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Best of Raleigh Guide

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Raleigh
If you're looking for a getaway that's fun for the whole family and easy on your pocket, look no further than Raleigh. With more than 20 free attractions, this stately and energetic capital city offers an affordable way to enjoy history, culture and the good old outdoors. Spend the day hopping between the three state museums of art, history and natural sciences: all offer free admission. Visitors are free to wander around the grounds of the State Capitol, where they can also observe the legislative process. Stroll past the graves of Civil War generals at a historic cemetery or meander along cobblestone streets of City Market. Shop for the greenest broccoli, reddest apples and tastiest homemade treats around at the... more If you're looking for a getaway that's fun for the whole family and easy on your pocket, look no further than Raleigh. With more than 20 free attractions, this stately and energetic capital city offers an affordable way to enjoy history, culture and the good old outdoors. Spend the day hopping between the three state museums of art, history and natural sciences: all offer free admission. Visitors are free to wander around the grounds of the State Capitol, where they can also observe the legislative process. Stroll past the graves of Civil War generals at a historic cemetery or meander along cobblestone streets of City Market. Shop for the greenest broccoli, reddest apples and tastiest homemade treats around at the State Farmers Market. With over 150 parks, lakes and green ways in Raleigh alone, there is ample opportunity to enjoy golf, biking, swimming, boating and other outdoor adventures. less

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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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... 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
Attraction type: Natural History Museums; Science Museums
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Neuse River Trail
Neuse River Trail
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Pullen Park
Pullen Park
Attraction type: Parks
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North Carolina Museum of Art
North Carolina Museum of Art
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... 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
Attraction type: Art Museums
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Marbles Kids Museum
Marbles Kids Museum
Owner description: Marbles Kids Museum is a hands-on, interactive destination that inspires children to be creative thinkers, active learners and confident individuals in today's world. With five... more Owner description: Marbles Kids Museum is a hands-on, interactive destination that inspires children to be creative thinkers, active learners and confident individuals in today's world. With five galleries and two outdoor escapes, there is no shortage of activity for kids birth to 12 and their families. The campus also features the Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles Kids Museum. This 267-seat giant-screen experience is the only 3D capable IMAX theatre in North Carolina. less
Attraction type: Children's Museums; Science Museums; History Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

St Jacques French Cuisine
St Jacques French Cuisine
Ranked #1 of 1,214 restaurants in Raleigh
Price: $31 - $40
Cuisines: French
Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Neomonde Raleigh Cafe / Market
Neomonde Raleigh Cafe / Market
Ranked #2 of 1,214 restaurants in Raleigh
Price:
Cuisines: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
Bida Manda
Bida Manda
Ranked #3 of 1,214 restaurants in Raleigh
Price:
Cuisines: Asian, Thai, Vietnamese, International
Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Machu Picchu Peruvian Cuisine
Machu Picchu Peruvian Cuisine
Ranked #4 of 1,214 restaurants in Raleigh
Cuisines: Peruvian
Dining options: Reservations
18 Seaboard
18 Seaboard
Ranked #5 of 1,214 restaurants in Raleigh
Price:
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

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Candlewood Suites Wake Forest Raleigh Area Hotel
2.0 of 5
Candlewood Suites Wake Forest Raleigh Area Hotel
$91 - $128
Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Wake Forest
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Island Inn
Island Inn
$65 - $125
Ranked #1 of 2 hotels in Surf City
BEST WESTERN Butner Creedmoor Inn
BEST WESTERN Butner Creedmoor Inn
$91 - $98
Ranked #1 of 4 hotels in Creedmoor
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Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport-Brier Creek
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport-Brier Creek
$93 - $189
Ranked #6 of 80 hotels in Raleigh
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Candlewood Suites Raleigh - Crabtree
2.0 of 5
Candlewood Suites Raleigh - Crabtree
$84 - $122
Ranked #7 of 80 hotels in Raleigh
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Wingate by Wyndham State Arena Raleigh/Cary
2.5 of 5
Wingate by Wyndham State Arena Raleigh/Cary
$95 - $157
Ranked #15 of 80 hotels in Raleigh
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