The South is where it’s at y’all! In particular, things are looking bright in North Carolina with cities like Asheville, Charlotte, and Raleigh receiving national recognition as some of the country’s fastest growing cities, with Raleigh, in particular, also earning the spotlight as one of the United States’ best cities for small business.
Raleigh city planners and business leaders have helped to shape the region into an area where families not only want to live in, but visit as well. Here are just a few of the many activities in Raleigh to help keep families coming back for more.
1. Durham Central Park’s Food Truck RodeoDurham, which makes up a major portion of the greater Raleigh region (RDU), is just a short drive from Raleigh. At various dates throughout the year, regional food trucks converge onto the park for a food truck rally. According to The Wandering Sheppard, a leading food truck blog in the region, there are over 100 food trucks. While not all 100 gather for the rodeo, there are several dozen to sample from.
In addition to plenty of kid friendly food truck food, there are also fountains kids can play in, clowns, and lots of green space to run in. The food truck rodeo can get quite crowded, so I recommend going early to avoid long lines. Admission is free, but you pay for what you want to eat.
2. North Carolina Museum of HistoryMaybe a history museum doesn’t sound too exciting when you have the little ones in tow, but the North Carolina Museum of History does an excellent job at keeping children’s attention with interactive displays. Along the way, they’ll learn about the state’s storied history, covering its involvement in the revolutionary and civil wars and earlier. In addition, there are more kid friendly interests like the North Carolina sports hall of fame and a hands-on agricultural center.
Admission to the museum’s permanent exhibits is free. Some special exhibits do cost money. It varies depending on the exhibit.
3. North Carolina Museum of Natural Science
4. Dead Broke Farm
5. New Hope Valley Railroad & NC Railway Museum
Thus, the New Hope Valley Railroad & NC Railway Museum is definitely a place the whole family will enjoy! The facility has a living train museum that offers free admission. On Sundays, guests can enjoy an hour-long ride in either the steam engine or diesel train for 10 USD for adults and 7 USD for children. Or, drive the train yourself. The diesel costs 125 USD and the steam 250 USD.
There’s more than enough to do in Raleigh
In addition to the above, there are also plenty of smaller cities with quaint downtowns dotted throughout the Raleigh region that are begging further exploration. Options include not only downtown Raleigh and Durham but Hillsboro, Fearrington Village, and Chapel Hill.
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