North Carolina State Capital: Raleigh
Raleigh, North Carolina was named in commemoration of the capital of Sir Walter Raleigh’s planned colony, “Cittie of Raleigh,” which was founded in 1587 and mysteriously disappeared a few short years later. Today, the lost town is known as the Lost Colony at Roanoke.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences: This is a fantastic place to take the kids! Besides all the interesting exhibits they also have three hand on interactive labs where kids can become real scientist operating microscopes and working with pipettes or touching animal pelts and skulls. There is more to see and do than can be done in one day. This museum exhibits forms of life from life under ground to life in the mountains. Some of the exhibits most like are the razor teeth of a white shark, gemstone collection, fish tank with a humpback guppy, and whale fossils. It takes most people about 4 hours to go through the entire museum because there are a lot of hands-on activities like the Lab. The butterfly exhibit was very cool! Those that love dinosaurs will enjoy the dinosaur exhibit. Everyone was very friendly. The Planet Cafe that is attached to the museum have great choices with a lot of different options for the entire family! TravelKatz does suggest taking cash. The museum is free but donation are accepted and they don’t take credit for donations.
Marbles Kids Museum: Best place in Raleigh to take kids under 10 years old! Interactive and educational play, arts and crafts, and more! This is a very SAFE play-place for children of all ages. Little tykes can play dress-up, be actors on stage, ride in an ambulance, pretend you are a police office, nurse, train engineer, postal worker or a scientist. You can play with ducks in the water, climb mountains and play in a castle.
Pullen Park: What a beautiful park! Ride the carousel or the train, rent a paddleboat or just watch the children having fun! The park is large enough for a leisurely walk as well. The historic Carousel and train ride top the list. But, there are excellent playgrounds appropriate for different ages and kiddy boat rides, too. Food & snacks are available.
North Carolina Museum of History: The museum is full on interesting and interactive exhibits from the history of NC to sports history, the American Revolution, WWI, the Wright Brothers glider and other great time periods. It is right downtown, close to other museums and attractions and a great place to learn more about North Carolina! Much like the science museum it’s very interactive with a lot of quick videos illustrating the history of the state. In addition to local history they also had a WWI exhibit that was fantastic. On the third floor is the North Carolina Sports History and a photo exhibit of Civil Rights March to Montgomery. The museum is free, but a donation is appreciated.
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts: The Duke center is a very easy to access venue. Parking directly across the street. Shuttle for those with difficulty walking. Small enough to see well from any location. The theater and Music hall venues at this location are varied and always well done. Small enough that it there could not be a bad seat in the place. The seating is very comfortable, the staff pleasant and helpful. Overall, a great experience is to be had.
Neuse River Trail: Using the Paddle Creek kayak rentals to travel down the Neuse makes for a Beautiful day, effortless drop off and picked up. As for walking or biking, it is very scenic as it winds along the Neuse River. There are benches for sitting if you get tired! Great place to get out and enjoy nature! from Falls Dam trailhead to the Millburnie Dam and back is truly is a great, easy ride.
Triangle Glides: Great for families with children 14 yrs. old and older or just adults. Very thorough training before site seeing. Had an awesome day to tour. Allow pictures on the tour as well. Great way to see things downtown. Top notch guides and love the head sets for hearing things.
Historic Yates Mill County Park: It was established around 1756 and is the county’s only remaining water-powered gristmill. It operated for more than 200 years…grinding corn and wheat into meal and flour…sawing logs into lumber and carding wood. There’s a nice path around the pond as well. Don’t miss the museum before heading out to look at the mill.
To get to Raleigh, it is an easy flight from Tampa to Raleigh-Durham airport. Just give TravelKatz a call or visit our website @ travelkatz.com and contact us that way. We are here to help.
Take a trip to the North Carolina shore and see the…
Bodie Island Lighthouse at the Outer Banks, North Carolina
If any place needed a few good lighthouses, this is it. Long ago given the sinister nickname the ‘Graveyard of the Atlantic,’ the slender line of barrier islands and marshy peninsulas that make up North Carolina’s Outer Banks is tricky to navigate even in mild weather. During storms and at night, these waters are positively hazardous. While modern navigational aids such as radar and satellite GPS now keep mariners on course, the historical importance—and sheer physical beauty—of the Outer Banks lighthouses is undeniable.
The Bodie Island light is arguably the most fascinating: Recently restored, the structure is one of only a handful of tall brick tower lighthouses left in the United States. Its first-order Fresnel lens is said to be visible 20 miles out at sea. In daylight hours, we’re guessing one could spot that bold black and white banding from almost as far.
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