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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
“The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh serves the people of North Carolina and all visitors as a top destination for compelling encounters with art, inside and out. A stunning permanent collection, and high-profile traveling exhibitions come through here. The sculpture garden is vast and modern. If you are lucky enough to be here in summer, their summer music series is contemporary, bustling, and the setting is gorgeous. Bring a picnic. If you plan to imbibe, buy your alcohol there, they don’t let you haul it in. ”
  • 148 locals recommend
Science Museum
“North Carolina’s most visited museum and the largest institution of its kind in the southeast, including a living collection and butterfly garden.”
  • 79 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
“Founded in 1887 Pullen Park is the first public park in North Carolina, 5th oldest operating amusement park in the U.S. and 16th oldest in the world. Rent a pedalboat or ride the historic carousel. Playground for kids. ”
  • 38 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
“A great place to play or relax and watch an IMAX movie. Our kids love this place!”
  • 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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“Asian fusion, dim sum and brewery all in one. Classy and very tasty. My favorite dishes are scallion pancakes with bone marrow and coconut & oxtail jam, bao buns, crab fried rice, and lo mein noodles.”
  • 43 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!”
  • 43 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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“I highly recommend this place for brunch and southern food affair. Their specialty is fried chicken, waffles, and honey (all in one dish). I did not believe that this mix could be tasty but boy how I was wrong. They also have great tasting fried chicken sandwiches (spicy too), sides, and cocktails.”
  • 38 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
“Asian fusion, dim sum and brewery all in one. Classy and very tasty. My favorite dishes are scallion pancakes with bone marrow and coconut & oxtail jam, bao buns, crab fried rice, and lo mein noodles.”
  • 43 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!”
  • 43 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
“I highly recommend this place for brunch and southern food affair. Their specialty is fried chicken, waffles, and honey (all in one dish). I did not believe that this mix could be tasty but boy how I was wrong. They also have great tasting fried chicken sandwiches (spicy too), sides, and cocktails.”
  • 38 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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