The Southeast’s largest natural history museum offers four floors of exhibits and the new Nature Research Center, an 80,000-square-foot wing focused on scientists working in the public eye. Highlights include the world’s most complete Acrocanthosaurus dinosaur and the three-story, multimedia Daily Planet.
A historic neighborhood of lovingly-restored Victorian and early 20th-century homes in a great variety of styles and sizes, many with beautiful gardens. This 30-block area to the east of the 100-700 blocks of Person Street may be enjoyed by driving or walking; self-guided walking tour brochures available at the Greater Raleigh Visitor Information Center. Annual Spring Tea and Garden Tour and Christmas Candlelight Tour offer opportunities to enter homes and gardens.
The 174-acre wildlife park features Wake County's last operating 18th-century, water-powered gristmill. The mill is supported by a 16-foot-tall stone dam and a 24-acre pond. The park features a 16,000-square-foot visitor center with exhibit hall and the surrounding natural areas include over three miles of hiking trails.
Internationally recognized as one of the premier collections of trees and shrubs, this stunning garden displays over 6,000 different kinds of plants from around the world. Stroll through Asian Valley, Japanese and rooftop gardens, plant collections and more.
Marbles Kids Museum delivers purposeful play in a big way! Children imagine, discover and learn in dozens of interactive exhibits, daily educational programs, field trips, birthday parties and special events. Kids connect, communicate and create through extraordinary adventures in play. For children birth to 10.
Bida Manda is a thoughtful and sharp gathering place celebrating the diverse food traditions of Laos. Opened in the Moore Square district of downtown Raleigh as one of the first Laotian restaurants in the United States, and named the best restaurant in the state by Business Insider.
Tradition, family and freshly prepared food are the tenets of Neomonde, a tried and true favorite of locals. Every dish on Neomonde’s traditional Lebanese/Mediterranean menu is prepared in strict accordance with traditional methods, and what you get is a dining experience like no other.
The Roast Grill is another only-in-Raleigh institution. The Roast Grill pretty much serves one thing–grill-blackened Southern-style hot dogs. The weiners come topped with mustard, chili, onions and slaw. They don’t have–or need–ketchup, relish, mayonnaise, cheese, French fries or chips. Sodas are available in old-fashioned returnable bottles. Those with a sweet tooth will find gum, candy and homemade pound cake or baklava.
Nestled in the agriculturally rich area of central North Carolina, Herons Executive Chef Scott Crawford’s modern American cuisine pays tribute to the finest North Carolina and Southern farmers and artisans, as well as to Herons’ own herb garden. The restaurant is located in The Umstead Hotel and Spa, which itself has received the AAA Five-Diamond Award and Forbes Five-Star Rating.
Second Empire is a four-year recipient of the AAA Four-Diamond Award, the Distinguished Restaurants of North America Award and a nine-year recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Located in the elegantly restored Dodd-Hinsdale House, Second Empire combines history, atmosphere and gourmet cuisine for an unforgettable dining experience.
Boasting the most beers on draft in the world, the Raleigh Beer Garden is home to more than 366 taps as well as a full liquor bar and handcrafted food. The RBG features a different selection of beers on each of its three levels, and patrons can enjoy rooftop views of Raleigh's vibrant Glenwood South District.
Paneled in dark wood, this comfy retreat is a great spot after a long day of classes across the street at N.C. State University or for meeting up after a day of touring or business. The laid-back atmosphere is accompanied by a good selection of beers and a full bar. If the setting feels familiar, it could be because Kevin Costner and Tim Robbins drank here in the movie "Bull Durham."
Experience some of North Carolina’s most spectacular shopping, dining and entertainment. Shop the state’s only Saks Fifth Avenue, plus Dillard’s, Hudson Belk, Macy’s, Sears and more than 150 additional shops and restaurants. Children can play at Curiosity Creek, dine indoors at Creekside Cafes or outdoors at Triangle Town Commons.
Raleigh-Durham (RDU) International Airport, consistently ranked among the most efficient airports in North America, serves Raleigh and the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. RDU is located along the western edge of Wake County, nearest to Morrisville, The Research Triangle Park and Cary: it is midway between downtown Raleigh and downtown Durham. RDU’s two main terminals (Terminal 1 and Terminal 2) currently offer more than 350 daily arrivals and departures on eight major airlines. The airport also provides the latest technology, dining, shopping and services to make your travel experience more convenient and enjoyable. At RDU, arriving passengers find a variety of transportation options, ranging from shuttles to airport taxis to rental cars to buses and other transportation services. Transportation from the airport to the Raleigh city center can be provided by: • limousine and shuttle services, prices and ride times vary, must be prearranged • rental cars, prices vary, 15-20 minutes, nine agencies available at RDU • taxi, $30-$40, 15-20 minutes, available 24 hours • transit bus service, $2, 35-40 minutes, 6:05 a.m. to 9:40 p.m. (Monday through Saturday)
Local Traffic The Raleigh area is easily accessible by car from Interstate 40 and navigable via the Interstate 440 beltline and Interstate 540 loop. A rental car is recommended for visitors arriving by air and wishing to do sightseeing outside of downtown Raleigh. As the city of Raleigh is spread over more than 295 square km and Greater Raleigh is spread over more than 2 154 square km, it is not easy to navigate by bicycle and may become expensive to travel by taxi. There is no rapid transit system in the area. Downtown Raleigh Transit (free) • R-LINE (downtown circulator bus), FREE, Tel: +1 919 485 RIDE, www.yourhere.com • Raleigh Rickshaw, FREE (tip suggested), Tel: +1 919 623 5555 • Crank Arm Rickshaw, Tel: +1 919 995 5561 Local Transit Bus Service ($4 for regional day pass to be used across all services) • Capital Area Transit (CAT), Tel: +1 919 485 RIDE, www.raleighnc.gov • Cary Transit (C-Tran), Tel: +1 919 481 2020, www.townofcary.org • Triangle Transit Authority (TTA) , Tel: +1 919 485 RIDE, www.triangletransit.org
There are more than 25 post offices in Greater Raleigh. Here are a few nearest to Raleigh hotel locations and attractions (see www.usps.com for more): Avent Ferry Location 2100 Lake Dam Road, Raleigh, NC 27606 +1 919 420 5230 Hours: 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday; 9 am to 12 pm, Saturday Cameron Village Location 505 Oberlin Road, Suite 110, Raleigh, NC 27605 +1 919 420 5230 Hours: 9 am to noon, 1 pm. to 4 pm, Monday through Friday
Extended-Hour Pharmacies CVS Address: 3914 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh Tel: +1 919 876 5600 www.cvs.com Rite Aid Address: 3432 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh Tel: +1 919 781 9571 www.riteaid.com Walgreens Apex Location Address: 511 W. Williams Street, Apex Tel: +1 919 363 1471 Fuquay-Varina Location Address: 1401 N. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina Tel: +1 919 567 2846 Raleigh Location Address: 4408 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh Tel: +1 919 231 6419 www.walgreens.com Emergency Dentistry Michael T. Jones, D.M.D., P.A., and Associates Raleigh: +1 919 835 1710 Cary: +1 919 468 2030