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Interactive science museum with engaging exhibits for all ages, including live animals, a dinosaur section, and a focus on natural world education. Features a cafe and outdoor botanical displays.
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Art museum with classical to contemporary exhibits, accented by outdoor sculptures and a mirrored labyrinth. Features lush gardens, trails for walking and biking, and a serene park atmosphere.
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Tranquil park with a carousel, train rides, and paddle boats amidst lush gardens for picnics, birdwatching, and photography. Features play areas for children and serene spots for leisure.
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Stadium with seamless entry and legendary game atmosphere, complete with diverse local food options and excellent sight lines for hockey enthusiasts.
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  • H5297VLrebeccad
    Lakeland, FL89 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent 4 hours here including lunch at the cafe and were entertained the whole time. Wonderful, clean and fun. I would definitely recommend for families with young kids mine were 5&6
    Written June 16, 2024
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  • Nancy B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lot of different types of art is located in this art museum from African to American to European. The art is housed in two separate buildings. It has a sculpture garden as well. Highly recommend.
    Written June 5, 2024
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  • Yuliya T
    Asheville, NC155 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great park, so many great things to do. The playground is great but the carousel and train ride are incredible. We had such a great time as a family enjoyed all the activities here.
    Written June 1, 2024
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  • brandiwithay
    Cleveland, OH59 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved our time at Marbles! My 3 yo had a blast going from area to area, finding hands-on, engaging activities that piqued her curiosity. She especially enjoyed the veterinary and water areas. The sensory friendly space was a very considerate and enjoyable area as well. We really enjoyed our stay and consider this to be one of the best children’s museums we’ve visited. Don’t miss it if you have littles.
    Written June 14, 2024
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  • NW748
    Washington413 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! You can’t beat being able to go to a museum in the heart of the city for free! We started on the top floor and thought the museum was just ok, nothing very special (sports memorabilia, small kids section, etc). But then we did the exhibits on the bottom floor and loved it. Learning about NC history was interesting and the bottom floor of the museum was very well done. We enjoyed looking at old artifacts and they even had a couple of old buildings inside (not just replicas). There is also a nice gift shop on the bottom floor. There is parking on the street or in lots nearby. A great way to spend some time in the city.
    Written May 13, 2024
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  • FactotumDellaCitta
    London, UK3,878 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a large market with many different vendors of all kinds of foods, including prepared foods.
    Written December 28, 2023
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  • c5mjb
    Wake Forest, NC1,309 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is filled with visual delights. Just to wander around and observe the major plantings is awesome, and there is always somebody around to answer questions. The Japanese garden was a real treat. The park is handicap accessible for the most part. You can spend as long or as little you like, and the best part is the price, $0.00 for all. It has a small gift shop where you may obtain a free map, and there are numerous shady spots to enjoy a leisurely lunch or read a book.
    Written June 12, 2024
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  • Denise G
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went to see Toto and Journey. The venue is large, but there is not enough room between the rows to sit comfortably. My knees were digging in the back of the seat in front of me and I had to sit "stick straight". My boyfriend is tall and he had to sit with his legs spread wide apart just so he could sit in his seat. We spent more time standing up than we did sitting, so that we were more comfortable. We have been here before, and I don't remember it being that cramped. I don't know if other sections are spaced differently. We paid $40 to park, which is outrageous, and then had to walk half a mile to get to the door. On a whole, the venue is nice and offers many food and drink options, and the sound is terrific.
    Written February 20, 2024
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  • JoeK04
    Raleigh, NC224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I’ve been to Yates Mill Pond County Park close to a dozen times now, and have enjoyed each visit. My first visit I made alone in October 2017 as a photography outing. I spent considerable time photographing the vistas as I took a very leisurely stroll on the approximate one-mile loop trail around the pond, which includes an opportunity to linger at the grist mill to enjoy the historic mill and adjacent waterfall. I’ve been back on multiple occasions both with my partner (who really enjoys her time spent in nature’s true outdoors) and with our young granddaughter.

    Our granddaughter brought along her camera and spent time herself taking pictures, as we’d come across lots of turtles and, on one visit, a couple of herons in the shallow portion of the pond near the wooden bridge that spans the pond not far from the parking lot.

    We once took the longer 3-mile trail, which took us deeper into the woods behind (north of) the pond. I enjoyed that trail (a portion of which runs adjacent to a farm next door), and we came across a few serious runners and walkers along the way. The trail is wide enough (barely) to accommodate two people side by side, but when runners come through, you have to be alert. Also, this trail has a few dicy portions that require navigating wooden boards on low ground that softens after rains. I did not find it difficult to navigate, but my partner had to slow her pace to get through these spots. Also, these boarded sections must be navigated in single file.

    There is a modest amphitheater close to one side of the parking lot, and an education/information center with restrooms on the other side. Behind the info center is an area with several picnic tables with a view of the pond to enjoy a meal if you want. We’ve never toured the grist mill yet, but there are times when such tours are available. I believe fees are charged for the tours, but I’m not positive. There is no fee to walk the grounds or trails.
    Written April 22, 2024
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  • Louis F
    Altus, OK1,049 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous state park with plenty of trails to explore and lovely fall foliage. It is also free to enter which makes it even better.
    Written November 10, 2023
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  • Tyke's Travels
    Garner, NC280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My mother-in-law, my wife and I just came from a visit to the Raleigh Rose Garden. This hidden gem is a quiet and beautiful location. It is located behind the Raleigh Little Theatre. There is a parking lot nearby, but free street parking is available. There is no entrance fee to view the over 30 different varieties of roses. You may take a relaxing stroll through the gardens or follow the paved trail around the gardens. This is a must see location in Raleigh.
    Written May 7, 2024
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  • VirginiaLove2Travel
    Virginia Beach, VA494 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Started at the horseshoe farm nature preserve and we loved this trail. Some small little inclines but I thought they were doable. We only planned on riding for 2 hours as we were headed out to our next adventure. Do plan to go back and do more. It was about 92 degrees the day we rode. Lots of shaded areas but when in the sun, it was really hot so bring your hydration with you.
    Written August 28, 2023
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