For a great afternoon stroll, check out Lake Lynn in North Raleigh. The park, part of the Capital Area Greenway, includes a 2.5-mile loop around the lake. And it's a scenic walk. Besides the beautiful lake, there are many creatures that call the lake home, including ducks, geese, herons, turtles (snapping and painted), beavers, deer, and more. Bring the kids and some old bread to feed the ducks and geese. And you may be surprised to see some hungry deer come out of the woods for bread with almost no fear of humans. Spring is a great time to come and see the babies - ducklings, goslings, and even some baby turtles swimming around in the lake.
JC Raulston Arboretum is a research and teaching gardens associated with NC State University. But the gardens are open to the public and free of charge. The focus of the gardens are plants that do well in the North Carolina Piedmont conditions, and so many of the species seen here may someday be seen at a nursery or plant shop. They also have educational programs for children and adults. And don't forget to bring the camera - they are some wonderful photo opportunities.
The North Carolina Museum of Art is located in Raleigh near the intersection of Wade Avenue and Blue Ridge Road. The museum houses a large permanent collection, including American, European, Egyptian, African, and modern pieces. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum hosts special exhibitions. I recently went to the Rembrandt in America exhibit, which was excellent. They have also had great exhibits in the past with Monet, Normal Rockwell, and Matisse. Surrounding the two buildings is a 164-acre park with paved and unpaved trails. Throughout the trails are works of art that showcase the intersection of nature and art.
William B. Umstead State Park is an urban oasis, a state park nestled in between Raleigh, Cary, and RDU airport. With more than 20 miles of trails, Umstead is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. From the Crabtree Creek entrance off Glenwood Avenue (US-70), there is the visitor center, the boat house, picnic areas, and four trails - Sal's Branch (2.75 mi), Oak Rock (0.6 mi), Pott's Branch (1.25 mi), and Sycamore (7.2 mi). From the Reedy Creek entrance off Harrison Avenue in Cary, there are picnic areas and three trails - Inspiration (0.3 mi), Company Mill (5.8 mi), and Loblolly (2.7 mi). Many of the trails run along streams for scenic views while walking and there is always a chance to spot wildlife, including deer, beavers, turtles, and more.
Haywood Hall House was built, federalstyle, in 1799. It is one of the oldest original residences within the original Raleigh city. This house museum contains family portraits, original furnishing, and dolls collection.
This is the official residence of North Carolina's governor. It was completed in 1891, using prison labor. With a brick exterior, sandstone trim, and hardwood interior, it is one of the city's most distinctive homes. For information on public tours, go to the web site below.
Carousel Farms offers family entertainment. There is something for everyone. From action packed professional bull riding to beautiful fast paced barrel racers. You have a chance to get up and personal with some of the best cowboys and cowgirls on the east coast. Carousel Farms is sanctioned by the Southern Extreme Bull Riding Associtation and features many rising stars in the PBR as well as well known veterans of the sport.
Jeff Mullen has contracted with some of the best rodeo stock contractors around. Many of the bulls used at Carousel Farms have seen the lights of Las Vegas in the PBR World Finals. The event features some of the best bull fighters in the business and is annouced by none other than Carson Davis. Be sure to watch Jeff handle dangerous bulls using is specially trained stock dogs
If you want to experience bull riding without the danger of being stomped, Carousel Farms has it's own mechanical bucking bull. Be sure to get a photo of you riding the realistic animal.
Carousel Farms always has lots of great food availiable, the smell of fresh grilled hamburgers and finger licking good barbeque fills the air. Top it off with some homemade ice cream.
The event attracts an average of one thousand energetic fans each week. Special weekend events might have over seven thousand in attendence.
Check out the action at Carousel Farms on Tuesday night... It's the hottest thing in Raleigh!!!
This beautiful garden lies in the heart of the Duke campus, encompassing 55 acres adjacent to Duke University Medical Center. Within the confines of the Sarah Duke Gardens, you can find a variety of lavishly appointed gardens, including an Asian garden, as well as a tulip center. For most of the year, the garden is bursting with all sorts of flowers, shades of the entire rainbow. Just wander through the boughs of wisteria, through gazebos and across duck ponds. It is a perfect place to spend a day relaxing, step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the beauty therein. The garden is free as well.
the north carolina museum of natural sciences has exhibits on the ecology and natural history of north carolina. the museum also has dinosaur fossils, a mineral and gem exhibit, an arthropod zoo, and a butterfly conservatory. this interesting museum is a great place to take children when in downtown raleigh.
city market is located on moore square in downtown raleigh. city market was founded in 1914. today city market is a collection of art galleries, shops, and restaurants. a interesting place to visit for those interested in architecture, dining, and shopping.
this monument honors general and president andrew jackson. jackson was a hero in the battle of new orleans during the war of 1812, the territorial governor of florida, and the 7 th president of the united states. this monument also honors presidents james k. polk and andrew johnson who were also residents of north carolina.
the raleigh federal building was the first federal government project after the civil war in the south. this beautiful second empire building was built in 1878. the federal building was designed by architect alfred b. mullett who also designed the executive office building across the street from the white house in washington d. c. the raleigh federal building is listed on the national register of historic places.
st. mary's college is the oldest continously operating school in north carolina. st. mary's was founded as a school for girls in 1842. during the civil war confederate general robert e. lee's daughter attended st. mary's. in 1862 mrs. jefferson davis and her daughter lived at st. mary's. this beautiful antebellum campus is listed on the national register of historic places
pictured is the memorial bell tower on the campus of north carolina state university. this 115 foot tower is a blend of romanesque and gothic architectural elements. the tower was designed by architect william h. deacy. construction of the tower began in 1924 in honor of n. c. state alumni that died in world war I. construction of the tower was halted during the great depression and was not completed until 1937. for those interested in architecture the n. c. state campus has an excellent collection of architectually significant buildings. for ACC college football fans a north carolina state football game is a fun thing to do in the fall.
the north carolina state archives collects and preserves historical documents and photographs that relate to the history of north carolina. the search room is open to the public to examine historical documents for research purposes. the north carolina state archives is an excellent place to visit for serious students of north carolina history.