It’s no surprise that Raleigh is always atop the national best places to live lists. Affordable housing, great schools, miles of green space and a dynamic business climate create a wonderful quality of life that attracts families and singles.
As North Carolina’s capital city, Raleigh offers some of the best arts and cultural experiences in the South. Museums, state-of-the-art performance venues and nationally renowned festivals attract some of the world’s best talent to the area.
A thriving restaurant scene features diverse cuisine from Southern to Laotian from award-winning chefs. And dozens of local breweries and nightspots have contributed to Raleigh’s reputation as one of the nation’s trendiest cities for young professionals.
Internationally renowned universities and health care institutions -- along with the Research Triangle Park, the nation’s largest planned research development community -- draw people from around the world, making Raleigh a unique and diverse community.
Of course, the climate and location is highly desired by many. Miles of greenways and acres of public parks provide the background to enjoy both. And when you’re ready for a change of scenery, the beach and the mountains each are just a few hours’ drive.
The Raleigh team’s picks for the top five things to do in Raleigh, N.C.
1. Sporting Events: Referred to reverently by fans as “Tobacco Road,” the Raleigh-Durham region represents the heart of college basketball—so be prepared to take sides. The area also is home to the Carolina Hurricanes hockey franchise and two minor-league baseball teams. Regardless of sports preference, there always is an opportunity to cheer on the team.
2. Concerts: With several major venues attracting acts from all over the world, Raleigh is a music lover’s dream. Multiple music festivals occur throughout the year, including the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival each fall.
3. Museums: Kids can learn and explore the world around them at the popular Marbles Kids Museum, and the whole family can travel back in time at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and N.C. Museum of History, or appreciate the ever-changing exhibits at the N.C. Museum of Art.
4. Pullen Park: The perfect spot for a relaxing and fun day, this park features children’s activities, rides and paddle boats. The picturesque setting features lots of shaded quiet areas for a picnic or a day with your favorite book.
5. Neuse River Greenway Trail: The trail offers scenic views of the Neuse River, a winding boardwalk through wetlands, historical sights, and interpretive signs. The trail is a segment of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail that runs across North Carolina from the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks.