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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.

Art Museum
“It is free to go to the main indoor art gallery, and walk the sculpture trails outside. The indoor gallery is a great air conditioned experience. The paid section usually has an interesting exhibit.”
149 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Free science museum to learn about North Carolina geography and animal habitats.”
77 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“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
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
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
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
Museum
“Great for kids and parents. Free admission with your BOA card during the weekends. ”
30 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“Go shopping and dining at one of the nicest outdoor shopping areas in the city.”
43 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Great bar food. Central location. Extensive Beer list. Great people watching. Reasonably priced.”
44 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great place to overlook the city if you love beer even if you don't. A fun atmosphere...”
33 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
Food
“The largest indoor/outdoor farmers market in the state. Great local produce and homemade baked goods.”
41 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Upscale Barbeque in Downtown Raleigh. Evreything on the menu is great and very conveniently located. Fairly casual.”
29 locals recommend
Contemporary diner with retro charm from an acclaimed chef
“Macaroni is a MUST! Owned by a James Beard award winning chef! Perfect for dinner or weekend brunch but expect a wait! Does not accept reservations. ”
42 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Home of major national artist concerts and events include the Carolina Hurricane, about a 15 minute drive. ”
39 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“"Named one of the best restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit. Also the sister restaurant to Bida Manda. Both are a must if you are here visiting. ”
34 locals recommend