Let me be proud :)

-Raleigh State Fair 2012 ended with some great fireworks. I loved being able to watch them with my kids… well one of my kids… the other left me to get on one last ride lol. O well all’s well that ends well.

Other than that it was a great time it was pretty much the average watch the kids go on rides, while I stand back and take pictures. Nothing too crazy, and I missed the pig action! Aw shucks, guess I always have next year!O and you’ve been warned… Some of these pictures are scary… You might want to cover your eyes

check out the Raleigh State Fair website to learn more about next year’s events.

Last day of the State Fair in Raleigh NC

The North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh North Carolina has come once again. And in case you’ve been living under a rock and didn’t know the dates, it was from Oct 14- Oct 21. If you haven’t been to the fair yet, I suggest getting a move on. I personally have been avoiding it like the plague. Long lines, horse poop, pig races… It just hasn’t done it for me. I will admit though as a city girl, the idea of seeing pig races is one that is intriguing, but it hasn’t been enough to make me want to get up and drive the (1mi) distance to the fair. I’ve put it off long enough though. If I don’t make it today I will be in deep pig poop because my 8 year old will be on me like white on rice. The 2 year old could care less ( I like that kid :) but Zoe, O she’s another story. Not to mention I managed to finagle my way out of it last year. I am absolutely positive once I get there we will have a blast. It’s just getting that motivation to go is the hard part. I’ve got exactly 2 hours before we head out so wish me luck :) I plan on eating as much deep fried nasty as my body can handle :) If you’ve gone to the fair you should post some pics. I know I will as soon as I get back.

So if you see your Raleigh Real Estate Wonder Woman walking around… be sure to say “Hi” and point me in the direction of a great food stand.

My Picks for Affordable Family Fun in the Triangle

Fall is winding to a close for most kids on the traditional school calendar here in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding areas…and really everywhere else in the country truth be told. Just a couple of weeks left to play outdoors, ride that new bicycle you got for your Birthday (or last Christmas). Thank God we live down south, and we still have 70 degree days in our future, but those days are rapidly coming to an end. Soon all the leaves will be gone from the trees, the weather will be chilly, and you will be sipping (spiced?) hot chocolate from the comfort of your home. So, what is a family to do in the final days of fall freedom? I’ve got some picks for you!

Spend an afternoon hiking at Raven Rock State Park

Located about 45 minutes from downtown Raleigh and just over an hour from Durham, is one of the most beautiful state parks the Piedmont region of North Carolina has to offer – Raven Rock State Park in Lillington (Harnett County). With miles of trails of varying difficulty (including some for horses!), options for picnicking, canoeing, or fishing, there’s something for every nature lover in the family. For the price of a few gallons of gas and a priceless journey, this might be one option to take the family to.

Go for an adventure at Adventure Landing in Raleigh or at Wheels Fun Park in Durham

If mini-golf, go karting, laser tag, and perfecting your baseball swing at the batting cages are your thing, check out Adventure Landing, especially on Friday nights. Their Friday Night Family Fun Night is a GREAT deal. For $24.99, a family of four can enjoy unlimited mini-golf, unlimited laser tag, and a large pepperoni pizza to curb the hunger after playing all those games! Not bad….and inexpensive too.

Don’t feel like trekking into Raleigh for all you can play mini-golf? Well, if you live in or around the Durham area, check out Wheels Fun Park. There you get all the same attractions and then some! Try your hand at skateboarding in the skateboard park, strap on some skates for some old fashioned roller skating, or check out their indoor play gym. Prices are relatively inexpensive. The smiles on the faces of your children …priceless.

Take the family to a NC State or UNC football game!

Grab your grill’s and head to either of the two college football teams we have in the Triangle. Whether you live in Chapel Hill or Raleigh or somewhere in between there’s some fantastic football to be had. Each stadium has its own schedule for additional family fun promotions so be sure to check each link.

Take your family (including the pooch) to Lake Benson Park in Garner

Being that the park is located just 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh and 30 minutes from the Durham or Wake Forest areas, Lake Benson Park is easy to get to and full of all kinds of options for family fun.

With 3 miles of trails spanning the park and its sister location, White Deer Park, you can jog, walk, or bike to your hearts content. There are two playgrounds for the little ones and an expansive field covering several acres for you Frisbee® throwers, football tossers, or if you just want to throw a blanket down for a picnic.

There you have it – a few of my favorites for family fun as the summer winds down. Of course, there’s plenty more to do in the Triangle. Please, if I missed your favorite activity/attraction, share your thoughts in the comments below.

In the meantime, you can catch me tailgating at the football games, enjoying a nice picnic at the lake, and looking out at the scenic vistas.


As always feel free to contact your Real Estate Wonder Woman for any other suggestions on things to do :) or