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Parks & nature in Raleigh

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
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
Park
“THE park to visit in Raleigh. It's a forest in the middle of the city with countless trail options. ”
37 locals recommend
Park
“About a mile away is the city's largest park. It has great open spaces for a nice afternoon picnic.”
23 locals recommend
Garden
“The JC Raulston Arboretum is a 10-acre arboretum and botanical garden administered by North Carolina State University, and located at 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina. It is open daily to the public without charge.”
16 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful lake with hiking trails, water craft rentals, picnics, pet friendly”
23 locals recommend
Lake
“A beautiful lake setting just 2 miles away from the Dutch Retreat with a paved 2 mile path around the lake. All sorts of floral and fauna. In the spring, be on the look out for the Bald Eagles raising their chicks. Shelley Lake is a popular place for bikers, runners and walkers (whether it be dog walking, stroller walking or just plain walking). ”
15 locals recommend
Park
“This spot is a great place to bring a bottle of wine and a picnic lunch. Sit among the roses, throw a frisbee. (Bonus - its right next to Raleigh Little Theatre - catch a local play!)”
14 locals recommend
Park
“Open walking park directly across Glenwood Avenue from the neighborhood; only five minute walk from cottage house”
14 locals recommend
Park
“If you have kids along you should definitely go - 5 min drive ! Paddleboats, glass enclosed carousel, walking trails, pavilions, snack stands, pond, etc. It's a nice place for anyone!”
10 locals recommend
Park
“My favorite place to walk, run, hike, kayak. It is a beautiful park with many different things to do. ”
8 locals recommend
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“Yates Mill has been preserved and updated with an information center . A nice place to take a walk.”
2 locals recommend
Park
“Raleigh's urban state park, great trails for running and hiking, offers canoe and boat rental and even camping. This is the center of the Research Triangle, geographically, but feels miles away from all. ”
5 locals recommend
Park
“One block away. This property was once a part of the largest plantation in Wake County. Check the website for special events and tours: raleighnc.gov/museums”
8 locals recommend
Park
“237-acre preserve with woodlands, lakes & wildlife, plus hiking & mountain biking trails & fishing. (GOOG)”
5 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Wonderful hiking / walking trails. A great place to "get away" to nature while still in the city. ”
8 locals recommend