Lake Benson Park
This park is actually in Garner but it counts because Garner is a suburb of Raleigh and close enough to hit if you throw a stone to the south of Raleigh. It has several sheltered picnic areas, a jogging/hiking path, playgrounds for the kids, it's right on the lake and it has a nice rock garden where my wife and I staged our wedding ceremony. To get there you would take the Hammond Rd. exit off of I-40 and head south toward Garner. At the tenth traffic light, you will take a right on Aversboro Rd. Just past the Lutheran church you will see the park entrance on the left. Bring a blanket, a picnic, a frisbee, your dog, whatever. It's perfect on a nice day.
cafe luna is a very good cafe style italian restaurant located near moore square in downtown raleigh. good selection of tuscan inspired pasta, meat, and seafood dishes. a very good dinning value in downtown raleigh.
Small quiet casual corner with decent food
Its entrance is through a narrow wood stairs between 320 Glenwood Ave and a hair salon. It is a small quaint restaurant with two dining areas, one with a bar also considered 'smoking' area, the other bit away from the smoke. A table interestingly set at one of the door way between the two, so one person sits on this side of the wall, the other, other side.
Go there early, you may sit next to a window overlooking the trendy constantly changing Glenwood Ave (lined with many new restaurants now, from a warehouse kind of district years ago).
See others' review: http://triangle.citysearch.com/review/6179183/?cslink=cs_profile_tabs_user_review The menu is rather interesting.
You can have an appetizer with banana and peanut butter, an ABC sandwich includes Smith Apple, bacons, and power sugar on top of the sandwich roll.
The grilled eggplant sandwich layered with eggplant, tomato slice, grilled cheese on top, then chopped basil, rather freshing.
They also have grilled portebella mushroom sandwich etc.
If you want something spicy, try the chowder, otherwise artichok tomato soup is mild.
north carolina museum of history
the north carolina museum of history focuses on the history of north carolina and u. s. history. the museum has an interesting colleciton of civil war relics. the museum changes it's exhibits periodcally so this museum is worth visiting more than once. for those interested in american history the north carolina history museum is a very worth while place to visit in downtown raleigh.
b1bob goes to Raleigh
I have gone to Raleigh off and on throughout my life. Occasionally, Grandma would need to go to Crabtree Valley Mall and take me along because I was too little to stay home alone and I had no friends my own age with whom to stay.
On Saturday, 14 October 1978, my parents, Grandma Atkins and I went to the North Carolina State Fair. That was a fun time for this 9-year old kid.
Most recently, I passed through Raleigh on the way to and from my trip to Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. By far, Raleigh was the cheapest point from which to start the trip. Luckily, I have an old university friend who lives in the area. Gary generously offered to put me up for the night.