Lake Wheeler Park
Explore Lake Wheeler's lake and land where boating and hiking adventures await.
Lake Wheeler is a popular destination for people looking to enjoy the great outdoors. Many bring their own boats or rent boats from the park for an afternoon of fishing or simply cruising and others prefer to stay on land to enjoy a picnic. The trails that wind throughout the park provide a perfect setting for both leisurely strolls and more rigorous runs in the fresh Raleigh air.
Address:6404 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, 27609
phone:+1 919 662 5704
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Belle + Beau
Nestled in North Raleigh’s quaint Lafayette Village, Belle + Beau outfits both ladies and gents.
Belle + Beau showcases clothing, jewelry, and accessories to get you glam or keep you in all day, everyday comfort. Whether you are looking for loungewear or that evening sparkle, you will find it here. The men’s side offers sip and shop service with cold beer and comfy couches.
Address:8480 Honeycutt Road, Suite 110, Raleigh, 27615
phone:+(919) 846 0024
North Carolina Museum of Art
The NC Museum of Art is regarded by many as the Smithsonian of the South.
Indoors you will find a permanent collection of 40+ galleries in the East and West buildings. These collections include revered artists such as Rodin and Audobon. In addition, the venue is host to traveling exhibitions and the outdoor museum park spans 164 acres.
Address:2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, 27607
phone:+919 839 6262
Chic, all-day stop for coffee drinks, desserts & specialty cocktails with seasonal ingredients.
Struggling to find that perfect drink match for your sweet dessert? Head to Bittersweet where they take the guess work out of it! With an ever-changing, seasonal menu, Bittersweet is the local hotspot for cocktails, coffee, and dessert.
Address:16 E Martin Street, Raleigh
phone:+919 977 3829
Beasley's Chicken + Honey
The Southern comfort food you've been looking for.
From famous chef Ashley Christensen comes a delicious take on Southern cuisine. Although the menu is extensive, it is difficult to shy away from the Chicken + Honey. A popular spot for Raleigh locals - especially on the weekend - we guarantee you, it's worth the wait.
Address:237 S Wilmington S, Raleigh, 27601
phone:+(919) 322 0127
Raleigh Beer Garden
Over 350 beers on tap, including an array of beers brewed here in Raleigh!
With three levels of bars, the Raleigh Beer Garden has a varied range of beers on tap to please anyone that walks through their doors! They offer a rooftop bar along with plenty of seats at the patio. Their back patio is perfect for game nights.
Address:614 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, 27603
phone:+919 324 3415
Tin Roof Teas
Channel your inner tea drinker at Tin Roof Teas. Revel in a selection of palate pleasing, world renowned teas.
With a collection of teas exceeding 250 varieties, Tin Roof Teas is a standout in its industry. Find varieties to sip and savor, cleanse your sinuses or pick up your mood. The collection includes over 30 World Tea Expo Winners. Get started on your unique beverage journey with a personalized customer service session.
Address:419 Daniels Street, Cameron Village, Raleigh, 27605
phone:+919 834 9000
Shelley Lake Park
Enjoy scenic greenery around a man-made lake. Activities abound for all ages.
Shelley Lake features two miles of paved trails, basketball courts with concrete surfaces and playgrounds for ages 2-12. The Sertoma Arts center on property offers classes and workshops in painting, as well as, exhibitions and studio spaces.
Address:1400 West Millbrook Road, Raleigh, 27614
phone:+919 996 2329
Visually stunning, Mediterranean eatery owned and operated by long-time Raleigh restaurant family.
Vidrio is the vision of the Moushakos family come to life. The menu is a vibrant kaleidoscope of flavors and colors from Greece, Morocco, France, and Italy. Enjoy the beauty of a 2 story wall of stained glass along with relishing delicious food during your visit to Vidrio.
Address:500 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 100, Raleigh, 27603
phone:+919 803 6033
The Great Raleigh Trolley
Climb aboard The Great Raleigh Trolley and discover Raleigh in a most unique way.
Tour adventures include Oaks & Jokes History, Brunch & Bubbly, The Great Beer Tour and the Oak City Haunted. This is one of the best ways to tour and learn about the history of the great city of Raleigh. The knowledgable and hospitable guides will make sure you have a fun and memorable trip.
Address:121 Fayetteville Street, #114, Raleigh, 27601
phone:+919 520 3905
Come in to Salon Blu as one person, leave as someone completely new - someone with much better hair.
Salon Blu is one of Raleigh's finest luxury salons. This salon's expert team of stylists can create any look that its clients desire, from traditional to edgy and anywhere in between. These stylists are also trained to work with any number of different types of hair, offering specialty treatments for different textures. Cuts are available for men, women and children.
Address:141 The Park at North Hills St, Raleigh, 27609
phone:+1 919 900 8212
The bourbon grilled shrimp skewers with a cheddar bacon risotto cake is out of this world delicious, as is the rest of the menu at Poppyseed
Savor mouthwatering deli fare from Poppyseed Market. This multifaceted establishment is also a wine bar and cafe. Their menu features decadent dishes like crab cakes, blackened fish tacos, butternut squash lasagna, and an extensive menu of hot and cold sandwiches. The modern interior is comfortable and welcoming, perfect for a casual lunch or dinner any day of the week.
Address:8801 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, 27615
phone:+1 919 870 4997
Relish Café & Bar
Modernized Southern dishes haven't lost their heart and soul, nor their flavor at Relish. The mac and cheese skillet is delicious.
For mac and cheese, biscuits, shrimp and grits, and other Southern comfort food classics, head to Relish Café & Bar. This casual eatery features a menu of Southern cuisine made with a great attention to detail. Sit at the bar and enjoy sports games on TV, or enjoy your meal in the dining room which is welcoming and cozy. There's even a mini-market inside where you can pick up a bottle of wine from their well-curated selection and other gourmet goods.
Address:5625 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, 27612
phone:+1 919 787 1855
Saints and Scholars Irish Pub
Nothing beats a warm homemade potato pancake stuffed with chicken in a savory sauce with onions, peas and carrots.
Whether you feel like relaxing on a patio with your dog and a Guinness or enjoying a delicious plate of fish and chips, Saints and Scholars Irish Pub has got you covered. On weekends, stop in to check out local live musicians playing for a lively crowd. Or, if you'd rather be onstage than watch a performance, visit for one of their open mic or karaoke nights. The menu is varied, featuring selections from the Mediterranean and Ireland as well as American classics.
Address:909 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh, 27609
phone:+1 919 878 8828
The OC Bar & Grill
Fusing game-day excitement with upscale decor and freshly made food, The OC Bar & Grill is a graduated take on the conventional sports bar.
Housed in the upscale Oberlin Court shopping center, The OC Bar & Grill is a sports bar with a focus on gourmet food and luxury surroundings. Where most sports bars are wood-paneled dingy dives, The OC's bright and cheery decor, huge collection of TVs dedicated to the hottest games and massive food menu of delicious creations made fresh on-site distinguishes the bar from its competition. Numerous domestic, import, craft and local brews are all available in addition to a huge selection of signature cocktails. There's something for everyone on the food menu, ranging from Tex-Mex to Italian to American and more. Perfect for a group night out to catch the game, The OC Bar & Grill can't be beat.
Address:1028 Oberlin Road, Raleigh, 27608
phone:+1 919 322 9710
Midtown Nail Spa
Treat yourself like royalty with a day of relaxation and rejuvenation at Raleigh's largest full-service nail salon.
Midtown Nail Spa is the largest nail salon in Raleigh, providing a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere for its many clients. The full-service spa offers shellac manicures and pedicures and only utilizes sterilized metal instruments. Complimentary beverages include mineral water, iced tea, soft drinks and even wine. The salon is also available for private parties.
Address:141 The Circle At North Hills, Suite 106, Raleigh, 27609
phone:+1 919 787 9778
You know what they say - college is the best time in a person's life. Live the glory days with a visit to the University of North Carolina.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the nation as it began its long history of tutelage in 1795, prior to any other charted university in the country. The University often has many events occurring throughout the year including lectures, concerts, theater productions and athletic competitions. Whether it's watching a game at Kenan Memorial Stadium or the Dean E. Smith Center; listening to a concert at Memorial Hall or performance at Playmakers Theatre; or viewing an exhibit at the Ackland Art Museum; this University has much to offer its visitors.
Address:250 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, 27514
phone:+1 919 962 2211
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The Raleigh Times
A bar, cafe and restaurant all-in-one!
With a rotating draught list from North Carolina and around the world, every time you go here you can expect something new. Their menus contain news from that day in history in Raleigh so that you can learn why we love Raleigh. The rooftop bar and sidewalk seating on a beautiful day make it just that much more enjoyable! Order their Crispy Chicken Strips to complete your visit!
Address:14 E Hargett St, Raleigh, 27601
phone:+1 919 833 0999
Compass Rose Brewery
Your one stop shop to try a variety of Raleigh craft brews.
Compass Rose carries not only their own great craft brews, but features brews from various vendors throughout Raleigh. Keeping with the local area, during the summer months Compass Rose partners with Raleigh Food Trucks to ensure that you truly experience the area. So whether you're looking to watch the game, play adult size Jenga, or my favorite, Thursday night trivia - this is your place to go!
Address:3201 Northside Dr #101, Raleigh, 27615
Boxcar Bar + Arcade
Boxcar Bar + Arcade is exactly what it says: An old school arcade mixed with a rotating draft of local craft brews!
From the moment you walk in, you will instantly feel the nostalgia of your childhood. The flashing lights and sounds from everything from PAC-MAN to Skeeball to NBA Jam will make you never want to leave! With an ever-changing draft list, each time you go will be a new experience, and of course don't forget your free popcorn.
Address:330 W Davie St, Raleigh, 27601
Fox Liqour Bar
A modern old-fashioned speakeasy.
Down the stairs and through what looks like a back entrance to nowhere takes you to a classy underground speakeasy. The bartenders are trained to make only drinks that are the best of the best. In the mood for something different? Tell the bartenders what you want, and they will handcraft you the perfect cocktail!
Address:237 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, 27601
Marbles Kids Museum
For your child, and your inner child.
With rotating exhibits, your children will never be bored. These exhibits will entertain children and adults of all ages. Finish off your day out with the family by relaxing in the Wells Fargo IMAX theatre. Love it that much? Marbles will even host your wedding reception, we're sure everyone will show up for that wedding!
Address:201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, 27601
phone:+(919) 834 4040
Big Ed's at City Market
Hometown diner made for large appetites.
Founded back in 1958, Big Ed's has been a Raleigh staple for years, and to this day uses handmade and homemade recipes. Handwritten specials each day, and real southern hospitality keep Big Ed's guests coming back. We dare you to try and eat any more than one of their pancakes, larger than your plate. If you eat three, you get a t-shirt!
Address:220 Wolfe St, Raleigh, 27601
phone:+(919) 836 9909
Any donut you'd like, made right in front of you!
Originating in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Duck Donuts brings joy to each town it's in, and Raleigh is no different. You're not going to get your standard 'off the truck' donuts here, each one you order it made there on the spot, all in plain view so you can watch the process. Mix and match your combinations, or buy a few dozen, but of course you need to order our favorite, the maple bacon!
Address:8323 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, 27613
phone:+919 847 3800
North Carolina State Capitol Building
Completed in 1840, the NC State Capitol building is brimming with a history ready to be explored.
A National Historic Landmark, the N.C. State Capitol is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of the Greek Revival style of architecture in the United States. Take a walk through the past with a self guided tour, free every weekday from 9am-5pm.
Address:1 E Edenton Street, Raleigh, 27699
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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Explore the natural wonders of North Carolina, from the depths of its ocean to its rocky mountains.
Broken into 2 major buildings located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh, the Nature Exploration Center features an array of permanent and special exhibits, live programs and educational films that appeal to audiences of all ages while the Nature Research Center makes science a tangible and enjoyable experience and helps visitors understand the practical applications of science in their daily lives.
Address:11 W Jones Street, Raleigh, 27601
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North Carolina Museum of History
Explore more than 14,000 years of N.C. history, from the state’s earliest inhabitants through the 20th century.
The NC Museum of History features fascinating exhibits to attract history buffs of all ages. Wander the halls to travel back in time to notable historic moments including the Wright Brother's first flight, the march for Civil Rights, and North Carolina's imperative role in the Civil War. Keep an eye on the website for new upcoming exhibits!
Address:5 E Edenton Street, Raleigh, 27601
phone:+919 807 7900
North Carolina Executive Mansion
The official residence of the Governor of North Carolina and their family.
Don't miss out on what has been regarded as "the most beautiful governor's residence interior in America.” Completed in 1840, the Governor's Mansion is sure to astound you with it's Victorian architecture and vivid history. Free tours of both the house and gardens are available through the Capitol Area Visitors Center. Tour reservations must be made a minimum of two weeks in advanced!
Address:200 N Blount Street, Raleigh, 27601
phone:+919 807 7950
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Falls Lake State Recreation Area
A collective of seven access areas scattered around the shoreline of this undeveloped, 12,000-acre reservoir.
Falls Lake is home to a number of public swim areas, boating ramps, quiet corners for fishing, and a network of mountain biking and hiking trails through a beautiful 7 acres of land. Stop by the park any day, any time of the year; hours may vary with the season.
Address:13304 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, 27587
phone:+919 676 1027
Frankie's Fun Park of Raleigh
Frankie's of Raleigh serves up great rides, great food and great times!
Endless excitiment awaits for kids (and adults who think they're still kids) at Frankie's Fun Park! Race at top speed on the go-kart track, climb to new heights on the Sky Trail, or team up with your friends for a game a laser tag, with no admission fee, it's pay as you play! At the end of the day, take your winnings to the redemption counter to walk away with some sweet prizes!
Address:11190 Fun Park Drive, Raleigh, 27617
phone:+919 433 7888
Poole's Downtown Diner
Modern diner with Raleigh flares!
One of many of Ashley Christensen's famous restaurants, Poole's features an ever changing menu to highlight local cuisine. Dining at the Community Table allows you to meet and interact with the great people in Raleigh.
Address:426 McDowell St., Raleigh, 27601
phone:+919 832 4477
Red Hat Amphitheater
One of Raleigh's most visited outdoor arenas for all of your live shows!
Located right in the heart of Downtown Raleigh, the Red Hat Amphitheater is a pristine outdoor arena that features an array of concerts, festivals, and events. It's location is ideal for the perfect night out as it is only steps away from many of Raleigh's finest restaurants and bars.
Address:500 S. McDowell St, Raleigh, 27601
phone:+919 996 8800
Pullen Park has something for everyone in the family all located just a few minutes from the center of Downtown Raleigh.
Pullen Park was the first public park to be opened in North Carolina and it is also one of the oldest in the country. There is a carousel, train , kiddie boats and pedal boats. This park also has an aquatic center, arts center, and a theater.
Address:520 Ashe Ave, Raleigh, 27606
Raleigh's oldest 'Neon Sign' Diner
Parkside features a full lunch and dinner menu, along with a Sunday Brunch. Enjoy your favorite diner style meals, but with a true southern twist. Pair your meal with one of their amazing craft cocktails or local NC beer.
Address:301 W. Martin St., Raleigh, 27601
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Classic Mexican dishes with a Modern flare.
From start to finish, a great experience at La Santa. Their homemade Guac and craft Margaritas alone will keep you coming back. The entire menu features classic Mexican entrees, but La Santa adds a flare to these that you won't find anywhere else.
Address:222 Glenwood Ave #107, Raleigh, 27603
phone:+919 720 4096
The Station at Person Street
A historic gas station turned restaurant and bar
What used to be an old gas station, has now turned into a great spot to meet friends for a drink, Sunday Brunch or dinner! Enjoy the beauty of Raleigh while sitting at their outdoor bar or their abundant outdoor seating.
Address:701 N. Person St., Raleigh, 27604
phone:+919 977 1567
Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern
Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern has been a cornerstone of the Raleigh restaurant scene since 1998.
Enter a world of elegance that will take you back to the 1800s as you dine at this restored Second Empire Victorian style mansion. The menu, best described as “elegant” is always fresh and changes seasonally. Do not miss the Empire Chocolate Soufflé.
Address:330 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, 27603
phone:+919 829 3663