Raleigh Essentials: Food, Drink, Entertainment

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Raleigh Essentials: Food, Drink, Entertainment

Sightseeing
Perfect for all ages, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is great for the solo traveler or a family outing. From dinosaurs to deer, insects, and gems, this place has it all. Explore and learn about creatures large and small, grab a snack from the cafe, or take a trip through the butterfly room. Whether you're looking to spend one hour or a whole afternoon, this is a must-see!
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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones Street
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Perfect for all ages, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is great for the solo traveler or a family outing. From dinosaurs to deer, insects, and gems, this place has it all. Explore and learn about creatures large and small, grab a snack from the cafe, or take a trip through the butterfly room. Whether you're looking to spend one hour or a whole afternoon, this is a must-see!
Rain or shine, 7 days a week, the State Farmers Market is an exceptional way to see what North Carolina is all about. Meet locals as you stroll through vendor booths where you can find anything from the perfect house-plant to local honey or cheese. Covered pavilions offer shelter from rain and harsh sun, and the restaurant on-site is sure to provide that southern comfort you've been searching for, and be friendly on your wallet!
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North Carolina State Farmers Public Market
1201 Agriculture St
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Rain or shine, 7 days a week, the State Farmers Market is an exceptional way to see what North Carolina is all about. Meet locals as you stroll through vendor booths where you can find anything from the perfect house-plant to local honey or cheese. Covered pavilions offer shelter from rain and harsh sun, and the restaurant on-site is sure to provide that southern comfort you've been searching for, and be friendly on your wallet!
Expansive, lush, and not wanting in views, Dorthea Dix is perfect for a day in the fresh air. Dix Park is chock full of history worth a quick google search. Large rolling hills are perfect for picnics, walking your dog (on -leash of course), kite/drone flying, and more. Spring months bring forth an eruption of daffodils you don't want to miss. Traveling with a fur-baby? Make sure to head over to the Dorthea Dix dog park where your four-legged best friend can run and play for hours.
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Dorothea Dix Park
2105 Black Drive
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Expansive, lush, and not wanting in views, Dorthea Dix is perfect for a day in the fresh air. Dix Park is chock full of history worth a quick google search. Large rolling hills are perfect for picnics, walking your dog (on -leash of course), kite/drone flying, and more. Spring months bring forth an eruption of daffodils you don't want to miss. Traveling with a fur-baby? Make sure to head over to the Dorthea Dix dog park where your four-legged best friend can run and play for hours.
Neighborhoods
This up-and-coming neighborhood is growing in popularity. Featuring many new bars and unique restaurants, as well as multiple small businesses and shops, this neighborhood will appeal to solo-travelers and younger crowds looking to meet locals or anyone looking to get away from chains and experience local flare! Just on the outskirts of the ever-growing downtown area, add this to your list of must-sees!
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Glenwood South
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This up-and-coming neighborhood is growing in popularity. Featuring many new bars and unique restaurants, as well as multiple small businesses and shops, this neighborhood will appeal to solo-travelers and younger crowds looking to meet locals or anyone looking to get away from chains and experience local flare! Just on the outskirts of the ever-growing downtown area, add this to your list of must-sees!
Close to NC-States's campus and Hillsborough Street, Cameron Village has something to offer everyone. Plenty of boutiques, shops, and restaurants will make spending a day here effortless! Whether you're looking for a great brunch spot, a late-night beer, somewhere to get groceries, the perfect outfit to wear out on the town, or a coffee shop to hunker down in, Cameron Village has something for you. Oh, and let's not forget about that 2-story Chick-Fil-A.
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Cameron Village
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Close to NC-States's campus and Hillsborough Street, Cameron Village has something to offer everyone. Plenty of boutiques, shops, and restaurants will make spending a day here effortless! Whether you're looking for a great brunch spot, a late-night beer, somewhere to get groceries, the perfect outfit to wear out on the town, or a coffee shop to hunker down in, Cameron Village has something for you. Oh, and let's not forget about that 2-story Chick-Fil-A.
Yet another Raleigh gem with places galore to shop, dine, get drinks with friends, and so much more! North Hills is abundant with all of the essentials: Target, Chick-Fil-A, Harris Teeter, and Starbucks. Looking for a place to eat? You will have no trouble finding something familiar, but for those wanting to try something new, North Hills has you covered. There are plenty of options for upscale or relaxed dining. North Hills is a one-stop destination for all your needs, including hotels, spas, fitness centers, shopping, events, and entertainment. Check out the North Hills directory for upcoming events!
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North Hills
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Yet another Raleigh gem with places galore to shop, dine, get drinks with friends, and so much more! North Hills is abundant with all of the essentials: Target, Chick-Fil-A, Harris Teeter, and Starbucks. Looking for a place to eat? You will have no trouble finding something familiar, but for those wanting to try something new, North Hills has you covered. There are plenty of options for upscale or relaxed dining. North Hills is a one-stop destination for all your needs, including hotels, spas, fitness centers, shopping, events, and entertainment. Check out the North Hills directory for upcoming events!
Things to do
Brought the kiddos? Marbles Kids Museum is a place you don't want to miss. Hours of fun are behind the doors of Marbles Kids Museum, located right in the middle of downtown Raleigh. There's fun for all ages with plenty of games, interactive play, and adventure. After one visit, you know you'll be back!.
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Marbles Kids Museum
201 E Hargett St
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Brought the kiddos? Marbles Kids Museum is a place you don't want to miss. Hours of fun are behind the doors of Marbles Kids Museum, located right in the middle of downtown Raleigh. There's fun for all ages with plenty of games, interactive play, and adventure. After one visit, you know you'll be back!.
What's a visit to Raleigh without a trip to Pullen Park? Ride the train, rent a paddleboat, stroll around the pond, or take a spin on the Merry-Go-Round. During most of the year, you will find visitors lounging in the grass, picnicking under the pavillions, or grabbing a bite to eat at the snack cafe. Winter month bring along Christmas lights and if you bundle up you can still enjoy a walk through the park.
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Pullen Park
408 Ashe Ave
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What's a visit to Raleigh without a trip to Pullen Park? Ride the train, rent a paddleboat, stroll around the pond, or take a spin on the Merry-Go-Round. During most of the year, you will find visitors lounging in the grass, picnicking under the pavillions, or grabbing a bite to eat at the snack cafe. Winter month bring along Christmas lights and if you bundle up you can still enjoy a walk through the park.
Dog-friendly, beautiful trails, and great views. Lake Johnson is one of the places that Raleigh locals and visitors alike will come to enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and good exercise. Parking onsite is available.
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Lake Johnson Park
4601 Avent Ferry Road
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Dog-friendly, beautiful trails, and great views. Lake Johnson is one of the places that Raleigh locals and visitors alike will come to enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and good exercise. Parking onsite is available.
City/town information
Just a short distance from Raleigh, Cary offers a small-town feel without being too far away from the big city. You won't be far from shops or dining and will be close to great parks lakes!
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Cary
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Just a short distance from Raleigh, Cary offers a small-town feel without being too far away from the big city. You won't be far from shops or dining and will be close to great parks lakes!
Durham is full of amazing things to do, only about 30 minutes away from Raleigh. As part of the Triangle, Durham is close enough to Raleigh for a day trip and definitely worth it. Coffee shops, thrift stores, shopping, and more will fill your day with fun, no matter what your interests are.
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Durham
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Durham is full of amazing things to do, only about 30 minutes away from Raleigh. As part of the Triangle, Durham is close enough to Raleigh for a day trip and definitely worth it. Coffee shops, thrift stores, shopping, and more will fill your day with fun, no matter what your interests are.
A college town full of character, Chapel Hill is perfect for Tar Heel fans and adventurers alike. Take a stroll down Franklin Street or check out some of the amazing concert venues nearby. Locals love grabbing a bite to eat or a cup of coffee at Carolina Coffe Shop, and the Chapel Hill alumni store isn't too far away for anyone looking to dawn some Tar Heels gear.
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Chapel Hill
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A college town full of character, Chapel Hill is perfect for Tar Heel fans and adventurers alike. Take a stroll down Franklin Street or check out some of the amazing concert venues nearby. Locals love grabbing a bite to eat or a cup of coffee at Carolina Coffe Shop, and the Chapel Hill alumni store isn't too far away for anyone looking to dawn some Tar Heels gear.
Coffee Shops
Check out a local favorite with the name of beloved Raleigh right in the name. Named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who founded the Roanoke colony, this moody and hip coffee shop is great to enjoy coffee and cocktails alike. Make sure you try the Walter Raleigh if you stop in (thank us later).
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Sir Walter Coffee
145 E Davie St
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Check out a local favorite with the name of beloved Raleigh right in the name. Named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who founded the Roanoke colony, this moody and hip coffee shop is great to enjoy coffee and cocktails alike. Make sure you try the Walter Raleigh if you stop in (thank us later).
Totally Instagrammable, totally unique, Heirloom is a must-visit. Laos, Taiwan, and Japan come together perfectly in this thoughtfully curated coffee shop. Offering a delightful selection of familiar favorites such as lattes and cappuccinos and exceptionally delicious Asian creations. Heirloom is more than just coffee; their food menu will leave you struggling to just pick one thing (make sure you check out that pastry case too). What are you waiting for? Try some sake and stay awhile.
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Heirloom - Coffee, Tea, Sake
219 South West Street
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Totally Instagrammable, totally unique, Heirloom is a must-visit. Laos, Taiwan, and Japan come together perfectly in this thoughtfully curated coffee shop. Offering a delightful selection of familiar favorites such as lattes and cappuccinos and exceptionally delicious Asian creations. Heirloom is more than just coffee; their food menu will leave you struggling to just pick one thing (make sure you check out that pastry case too). What are you waiting for? Try some sake and stay awhile.
Food scene
Locals love Beasley's, a southern comfort restaurant with flare, owned by renowned chef, Ashley Christianson. No reservations can be made but expect a short wait as the line is a testament to the food you'll enjoy once seated.
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Beasley's Chicken + Honey
237 South Wilmington Street
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Locals love Beasley's, a southern comfort restaurant with flare, owned by renowned chef, Ashley Christianson. No reservations can be made but expect a short wait as the line is a testament to the food you'll enjoy once seated.
Whether you love whiskey or not, Whiskey Kitchen's dedication to amazing food, crafted cocktails, and amazing service will be sure to provide you with a good time. As it is so great for date nights or going out with friends, you will want to make sure you make a reservation, especially on weekends.
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Whiskey Kitchen
201 W Martin St
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Whether you love whiskey or not, Whiskey Kitchen's dedication to amazing food, crafted cocktails, and amazing service will be sure to provide you with a good time. As it is so great for date nights or going out with friends, you will want to make sure you make a reservation, especially on weekends.