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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

All things to do » Things to do

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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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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Pullen Park
Pullen Park
Attraction type: Parks
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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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North Carolina Museum of History
North Carolina Museum of History
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... 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
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Bida Manda
Bida Manda
Ranked #1 of 1,380 Restaurants in Raleigh
Price:
Cuisines: International, Asian, Thai, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neomonde Raleigh Cafe & Market
Neomonde Raleigh Cafe & Market
Ranked #2 of 1,380 Restaurants in Raleigh
Price:
Cuisines: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Middle Eastern, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Gonza Tacos y Tequila
Gonza Tacos y Tequila
Ranked #3 of 1,380 Restaurants in Raleigh
Price: $8 - $15
Cuisines: Mexican, Southwestern, South American, Central American, Latin
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Bad Daddy's Burger Bar
Bad Daddy's Burger Bar
Ranked #4 of 1,380 Restaurants in Raleigh
Cuisines: American, Bar
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Big Ed's City Market Restaurant
Big Ed's City Market Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 1,380 Restaurants in Raleigh
Price: $7 - $30
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Value Place Raleigh North
2.5 of 5
Value Place Raleigh North
$40 - $90
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Additional nearby recommended accommodations:

Country Hearth Inn Knightdale
Country Hearth Inn Knightdale
$75 - $84
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Knightdale
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BEST WESTERN PLUS Cary Inn - NC State
2.5 of 5
BEST WESTERN PLUS Cary Inn - NC State
$74 - $96
Ranked #11 of 22 Hotels in Cary
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hampton Inn and Suites Raleigh/Cary-I-40 (PNC Arena)
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn and Suites Raleigh/Cary-I-40 (PNC Arena)
$107 - $195
Ranked #4 of 83 Hotels in Raleigh
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Fairfield Inn & Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport/Brier Creek
2.5 of 5
Fairfield Inn & Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport/Brier Creek
$96 - $171
Ranked #6 of 83 Hotels in Raleigh
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Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport-Brier Creek
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport-Brier Creek
$107 - $214
Ranked #7 of 83 Hotels in Raleigh
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Nearby recommended accommodations:

The Umstead Hotel and Spa
5.0 of 5
The Umstead Hotel and Spa
$403 - $593
Ranked #1 of 22 Hotels in Cary
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The Mayton Inn
4.0 of 5
The Mayton Inn
$188 - $247
Ranked #9 of 22 Hotels in Cary
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