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Things to do in Raleigh

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“Fantastic art museum! Take your time exploring the exhibits and don't forget to stroll along the outside trail way as well”
  • 148 locals recommend
Science Museum
“It’ awesome and it’s free! Plus afterwards you can grab a hot dog or something from one of the food trucks! ”
  • 78 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“It is a awesome mall for shopping for clothes, accessories, electronics, etc!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Delicious Asian dishes with a twist. Their sister restaurant gets all the attention now adays (brewery bhavana), but this place is where it all started. Try the spicy green drink!”
  • 62 locals recommend
Museum
“The perfect stop downtown for the history buff amongst you. Honestly, there are normally some pretty cool traveling exhibits at this museum on a regular basis. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“Paddle Boating, park scene, close to NC State University, and downtown, relaxing.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Go shopping and dining at one of the nicest outdoor shopping areas in the city.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Park
“Miles and miles of hiking trails, running trails, picnic and camping areas.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great bar food. Central location. Extensive Beer list. Great people watching. Reasonably priced.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Museum
“There is not a better place for kids in Raleigh. Check out Moore Square, right across the street as well. It has a play area and splash pad in the summer.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Bar
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“A great starting point for a beer crawl in downtown Raleigh! Afterward, visit the other bars nearby like Cornerstone. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Named one of the Best New Restaurants in America in 2018 by Food and Wine Magazine. AWESOME!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bar
“You'll have to drive to this one, but it will be well worth it. It's a small diner with delicious dishes. Don't miss their famous mac n cheese!”
  • 44 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
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“Great spot for those craving authentic NC BBQ. Very easy to access with Citrix Cycle bikes - there is a station about 1 block away from the restaurant. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A hip little place with great food! Get yourself a nice drink or favorite brew & enjoy”
  • 37 locals recommend
University
“Local University. Orientation, Parents Weekend. NCSU Friends and Family week.”
  • 22 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Asian Restaurant
“Delicious Asian dishes with a twist. Their sister restaurant gets all the attention now adays (brewery bhavana), but this place is where it all started. Try the spicy green drink!”
  • 62 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great bar food. Central location. Extensive Beer list. Great people watching. Reasonably priced.”
  • 44 locals recommend
Bar
“A great starting point for a beer crawl in downtown Raleigh! Afterward, visit the other bars nearby like Cornerstone. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Named one of the Best New Restaurants in America in 2018 by Food and Wine Magazine. AWESOME!”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bar
“You'll have to drive to this one, but it will be well worth it. It's a small diner with delicious dishes. Don't miss their famous mac n cheese!”
  • 44 locals recommend
BBQ Joint
“Great spot for those craving authentic NC BBQ. Very easy to access with Citrix Cycle bikes - there is a station about 1 block away from the restaurant. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A hip little place with great food! Get yourself a nice drink or favorite brew & enjoy”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bar
“Well, they were once voted best pizza in NC, so I'd say that's a total win (and YES! Their pizza is increds!!)”
  • 38 locals recommend

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