150 Badass Things To Do In Raleigh

There are plenty of fun things to do in Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. Fundreds has you covered with over 100 different activities to try out while you’re visiting this wonderful city.

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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Meet a scientist at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

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Nature Research Center

Explore the deep sea at Nature Research Center

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Prairie Ridge Ecostation

View wildlife at Prairie Ridge Ecostation

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Carolina Museum of Art

Appreciate art at North Carolina Museum of Art

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Pullen Park

Ride all you can at Pullen Park

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Pullen Aquatic Center

Take swimming lessons at Pullen Aquatic Center

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Marbles Kids Museum

Play and learn at Marbles Kids Museum

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North Carolina Museum Of History

See an exhibit at North Carolina Museum of History

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Neuse River Trail

Bike for miles on the Neuse River Trail

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Neuse River

Go canoeing on the Neuse River

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Jc Raulston Arboretum

Look at the lovely blooms at JC Raulston Arboretum

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State Farmers Market

Find the freshest produce at State Farmers Market

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State Farmers Market Restaurant

Have a bite of “Real Biscuits” from State Farmers Market Restaurant

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Raleigh Little Theatre Rose Garden

Smell the roses at Raleigh Little Theatre Rose Garden

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Raleigh Little Theatre

Get tickets to see the show at Raleigh Little Theatre

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Umstead State Park

Go hiking at Umstead State Park

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Big Lake Boathouse

Rent a boat at Big Lake Boathouse

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Pnc Arena

Catch the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena

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Lake Johnson Park

Have a picnic at Lake Johnson Park

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Lake Johnson Park

Go bird watching at Lake Johnson Park

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Yates Mill

Take the Corn Grinding Tour at Yates Mill

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North Carolina State University

Walk around the North Carolina State University campus

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Historic Oakwood Cemetery

Have a quiet moment at the Historic Oakwood Cemetery

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North Carolina Symphony

Watch a world class performance from the North Carolina Symphony

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Crabtree Valley Mall

Hangout at Crabtree Valley Mall

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Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour

Attend the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour

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North Carolina State Capitol Tour

Learn more about history at the North Carolina State Capitol Tour

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Carolina Ballet

Watch a magical performance from the Carolina Ballet

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Frankie’s Fun Park

Have loads of fun at Frankie’s Fun Park

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Cree Shimmer Wall

Take a look at Raleigh Convention Center’s Cree Shimmer Wall

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WRAL Azalea Gardens

Bask in the sun at WRAL Azalea Gardens

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Blue Jay Point County Park

Put on your boots and go hiking at Blue Jay Point County Park

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Raleigh Flea Market

Discover hidden treasures at Raleigh Flea Market

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Artspace

Get your creative juices flowing at Artspace

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First Friday Gallery Walk

Attend the First Friday Gallery Walk

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Mordecai House

Step back in time at the historic Mordecai House

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Trolley Pub

Hop on the Trolley Pub and have a fun tour of the city

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City Market

See the local shops at City Market

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Crank Arm Brewery

Take a free tour of Crank Arm Brewery

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North Hills

Shop and dine at North Hills

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Durant Nature Park

Enjoy the great outdoors at Durant Nature Park

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Shelley Lake Park

Go for a quick jog around Shelley Lake Park

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Lincoln Theater

Watch a concert at Lincoln Theater

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Hibernian

Savor authentic Irish grub at Hibernian

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Street Oyster Bar

Have some fresh seafood at 42nd Street Oyster Bar

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Lonerider Brewery Tour

Be an outlaw and take the Lonerider Brewery Tour

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Carter Finley Stadium

Watch a NC state football game at Carter Finley Stadium

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Triangle Town Center

Find your favorite brands at Triangle Town Center

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2nd Edition Book Sellers

Go book hunting at 2nd Edition Book Sellers

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Tin Roof Teas

Have an afternoon tea at Tin Roof Teas

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Raleigh Rickshaw

Ride the Raleigh Rickshaw and get to your next destination

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Reynolds Coliseum

Catch a game at Reynolds Coliseum

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Red Hat Amphitheater

See a rockin’ concert at Red Hat Amphitheater

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Southland Ballroom

Watch your favorite band perform at Southland Ballroom

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Theatre in the Park

Get tickets to see an original play at Theatre in the Park

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Cameron Village

Shop ’til you drop at Cameron Village

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Lake Lynn

Escape the city at Lake Lynn

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Glenwood South

Have a relaxing stroll down Glenwood South

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Contemporary Art Museum

See fascinating exhibits at the Contemporary Art Museum

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Regal Cinema

Relax and see a movie at Regal Cinema

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Raleigh Museum

Learn about the city’s past at City of Raleigh Museum

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Lassiter Mill

View the falls at Lassiter Mill

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J. S. Dorton Arena

Attend the annual State Fair at J. S. Dorton Arena

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Meredith College campus

Walk around Meredith College campus

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Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower rING

Hear the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower ring

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Hedingham Golf Club

Play a round of golf at Hedingham Golf Club

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Sacred Heart Cathedral

Visit the Sacred Heart Cathedral

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Capital Area Greenway

Go nature watching at Capital Area Greenway

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Acorn in Moore Square

Take a picture of the Acorn in Moore Square

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WRAL Balloon Fest

See big balloons floating in the sky at WRAL Balloon Fest

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House Creek Greenway Trail

Go hiking along House Creek Greenway Trail

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Fletcher Park

Wander aimlessly in Fletcher Park

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Doak Field

Catch a College baseball game at Doak Field

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Boylan Bridge Brewpub

Taste a local beer at Boylan Bridge Brewpub

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Civil War at Bennett Place

Find out the more about the Civil War at Bennett Place

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R-Line

Get around downtown aboard the R-Line

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High Point University

Sit beside Martin Luther King, Jr. at High Point University

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Goodnights Comedy Club

Laugh out loud at Goodnights Comedy Club

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Cameo Art House Theatre

Catch the latest movies at Cameo Art House Theatre

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Yancey Theatre

Watch the newest blockbusters at Yancey Theatre

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Attend the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

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Campbellton Landing Amphitheatre

See what’s happening at Campbellton Landing Amphitheatre

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Carolina Theater

Get tickets to see a show at Carolina Theater

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James B. Hunt Jr. Library

Spend a quiet afternoon at James B. Hunt Jr. Library

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Lake Raleigh

Watch the sunset at Lake Raleigh

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Moore Square

Go people watching at Moore Square

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North Carolina Birding Trail

Bring your binoculars and follow the North Carolina Birding Trail

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Berkeley Cafe

Have drinks while listening to live music at Berkeley Cafe

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Bida Manda

Taste Laotian flavor at Bida Manda

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Gonza Tacos y Tequila

Whet your appetite with Mexican fare at Gonza Tacos y Tequila

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Angus Barn

Have the best steak at Angus Barn

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Nora’s Peruvian

Try Mami Nora’s Peruvian style cooking

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Sitti

Dine at Sitti, an authentic Lebanese restaurant

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The Pit

Order a some barbecue at the Pit

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Taqueria El Toro

Have tacos, burritos and more at Taqueria El Toro

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Irregardless Cafe

Make a dinner reservation at Irregardless Cafe

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Cousins Maine Lobster

Get the freshest seafood at Cousins Maine Lobster

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Chick-fil-A

Have some yummy chicken nuggets at Chick-fil-A

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Taste Poole’s Diner’s

Taste Poole’s Diner’s mac and cheese

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The foundation

Try handcrafted beers at the Foundation

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Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Wine and dine at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

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Busy Bee Cafe

Have Sunday brunch at Busy Bee Cafe

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Raleigh Times Bar

Try Belgian pale or dark at Raleigh Times Bar

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Carolina Rollergirls

Cheer on the Carolina Rollergirls

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Raleigh Denim Workshop

Find out how jeans are made at Raleigh Denim Workshop

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Hopscotch Music Festival

Watch over a hundered bands at the Hopscotch Music Festival

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Fletcher Opera Theater

Enjoy a night filled with music at Fletcher Opera Theater

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Kennedy Theater

See your favorite musical act at Kennedy Theater

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Big Boss Brewery Tour

Learn more about beer making at the Big Boss Brewery Tour

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City Murals

Take pictures of the city’s colorful wall murals

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Carolina Modernist Houses Tour

Find your dream house at the North Carolina Modernist Houses Tour

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Tryon Palace

Take a tour of Carraway Garden at Tryon Palace

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Bahama Breeze

Have a taste of the Caribbean at Bahama Breeze

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Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Enjoy the evening breeze while watching a great performance at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

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Wild Wing Cafe

Have all you can eat wings at Wild Wing Cafe

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Mellow Mushroom

Build your own pizza at Mellow Mushroom

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Brewmasters Bar

Try what’s on tap at Brewmasters Bar

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Durham Performing Arts Center

Watch a Broadway show at Durham Performing Arts Center

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World Beer Festival

Sample the best brews at the World Beer Festival

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Sullivan’s Steakhouse

Have cocktails after a scrumptious dinner at Sullivan’s Steakhouse

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Hillsborough Street

Walk along Hillsborough Street and find great dining spots

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Fox Liquor Bar

Stop by for after dinner drinks at Fox Liquor Bar

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Jubala

Have a cup of joe at Jubala

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Renaissance Raleigh’s

Order Renaissance Raleigh’s cheesecake for dessert

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ice cream

Have a scoop of homemade ice cream

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Calvert Cafe

Get the freshest bagels and bread at Calvert Cafe

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Union Square

Find the three presidents at Union Square

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North Carolina Museum of Art

Spot The Thinker at the North Carolina Museum of Art

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Kadampa Center

Find your inner peace at Kadampa Center

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Andy and Opie

Take a selfie with Andy and Opie

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Sir Walter Raleigh Statues

Locate as many Sir Walter Raleigh statues you can find

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Buy tickets to the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

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Artsplosure

See an explosion of art and culture at Artsplosure

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Ironman

Watch Ironman 70.3 from start to finish

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First Night Raleigh

Start the year right at First Night Raleigh

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Elevation Burger

Satisfy your hunger at Elevation Burger

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Gigi’s Cupcakes

Have a little piece of heaven at Gigi’s Cupcakes

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Coquette

Experience French dining at Coquette

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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

Reserve a table at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

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Piola

Enjoy Italian pizza at Piola

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Brighton Collectibles

Buy the perfect gift at Brighton Collectibles

While there’s plenty things to see and do in Raleigh, we may have missed some things! Don’t forget to send us suggestions. And when you’re done exploring, make sure to high tail it over to Charlotte for more places to see.