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Best things to do in Wake County

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Art Museum
“The NC Museum of Art offers a collection spanning mare than 5,000 years, a variety of exhibitions are programs, and the nation's largest art museum park.”
148 locals recommend
Garden
“The Sarah P Duke gardens is a large area just outside the Duke Campus with so much to see. You can walk anywhere and see beautiful plants, ponds, etc. We bring a lunch, find a nice spot and have a picnic while our kids explore. There are only a few bathrooms and there is duck food available at the visitors center. (No Food or water for sale unless the snack shack happens to be open)”
87 locals recommend
Concert Hall
“Great concerts and shows. Often great last minute deals at the box office to be had!”
74 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Downtown Raleigh. Amazing museum. Free admission. 15-20 minute drive, or can get bus from Cary train station to downtown Raleigh. ”
76 locals recommend
Baseball Stadium
“Go grab a beer and a hotdog and watch Crash Davis play for the Bulls. Incredible iconic ballpark!”
72 locals recommend
Science Museum
“This is a whole day adventure! With a huge indoor museum and lots to do outside, you can do some or do it all, you will be satisfied! Food is available about half way up the outside area and you can bring your own lunch as well. ”
60 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Crabtree is a huge mall with tons of big name shopping and dining chains including; Apple, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, Chico's, Coach, Disney Store, H&M, Macy's, The Cheesecake Factory, Kanki, McCormick & Schmicks, P.F. Changs, Panera, Moe's plus so much more. ”
31 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“If you are willing to venture a little further, Southpoint is a very popular shopping venue for our area. It blends the traditional mall (like Crabtree) with a street lined shopping experience as well. There are many restaurants, shops, theaters, and even an IMAX. ”
31 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Chill coffeehouse for single-origin coffee, tea & drinking chocolate with outdoor seating.”
73 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
“Great park and playground with old carousel and train. Drum circle every Wednesday from 6:30-8 pm during the summer. Open to all!”
35 locals recommend
Brewery
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“An original in every sense of the word. One of the earliest breweries on the Durham scene, it's been a neighborhood staple since 2010. You can't go wrong with any of their award winning beers but I'm currently loving the Durham 150.”
69 locals recommend
Museum
“Great for kids and parents. Free admission with your BOA card during the weekends. ”
30 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“This is literally one of our favorite dinner places in Downtown Raleigh. LAOS’ DYNAMIC CUISINE REFLECTS THE COUNTRY’S INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE, ITS CULTURE OF GENEROSITY, AND ITS FRENCH COLONIAL PAST. LAO CUISINE IS A FLAVORFUL MARRIAGE OF THAI, VIETNAMESE, AND CHINESE COOKING REFINED BY FRENCH TECHNIQUE.”
62 locals recommend
University
“Take a walk around Duke University. Duke's campus spans over 8,600 acres on three contiguous campuses in Durham. The main campus incorporates Gothic architecture with the 210-foot (64-meter) Duke Chapel at the campus' center and highest point of elevation. East Campus, home to all first-years, contains Georgian-style architecture, while the main Gothic-style West Campus 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) away is adjacent to the Medical Center. ”
38 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Go shopping and dining at one of the nicest outdoor shopping areas in the city.”
43 locals recommend