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Best things to do in Raleigh

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.

Cinema
“If you haven't seen an IMAX movie and you would love to see one now, this is one of our best options. Enjoy! ”
17 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great lebanese food right in downtown close to the natural sciences and state history museums.”
20 locals recommend
Bar
“Small neighborhood bar next to Yellow Dog bakery. The bar looks small when you enter but has a back outdoor seating area. Nice hangout on pleasant evening. Also, it has some fun pinball and bar games.”
24 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Great Shopping Mall. This place is rarely ever busy. There are tons of restaurants at this mall! ”
7 locals recommend
Café
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“Great spot for coffee and breakfast! Literally just a block if your at our Wilmington street location. ”
23 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Cozy place for Classic Brunch with Made for the day menu (with that date on menu). One page menu always gave me hard time to pick one, since ALL sounds so good. Relaxing Live acoustics music might make you regret if you come out in basketball shorts and winkled tshirt. So, it is nice to be clasic, looked classic and dressed classic on Sunday Morning, once in awhile, regardless of how much alchol you consumed on the previous night. Their fresh Coffee and OJ will help you sobered. ”
21 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
Bar
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“Neat little bar with a speak-easy feel down a set of stairs. The music and staff are fantastic.”
22 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Big Ed's is one of the last original breakfast diners that actually feels like an old-school diner. It's part of City Market, one of the oldest areas in Downtown Raleigh. You'll enjoy cobble stone roads & walkways and fun historical pieces throughout the restaurant.”
21 locals recommend
Steakhouse
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“This is THE iconic steakhouse in the RTP area!!! It is a bit pricey, but you won't be disappointed. Well decorated and highly praised. Live music via a pianist on the top floor in the bar's lounge. Special diner prices if you eat in that area. Celebrations are a normal occurance there. They supply a free mini pound cake for your birthday or anniversary that is awesome. They are also well known for their award winning "Chess Pie". Yum! I would suggest making reservations!”
15 locals recommend
City
“Fun local Raleigh favorite store. Katie can spend at least a half hour in here browsing for local goods. ”
24 locals recommend
Food
“Fabulous bar and super close to here... about a 15 minute walk. Great casual, local vibe and awesome beer.”
18 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you are looking for a really lively jazz bar right in the heart of Raleigh, C.Grace is your hot spot. The bartenders are highly skilled mixologists. (Best Whisky Sour, ever!) The live music is superb and you will find your happy party place here. You will thank me.”
25 locals recommend
Arcade
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“If you want to have fun... they have everything from mini golf to laser tag and so much more! ”
15 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful lake with hiking trails, water craft rentals, picnics, pet friendly”
23 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Located in one of the most sought-after regions in the U.S., the Raleigh Convention Center is modern 500,000 square-foot facility with flexible accommodations for groups of 5 to 15,000. (raleighconvention.com)”
8 locals recommend