take a day trip to raleigh, north carolina
June 28, 2015Brunswick Forest
Brunswick Forest’s prime location, just minutes from Wilmington and area beaches, is just a short drive away from one of the South’s most vibrant cities: Raleigh, North Carolina. As a resident of Brunswick Forest, you will have easy access to this great city which boasts fantastic shopping, museums, sports, and opportunities to enjoy the area’s natural beauty.
Raleigh’s enormous State Farmer’s Market is open daily and offers consumers everything from produce and plants to imported home goods from around the globe. Visit the State Farmer’s Market for a true taste of North Carolina with the freshest meats and produce from local area farmers. Raleigh also boasts some of the area’s best shopping malls with the Crabtree Valley Mall, the Triangle Town Center and the Cameron Village Shopping Center.
Raleigh’s North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offers both rotating and fixed exhibits on the state’s unique natural features. General admission to all facilities is free and the museum has a family-friendly atmosphere. Current exhibits include the Prairie Ridge Ecostation, and “Dig it! The Secrets of Soil.”
The North Carolina Museum of Art provides a variety of programs to suit guests of all ages. The museum offers daily public tours, events and an outdoor park with outside art exhibits and nature trails.
Raleigh’s Marbles Kids Museum is the perfect place to take your young children or grandchildren for a day of fun and adventure. The museum has an IMAX 3D theater as well as hands-on exhibits, seasonal events and a summer camp.
The North Carolina Museum of History is another fantastic addition to Raleigh’s thriving cultural arts scene. Entrance to the museum’s general exhibits is free of charge and specialty exhibits can been viewed with a small entry fee. New exhibits this year include “History of the Harvest,” an outdoor exhibit that explains the importance of agriculture throughout the state’s long history. “Starring North Carolina!” is another new exhibit that is the state’s first major exhibit about the role North Carolina has played in the nation’s film industry.
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University is the perfect place for a summer afternoon stroll. Guests can enjoy this nationally-acclaimed garden which features a wide array of plant species. The garden also has rotating events, guided tours and special classes.
Raleigh’s Neuse River Trail runs 28 miles from the Falls Lake Dam to the Wake County line, making it the longest greenway trail in North Carolina. This paved asphalt path includes several river crossings and two unique suspension bridges which offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy the natural features of the Southeast and its wildlife.
The William B. Umstead State Park is the perfect place to take in nature this summer through camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, paddleboating, canoeing or horseback riding. This 5,579-acre park is one of the city’s best hidden treasures and is a must-see on your next visit to Raleigh.
Raleigh is the home city for a number of fantastic sports teams, and is the hub for NCAA excitement during the college basketball season. The Raleigh-Durham Triangle area is home to several Division I school teams including the Duke Blue Devils, NC State Wolfpack, NCCU Eagles and the North Carolina Tar Heels. The city’s PNC Arena is the home arena for not only the NC State Wolfpack but also the city’s hockey team, the Carolina Hurricanes. Raleigh’s other major stadium, the Carter-Finley Stadium, holds NC State Wolfpack baseball games each spring and summer.