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Old 10-21-2010, 07:29 PM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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Default Free NC State Fair Parking

Anyone know were I can park for free at the fair? I read that there is free parking at Carter Finely Stadium. Is that within walking distance to the fair? If not, do they provide shuttles? We have a two year old and a stroller so we don't want it to be too long of a walk, or a packed shuttle bus.
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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That is considered walking distance! There are no shuttles other than the park and ride bus. Make sure you take a stroller and a good pair of walking shoes. It can be a hike.
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:25 PM
 
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I noticed that you are in Apex? If you drive to Cary you can get the CAT bus for $4 round trip per adult at the soccer park. They drop you right off at the Fair at Gate 1. When you are done, you get the CAT back to Cary from Gate 1 and ride back to your car.... we did it Monday afternoon and it was well worth it!

http://www.ncstatefair.org/2010/General/GetToFair.htm (broken link)
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:32 PM
 
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We drive down Trinity , park at Carter Finley and enter Gate 8 of the fair.
It isn't really a long walk . You come in by the lake & gristmill .
I saw lots of toddlers in wagons this year which
seemed to work well. I wonder if they are easier on the gravel areas that strollers.
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:54 PM
 
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There was actually a van in the Carter Finley lot offering rides for $1 but it's an easy walk. If you can leave the stroller though and wear some sort of backpack you'll have a much easier time navigating the crowds.
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:03 PM
 
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We parked at Carter Finley. We had to park there for overflow handicap parking because my Mom is on oxygen. It was a long walk for her and the kids. I would have preferred to ride the bus to the fair.
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:02 PM
 
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I haven't been this year, but in years past, if you parked on the back side of Carter Finley or at RBC, they had free trams that would pick you up and drop you off at the front entrance of Carter Finley. You then just had to cross the street. Are they not doing that this year?
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Old 10-22-2010, 01:01 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Having been last ngiht and taken one of those shuttle buses, I'd say consider one of those, as they are not "packed". They left when it filled up, no "standing room", and there were a couple of mothers with strollers on our bus. It was SO convenient and they run very frequently. It did cost $4 a person, but that's to be dropped off right at the door and not have to walk long ways through traffic. I think you'd find it worth it, especially on the way home if you kids were starting to get tired and cranky.
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Old 10-23-2010, 03:33 PM
 
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Having been last ngiht and taken one of those shuttle buses, I'd say consider one of those, as they are not "packed". They left when it filled up, no "standing room", and there were a couple of mothers with strollers on our bus. It was SO convenient and they run very frequently. It did cost $4 a person, but that's to be dropped off right at the door and not have to walk long ways through traffic. I think you'd find it worth it, especially on the way home if you kids were starting to get tired and cranky.
The North Raleigh shuttle was great.Came back a second day to enjoy more exhibits.
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:34 PM
 
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We took the shuttle from Cary (WakeMed Soccer Park) and it was excellent. Parking was simple and the bus was not crowded at all. I recommend it highly!
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