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Ranked #1 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
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Ranked #2 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Natural History Museums; Science Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Southeast's largest natural history museum features dinosaurs, whale skeletons, live animals, walk-through dioramas,... more » Owner description: The Southeast's largest natural history museum features dinosaurs, whale skeletons, live animals, walk-through dioramas, special exhibits, hands-on science education and accessible scientists. IMLS National Medal Finalist, 2014. « less
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Ranked #3 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #4 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: One of the leading art museums in the American South, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) recently completed a major,... more » Owner description: One of the leading art museums in the American South, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) recently completed a major, three-year expansion that places it in the front ranks of museums nationwide. The NCMA offers a permanent collection spanning more than 5,000 years, a variety of celebrated exhibitions and public programs, an amphitheater for outdoor performances, and the nation’s largest museum park—164 acres of trails and parkland containing major works of art. « less
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Ranked #5 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Owner description: Explore more than 14,000 years of North Carolina history, from the state's earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. The... more » Owner description: Explore more than 14,000 years of North Carolina history, from the state's earliest inhabitants through the 20th century. The major exhibition The Story of North Carolina features fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations, and an interactive format for all ages. Other exhibits highlight the state's military history, sports heroes, decorative arts and more. Monthly programs include children's programs, craft demonstrations and family events. The Museum Shop, featuring North Carolina crafts, and the on-site restaurant Pharaoh's at the Museum are open daily. Admission is free, although some special exhibits require a fee. Free parking is available on weekends in the Jones/Edenton Street lot. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. « less
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Ranked #6 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Gardens; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Part of the North Carolina State University, this eight-acre garden contains a wide variety of cold hardy temperate zone... more » Owner description: Part of the North Carolina State University, this eight-acre garden contains a wide variety of cold hardy temperate zone plants. « less
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Ranked #7 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; State Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Sandwiched between downtown Raleigh and the airport, this oasis of green features a stand of 300+ year-old hardwood trees,... more » Owner description: Sandwiched between downtown Raleigh and the airport, this oasis of green features a stand of 300+ year-old hardwood trees, more than 32 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, camp sites and lots more for nature lovers. « less
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Ranked #8 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Educational Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #9 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Ranked #10 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Educational Sites; Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #11 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
Scenic garden adjacent to a popular community theater is used frequently for weddings and other special events.
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Ranked #12 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Cemeteries; Cultural
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Ranked #13 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
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Ranked #14 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Theaters & Stadiums
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Ranked #15 of 55 attractions in Raleigh

Burning Coal Theatre Company's Meymandi Theatre at the Murphey School offers an inspiring, interactive theatre experience.  Enjoy professional performances in an intimate setting... more »

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Ranked #16 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Convention Centers; Other
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Ranked #17 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Historic Sites; Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods; Cultural
Owner description: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this scenic neighborhood features restored Victorian-style homes built... more » Owner description: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this scenic neighborhood features restored Victorian-style homes built between 1870 and 1912. « less
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Ranked #18 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Amusement/ Theme Parks; Amusement Parks
Owner description: Frankie's serves up Great Rides, Great Food, and Great Times. Go-Karts, Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Amusement Rides, Laser... more » Owner description: Frankie's serves up Great Rides, Great Food, and Great Times. Go-Karts, Miniature Golf, Bumper Boats, Amusement Rides, Laser Tag, Batting Cages, and an awesome Arcade are part of our mega mix of fun. We've got it all. Sized up for little kids, big kids, and those who still think they're kids.Frankie's also features Frankie's Restaurant with a full service bar! Great food to go with great times!Frankie's... the Triangle Area's premier place for FUN.Call ahead for Group Rates and Reservations!Open late every night during the summer!! « less
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Ranked #19 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Architectural Buildings; Government Buildings; Landmarks

One of the claims to fame of the North Carolina State Capital Building is that it is the most haunted of all state capitals.  When first occupied it held all three branches of the... more »

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Ranked #20 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens; Cultural
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Ranked #21 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Art Galleries; Museums
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Ranked #22 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Theaters & Stadiums
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Ranked #23 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Historic Sites; Museums
Owner description: Built circa 1770, Joel Lane’s home is a jewel of Georgian mid-Atlantic colonial architecture. It was fully restored and... more » Owner description: Built circa 1770, Joel Lane’s home is a jewel of Georgian mid-Atlantic colonial architecture. It was fully restored and furnished in the 1970s and is open for tours led by costumed docents. The site consts of three buildings and gardens: the museum, an adjacent 1790 middle-class dwelling, called the "Kitchen," beautiful herb and formal neo-colonial gardens, and a circa 1840 Visitors Center beckon visitors to enter a by-gone world. The buildings are filled with period furnishings and artifacts and paint a vivid picture of Colonel Joel Lane (1739-1795) and colonial life in the Carolina backcountry of 1770-1795. « less
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Ranked #24 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Malls; Cultural
Owner description: A French Village in NorthEast Raleigh featuring restaurants, retail shops and a indoor/outdoor market. Great atmosphere and... more » Owner description: A French Village in NorthEast Raleigh featuring restaurants, retail shops and a indoor/outdoor market. Great atmosphere and outdoor diniing. « less
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Ranked #25 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Historic Walking Areas; Neighborhoods; Cultural

The quaint shopping area called City Market was built in 1915 and is only three blocks east of the main street in downtown Raleigh (Fayetteville St), so it's convenient to... more »

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Ranked #26 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Architectural Buildings; Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: This 37,500-square-foot grand mansion, built during the late 1800s in the Queen Anne-style of Victorian architecture, is home... more » Owner description: This 37,500-square-foot grand mansion, built during the late 1800s in the Queen Anne-style of Victorian architecture, is home to the governor of North Carolina and his family. Although the mansion itself is currently closed to the general public, free tours of the grounds are still available. « less
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Ranked #27 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
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Ranked #28 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #29 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Gardens; Outdoors
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Ranked #30 of 55 attractions in Raleigh
Category: Architectural Buildings; Flea/ Street Markets; Landmarks
Flea market open weekends at the fairgrounds.
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