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Old 03-08-2010, 10:07 AM
 
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We will be visiting Raleigh in August and would love suggestions on places to stay and things to do. We have four small children under the age of 5 and an au pair traveling with us. We're not loaded so price is a consideration, but safety is more concern. Any recommendations on places to stay that offer amenities for kids nearby? Parks? Swimming pools? Musuems? We are really into the outdoors and would love access to outdoor activities, although I'm sure it will be dog breath hot at the time we're there.....
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Old 03-08-2010, 12:41 PM
 
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The Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh is really good for young kids. It's 4 levels. My 2yo son is thrilled just riding the escalators up and down! lol The best part is it's free!

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Old 03-08-2010, 01:25 PM
 
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For a cheap good time for an hour or so with those kids, I'd stop by Triangle Town Center and let them run around the indoor play area. Kids LOVE it. All they do is run around and crawl over things. Your five-year-old might be too tall, but he or she could "help" the littler ones. It's free.

Then go to the food court and get them something that you wouldn't usually get them -- some kind of little McDonald's ice cream treat or something.

Make sure they have their swimsuits on under the clothes and have them run around the area outside of the food court that has the "dancing" water spray coming out of the cement. Again, the little kids LOVE it. They're fun to watch, too. Bring a few towels.

All that fun for the price of some McDonald's ice cream.

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Old 03-08-2010, 01:32 PM
 
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Pullen Park + Aquatic Center is a great public park for families. There's a nice play lot, a lake with paddle boats, a historic carousel, a kiddie train ride, picnic areas and carnival type refreshments. The pool is indoors and can be attended for a small fee.
The park is free but the train ride and carousel require a ticket. I don't think it's expensive though.
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Old 03-08-2010, 01:39 PM
 
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I like to stay at the Embassy Suites with kids. They have seperate bedrooms and a sitting area with a pullout. Mini fridge and microwave. Indoor pool. There is one in Cary on Harrison/West and N. Raleigh at Glenwood/Creedmoor.

August is hot. Indoor activities there are the malls. Triangle Town, Crabtree, and Southpoint. Museum of Life and Science (indoor and outdoor part). Marbles Museum. Monkey Joes playplace.

Outdoor activities. Pullen Park (my favorite). Zoo in Asheboro. Shelley Lake and Lake Lynn (not for swimming).
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Old 03-08-2010, 01:56 PM
 
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If you do want to swim, you can go to a public pool or take a drive out to Jordan Lake for a sand beach.
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Old 03-08-2010, 05:04 PM
 
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I agree that the Museum of Natural Science is great and the History museum is right beside it. We usually hit both if we go at all. Jordan lake has a "beach" that my kids love. You have to pay a $5 entrance fee to get into the campground, but totally worth it! The swim area is roped off and we always pack a big cooler, have a picnic and make a day of it. There are some great parks/playgrounds in Cary. I think it is called Kids Together park. It's big and has shade in lots of areas which is nice.
If you go to the zoo, be prepared for LOTS of walking, uphill both ways (ha ha). It is very spread out, and has lots of hills. It's great, but you'll get a workout.
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