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Top 5 Things to Do in Raleigh, North Carolina

Deepa Kartha Sep 28, 2019
The capital city of North Carolina, Raleigh is known as the City of Oaks, as you would see oak trees almost everywhere you go. The city is the perfect amalgamation of history and modernity, making it an interesting place to visit.

Discover Natural Sciences

Those interested in science and nature would be delighted to visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

This unique museum is home to more than 25 interactive exhibits that would interest adults and kids alike. Also, it is one of the free things to do in Raleigh, as there is no admission fee to enter this museum.
This Museum of Natural Sciences is divided into two: Nature Exploration Center and Nature Research Center. The Nature Exploration Center has exhibits that range from prehistoric NC to natural treasures of NC. The Nature Research Center has a planet theater, investigate labs, an aquarium and live animals as well.
Do not forget to visit the cafes for some delicious food and the gift shop to get a souvenir in the memory of your visit. A day at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences would be both, interesting and inspirational.

Spend a Day at Pullen Park

Museums and galleries of Raleigh are amazing, but do enjoy the natural beauty of the place with a visit to Pullen Park. This 66 acre park has an amusement arcade, with a carousel, water boats for kids, miniature train, pedal boats, etc.
The park also has an aquatic center, play area, outdoor sports, cafe, arts center and an outdoor theater. It is perfect for a picnic with your family or partner.

You can easily spend an entire day at Pullen Park without getting bored. The park transforms itself according to the seasons, and you would find something exciting every season.

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Visit the North Carolina State Capitol

The North Carolina State Capitol is a place where history meets art. The building itself is interesting, as it symbolizes of Green Revival-style architecture in the USA.
Entry to the museum is free and you can choose to go on a guided or self-guided tour as per your preference. Home to several remarkable sculptures, plaques, statues and busts, this museum honors the lives of important people as well as the significant events in the history of North Carolina.
Outside the museum, you would find bronze statues of three Presidents of the USA who were born in North Carolina.

Learn and Have Fun at Marbles Kids Museum

It becomes difficult to keep children engaged and entertained while on a holiday. But with North Carolina's Marbles Kids Museum, you do not have to worry about this.

Created for kids aged 10 and under, this museum brings together play and learning in the best possible way.

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There are several interactive exhibits where children can learn to make their own music, indulge in painting, craft and sculpturing, etc.

Art Loft, Power 2 Play, Splash, Tree Tunes, etc. are the most popular zones at the Marbles Kids Museum. There is also an IMAX theater that plays both popular and educational movies.

Revel in the History of North Carolina

A visit to North Carolina Museum of History should be on your itinerary. The museum has exhibits that give you a glimpse of the history of the state, right from 12,000 BC to 20th century.

You would be impressed to see the real-size replica of the 1903 Wright Flyer airplane, an actual cannon found from the Blackbeard's flagship, historic homes, etc.
One of the most important exhibits is The Story of North Carolina, which is narrated using recreated environments, multimedia presentations, dioramas, interactive exhibits, etc. You would also get insight about the life during Civil War, World War II, etc.

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Filled with museums, art galleries and beautiful parks, the city of Raleigh would not fail in capturing your hearts.