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JC Raulston Arboretum

4301 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606
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Ranked #10 of 68 attractions in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: Part of the North Carolina State University, this eight-acre garden contains a wide variety of cold hardy temperate zone plants.
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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We spent a Sunday morning visiting the JC Raulston Arboretum. This is a gem of a place and well worth the visit. Plants and trees from everywhere in the world, acclimatized to the Southeast. If you are in need of some planting ideas for your home, or are new to this area, do yourself a favor and come here first... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Asian garden and xeriscape are particularly interesting. Our toddler loves to see the fish and frogs in the various ponds. There's a nice mix of sun and shade for different types of weather. There are some really lovely and unique trees here too.

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We've always enjoyed walking around these gardens whether it be spring, summer, winter, or fall. The gardens offer little shade so it will be hot in the summer. Be sure to check their website for the special events they offer. The restrooms are one of the cutest I have ever seen.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Even though it was a very hot day we enjoyed the Raulston Aboretum. In addition to beautiful gardens there were test gardens, where we could see some varieties of flowers that are being grown now. I believe this is connected to the University of NC. We truly enjoyed it. If you are lucky, perhaps you'll meet the couple who suggested... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I've taken a few people to here to take couples pictures and it's a great spot when it's the season. The most recent trip was during Valentine's Day week and it wasn't very green but it was winter so it was expected. We did get great shots though and the area was clean and still had pretty spots.

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Cary, North Carolina
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Bring everyone to the Arboretum! Each season is beautiful. I went on Mothers Day to see the roses, but there was so much more! Love the Japanese garden; the shade was nice. There is so much to see and plenty of room to roam along wide grassy paths or little paths between amazing tree specimens. It is so nice to... More

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Wake Forest, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Went to a symposium there and loved the atmosphere. The grounds are beautiful and the building is very unique.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed my visit here. Wonderful landscaping ideas for full sun to full shade and everything in between. Would have enjoyed it more if it weren't so hot. I would love to go back on a day with lower humidity. It would be a great place to meet up with family members and have a picnic, large grassy lawns.

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Knightdale, North Carolina
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28 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Terrific place to visit to see what types of plants grow best in our area. Lots of ideas can be had here. Not only that, it's beautifully laid out and makes for a nice way to spend a couple hours. Visits at different times of year obviously offers a whole new experience.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We had our engagement photos taken here and fell in love with the gardens. Now we bring our children to visit the gardens and we find something new each time. Bring a picnic and sit out on the open lawns then explore all the nooks of the garden. Even being right next to NC State stadium the gardens are well... More

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