When in Raleigh

Recently, Olivia Lauren, Alyssa Simone, and I visited friends and family in Raleigh, North Carolina. Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina, offers a plethora of free activities for visitors to enjoy.  

Here are ten things you can do on your visit.

1. Challenge yourself at an escape room. $40 pp

We  went to All Adventures in Research Triangle Mall, 5959 Triangle Town Blvd.

All Adventure Escape Room, Raleigh, NC

There are many others, here are two more we saw in passing:

- Nerd Escape, 117 Glenwood Ave

Nerd Escape Raleigh NC

- Room 5280, 123 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC

2. Go mini golfing. We enjoyed Adventure Landing, 3311 Capital Blvd. $10 pp.


3. Go go-karting

4. Eat! We had Mexican, Italian, Korean, Indian, and Southern dishes. There is a one stop shop for families called Morgan Street Food Hall. $10-20 per person

Restaurants included are

  1. Curry in a Hurry: Offering a variety of flavorful Indian dishes, Curry in a Hurry is a go-to spot for those craving traditional Indian cuisine.                                       curry in a hurry curry in a hurry raleigh nc

  2. Iyla's Southern Kitchen: Specializing in Southern comfort food, Iyla's Southern Kitchen serves up delicious dishes like fried chicken, mac and cheese, and collard greens.                                      Iyala's kitchen shrimp burger, iyalas kitchen, raleigh, nc
  3. Cow Bar: If you're a fan of burgers, Cow Bar is the place to be. They offer a selection of mouthwatering burgers, including vegetarian and vegan options.

  4. Morgan Street Java & Creperie: Start your day with a cup of coffee from Morgan Street Java and indulge in sweet and savory crepes for breakfast or brunch.

  5. Makus Empanadas: This restaurant serves tasty empanadas filled with a variety of delicious ingredients, perfect for a quick bite or a full meal.

  6. Oak City Fish and Chips: Craving fish and chips? Oak City Fish and Chips offers a tasty selection of seafood dishes, including their signature fish and chips combo.

  7. Raleigh Rolls: Get your sweet tooth fix at Raleigh Rolls, where you can customize your own Thai-inspired rolled ice cream with a variety of flavors and toppings.

  8. Morgan Street Pizza: Satisfy your pizza cravings at Morgan Street Pizza, where you can enjoy a range of classic and specialty pizzas made with fresh ingredients.

  9. Sassool: For Mediterranean cuisine lovers, Sassool offers a variety of Middle Eastern dishes, including hummus, falafel, shawarma, and more.

  10. The Bowls: Enjoy a healthy and customizable meal at The Bowls, where you can build your own bowl with fresh ingredients like grains, proteins, and vegetables.

Other places we ate:

Beasley's Chicken and Honey237 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601- Updated versions of fried chicken & waffles & other Southern classics in a modern setting.

Condesa Mexican Grill and Bar, 1540 Dunn Rd Suite 150, Raleigh, NC 27614

Condesa mexican grill and bar

Salt and Lime, 6006 Falls of Neuse Rd, Mexican

 Salt and Lime Raleigh NC 

Milton's Pizza14520 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614


Off the Hook Seafood Restaurant

5. Go to the NC Museum of ArtStroll through the museum's expansive outdoor park, which features a collection of sculptures and beautiful walking trails. Inside, you can admire an impressive collection of art spanning various periods and styles. FREE

NC Museum of Art

6. Go to NC Museum of Natural SciencesDiscover fascinating exhibits on wildlife, geology, and natural history. Don't miss the impressive collection of dinosaur fossils and the living coastal ecosystem exhibit. or if history is more your thing, next door is Visit the North Carolina Museum of History: Learn about the state's rich history through engaging exhibits that cover various periods and themes. From Native American artifacts to displays on the Civil War, this museum offers a fascinating journey through time. FREE

NC Museum of History

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

7. Enjoy nature at Pullen Park: This picturesque park offers free admission and is perfect for a leisurely stroll or a picnic. Enjoy the scenic lake, ride the historic carousel (small fee required), or let the kids have fun at the playground. 

8. Explore the State Capitol: Take a self-guided tour of the North Carolina State Capitol building and learn about the state's history and government. Admire the impressive architecture and beautiful grounds. FREE

9. Enjoy live music at outdoor concerts or indoor performing arts: Raleigh hosts a variety of free outdoor concerts and music festivals throughout the year. Check the local events calendar for upcoming performances in parks and public spaces. 

10. Keep cool. Go swimming in the hotel or community pool. Or get ice-cream at Cold Stone Creamery. 

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