Visiting Downtown Cary: What To See & Do [Day-Trip Ideas]

Downtown Cary has grown so much over the recent years and now has a lot of offer in terms of art, fun activities, shopping, and of course plenty of food options. Recent additions such as the new downtown park and extensive renovations to the Cary Theater have quickly turned the formerly sleepy downtown area into a hub of activity for couples, families, and solitary explorers from all over The Triangle and beyond. A day-trip to Downtown Cary is the perfect...

Triangle Area is Home to 6 of North Carolina’s 31 Marathons in 2018

Wake County shares the title of "marathon capital of the state" with Guilford County over in The Piedmont Triad area. Both areas have four marathons this year after Wake owned a 6 – 4 edge last year. There still are six total Triangle area marathons, however, with the 2017 additions of the RDC Marathon in November in Durham and the Race Across Durham Trail Marathon in December. Wake County lost one of its most prominent marathons and appears to have...

Hey Runners! Here Are 5 of The Best Annual Races in Chapel Hill & Orange County Area

Whenever you decide to run a race in Chapel Hill, you should understand that there’s a good reason “hill” is part of the town’s name. Train for the hills ahead of your race or prepare to be overwhelmed by them in many cases. The same is true for the rest of Orange County's races and to a lesser extent in Carrboro. There are numerous 5K's over the course of the year that benefit UNC student groups and local Chapel Hill...

Marbles Kids Museum – Fun Downtown Raleigh Destination to Play & Discover

Marbles Kids Museum is an interactive children’s museum located in the heart of Downtown Raleigh. The museum features over 12 different interactive exhibits that are designed to be fun and educational at the same time. It is one of the most popular destinations for families with children in the state of North Carolina and has received national acclaim for its education through play programs and exhibits. Marbles Kids Museum delivers purposeful play in a big way. Children imagine, discover and...

Experience… “The Most Elegant, Immersive, Live Performance Venue in the Southeast”

The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts is the premier performing arts venue in all of Raleigh and one of the top in the entire Southeast. The center is well known for its outstanding venues and remarkable performances year-round. It hosts many events throughout the calendar year, including theater productions, symphonies, musicians, and speakers. The center has four concert and theater venues. They are the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, Meymandi Concert Hall, Fletcher Opera Theater, and Kennedy Theater. You will...

Raleigh’s Best Adventure Theme Parks & Entertainment Centers

Did you know there are three fun and exciting amusement parks located within the city limits of Raleigh, featuring tons of indoor and outdoor activities for kids of all ages? They are Galaxy Fun Park, Adventure Landing, and Frankie’s Fun Park. Activities at these family-friendly local entertainment complexes include bumper cars, miniature golf, laser tag, trampolines, arcades, batting cages and so much more. Next time you are looking for a fun family outing, keep it local. Less driving means more...

You Should Visit… “The Most Exciting and Spectacular Christmas Light Show in NC”

Over in Eastern Wake County, within the small picturesque downtown area of the town of Wendell, you will find the Lake Myra Christmas Lights. This popular homegrown Christmas lights show which is masterfully synchronized happens nightly and runs for about 45 mins. It features an advanced computerized light show with music and special effects, the very first of its kind in North Carolina and a local Wendell tradition for over 15+ years. The show is considered by many as one...

Raleigh’s Art Scene – Rundown of The Best Local Galleries & Events…

Though Raleigh and the Triangle metro area are mostly known for the many innovative businesses and leading universities that are located here, Raleigh also has a burgeoning art scene with something fun going on pretty much each and every day, which is why our city is gaining national attention and recognition all across the board. The local Raleigh arts community gets together often, and puts on many art-related events throughout the calendar year, such as the widely popular SPARKcon and...

Shop & Dine Local at the North Carolina State Farmers Market in Raleigh

One of the best reasons to live in Raleigh is the easy access to the freshest fruits, vegetables, poultry, seafood, beef, etc. We are a proud agricultural state. You can experience all of the wonderful local foods and wares North Carolina has to offer at the North Carolina State Farmers Market in the heart of Raleigh which is a year-round indoor/outdoor marketplace. Considered by many as one of the nation’s best and most modern farmers markets, here you will find the...

Get Out & Explore – Raleigh’s Flea Market at The Historic State Fairgrounds

The North Carolina State Fairgrounds is best known for the amazing NC State Fair that rolls into town every October. However, every weekend, the Fairgrounds transforms into an indoor/outdoor shopping mecca known as the Raleigh Flea Market. It is quite the attraction and consistently draws tens of thousands of visitors every weekend, rain or shine. Admission is always FREE! Since the early 1970's the Raleigh Flea Market has been solidly established as one of the Triangle’s top year-round tourist destinations,...

Rundown of The Red-Hot Local Sports Scene in Raleigh

When it comes to local sports in all of North Carolina, college basketball is probably king. March Madness turns to real life madness if you try to change the channel to something else at home or at the sports bar during a critical game of one of the home teams! Even though college basketball rules during the fall and winter months, Raleigh offers much more year-round in its diverse sports scene as far as fun and all-around entertainment go. Below...

Hey Runners! Here Are 5 of The Best Annual Races in Durham

If you are bullish on challenging races, the Bull City has hilly options virtually every weekend. Durham isn’t a destination city for racing if you are looking for a flat, PR type of event. But the race calendar is always full of beautiful courses that will definitely make the trip worthwhile, and most importantly fun and enjoyable. Here in Durham, there rarely is a weekend without some sort of 5K that benefits a charity, and many times you have a...

Hey Runners! Here Are Wake County’s 5 Best Annual Races

Unfortunately, some road racing traditions in Wake County has been lost over time. The Great Raleigh Road Race came to an end years ago and the Old Reliable Run is now much different and only one of the Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon’s companion races. But there are still plenty of race choices out there to enjoy, so many that the City of Raleigh limits the number of races each year to 95. Here is one runner’s opinion of the...

Visiting North Hills – What to See and Do on Your Day Trip

North Hills is known for its many elegant boutiques, spas, and restaurants, so it’s a fantastic destination for a deluxe day trip! The area is located right off of the Beltline (I-440) and is easily accessible from many parts of the Triangle. Go on your own or gather a few of your best friends together and indulge in a luxurious day of pampering, shopping, dining, and entertainment. Here’s our guide to planning the perfect North Hills Day Trip: Shopping In North Hills,...

Fun & Exciting Annual Events in North Hills

With all of its restaurants and boutiques, North Hills is a bevy of activity pretty much on any given day of the year. The area also plays host to many annual events where you’ll see North Hills residents and visitors alike enjoying music, food, drinks, and camaraderie! Many North Hills events are free and family friendly as well. Be sure to put these six North Hills annual events on your calendar for the upcoming year: Midtown Farmers Market From early April through...

Ready For a Date Night in North Hills?

Schedules are cleared. You booked your babysitter. You and your significant other FINALLY have time for a date night at North Hills... Yay!! North Hills really is the perfect spot for a date night in Raleigh because it has it all - fun activities, romantic restaurants, and even a 4-star hotel for an overnight date if you are simply not ready for your amazing evening to end. Here is our guide for planning the perfect North Hills Date Night: Activities North Hills...

Popular Live Entertainment Options in Downtown Raleigh

Going out in Downtown Raleigh isn’t just about eating and drinking at awesome bars and restaurants. We also love to be entertained by a local band, comedian or even a drag show on occasion... Downtown Raleigh offers live entertainment at a variety of venues to suit all tastes. Here are a few of our favorite spots: Deep South The Bar Deep South The Bar is one of those bars that you can always count on the be open in the evenings, even...

Historic City Market: Fun Destination in Downtown Raleigh

The history of Downtown Raleigh’s City Market dates back to 1914 when it opened as a central location for farmers to sell produce, meats and even home-baked goods. It was briefly closed in the late 50s and then leased to a furniture store owner. During the 1980s, City Market was recognized by the National Register of Historic Places and the City Market as we currently know it began to take shape! Today, Historic City Market is a go-to destination in...

Downtown Raleigh Parking Guide — Everything You Need to Know!

Parking can sometimes be a challenge in Downtown Raleigh or any other "Urban City Center." Parking options in the area include street parking in addition to public and private lots/decks with different price points. Luckily, Downtown Raleigh is a walkable destination and has many options for getting around, so once you park your car for the afternoon or evening, it’s unlikely that you will need to move it if you decide to head towards another part of downtown. Knowing what to...

Popular Free Cultural Attractions in Downtown Raleigh

Being low on cash doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun and enriching experience in Downtown Raleigh. Downtown Raleigh is home to a variety of popular museums and hosts tons of free festivals throughout the year. History buffs, science buffs and art fiends alike will find plenty of attractions and events to suit their tastes without any admission fees. These free Downtown Raleigh attractions provide extensive opportunities for education and entertainment all year-long. City of Raleigh Museum If you want to learn...

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Best Local Restaurants Serving Up Southern Style Comfort Food in Cary

Southern style food is always popular and has a growing high demand here in the Triangle area, especially as new-comers who relocate to North Carolina discover the tasty and comforting cuisine. Creamy mac and cheese, perfectly prepared BBQ and crispy fried chicken - these are just a few good examples of comfort foods that...

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