Raleigh, North Carolina Top 10 Attractions

Raleigh has plenty of places for you and the kids to enjoy days filled with amusement. You can decide to take them to the Marbles Kids Museum or head over to Dead Broke Farm for horseback rides or hiking on the trails. Maybe you are vacationing with adults and Poole's Downtown Diner sounds like the right spot for a cocktail. You can enjoy some good, outdoor fun with Pullen Park and Neuse River Trail or take in a little history at Historic Oakwood and the Historic Oakwood Cemetery. Gathered below are the top ten attractions for the area and are sure to keep you busy.

1: The Pour House Music Hall

The Pour House Music Hall

This is your music and beer venue that offers the biggest variety of both entities. It holds daily acts ranging from blues to rock, and its extensive beers list on tap is impressive and delicious. No matter your preference in music or drinks, this place is sure to please and you might end up staying longer than expected!

Address: 224 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2: Poole's Downtown Diner

Poole's Downtown Diner

Poole's is where classy dining experience meets the famous comfort foods of the south. The location is one of the other best parts about this place, being seated in the middle of all the action downtown. Have lunch or dinner and take time before and after to stroll the streets of downtown, window shop, or pop into one of Raleigh's quaint downtown cafes or shops to look around.

Address: 426 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3: Dead Broke Farm

Dead Broke Farm

Dead Broke Farm has it all: horses, horse rides, scenery, wooded trails. It doesn't matter if you're a professional or not because Dead Broke Horse Farm has over 75 horses for every kind of experience level. Take a day to explore the 110 acres of wood trails on horseback and come home with some exciting stories to tell!

Address: 6921 Wildlife Trail, Raleigh, NC 27613

4: Marbles Kids Museum

Marbles Kids Museum

This is the most hands-on, eclectic experience you could ever ask for if you have children. Not only does Marbles Kids Museum have an IMAX Theater, it even offers an exhibit called Kid Grid, an energy exhibit where kids can explore how energy is produced and make it themselves! In the Around Town and Splash exhibits, children will discover the power of water and the tiny version of Raleigh's city as they take charge and experiment. There are nine permanent exhibits here that will challenge and build imagination all day long!

Address: 201 E Hargett St, Raleigh, NC 27601

5: Neuse River Trail

Neuse River Trail

Here is a biking trail that suits everyone from amateurs to seasoned bikers. The rolling hills and trees make for some fantastic scenery to accompany your ride and the lack of cars doesn't hurt either, making this quite the getaway if you're looking to ditch the city for a while.

Address: Neuse River Trail, Raleigh, NC 27610

6: Historic Oakwood

Historic Oakwood

Oakwood is a neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most homes here are Victorian-style that were built between the years of 1870 and 1912. It's one of the most scenic neighborhoods in the city and a perfect choice for a few hours of strolling the streets and picture taking.

Address: Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601

7: Pullen Park

Pullen Park

This is a beautiful park located west of downtown and next to the North Carolina State University's campus. Here you can explore over 66 acres of Carolina foliage, picnic areas, and even rides. Pullen Park offers a carousel, a train, and some kiddie boats if you're there with the family, so be ready for an afternoon of on-the-go fun.

Address: 408 Ashe Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606

8: PNC Arena

PNC Arena

PNC Arena is a great way to take in the local culture and love for its teams. You can catch a Hurricanes game for a pretty cheap price during appreciation nights and concerts are held fairly regularly too. Wolfpack games are also very popular and are sure to deliver an entertaining evening.

Address: 1400 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

9: North Carolina State Capitol Building

North Carolina State Capitol Building
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Ron Cogswell

The big draw for the state capitol building has nothing to do with its architecture, artwork or political significance. The building's fame is linked to it being considered the most haunted of all state capitols. If you're brave enough to make it past the statue and portrait of George Washington and to explore the interior, you just might be able to attest to this eerie claim.

Address: 1 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10: Historic Oakwood Cemetery

Historic Oakwood Cemetery

Founded in 1869, this cemetery's history began with just two and a half acres allotted for the Confederate Army. There are plenty of notable names to explore here, and those coupled with the dates and descriptions on the gravestones tell a very interesting tale. There are even tours offered if you're looking to do less of the work in exploring the story on your own and wish to relax, peruse, and listen as you admire the old tombstones.

Address: 701 Oakwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601

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