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Old 04-08-2007, 06:53 AM
 
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Hi, we're coming down next weekend with our two kids (3 and 5) and I was wondering if you could help with any ideas of "must see" activities.

We're focusing on real estate in Chapel Hill, but I'd also love to visit downtown Raliegh because I love the way that it looks in the photos that some of you have posted. Particularly since reading the downtown Chapel Hill thread, I'm not as excited about checking out Franklin St.

I'm not so interested in museums, but more outdoor activities -- fun "main street" type places to stroll, good restaurants that are kid friendly (maybe some barbeque?), etc. Maybe even any local festivals that happen to be on the 14th or 15th? We'd really like to get a feel for the area, the culture, etc.

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 04-08-2007, 08:53 AM
 
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For outdoor activities with kids, try Pullen Park. It is near NC State and Downtown Raleigh. It has a little playground, train ride, paddle boats, and carousel.
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Old 04-10-2007, 06:56 PM
 
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The new "main street" sort of area seems to be becoming the Fayetteville St area (also called South Glenwood). The only thing is it can get pricey, but they have a fun museum for the kids... Exploris-- i used to go there as a kid and love it! i think its free, and all thats in downtown Raleigh.
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:27 PM
 
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Hi, we're coming down next weekend with our two kids (3 and 5) and I was wondering if you could help with any ideas of "must see" activities....I'm not so interested in museums, but more outdoor activities -- fun "main street" type places to stroll, good restaurants that are kid friendly (maybe some barbeque?), etc. Maybe even any local festivals that happen to be on the 14th or 15th? We'd really like to get a feel for the area, the culture, etc.

Thanks in advance!!
Hi Popcorn!

We're visiting the area this weekend as well. We'll be there from the 13th to the 17th. Maybe I'll see you around at the museums or probably at the SDs doing the house-hunting thing.

Good luck and have fun!
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Old 04-11-2007, 04:57 AM
 
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We will be visiting this weekend also. Actually arriving Sat aftenoon and leaving on Wed AM. Checking out SDs in Clayton area.
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:02 AM
 
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The new "main street" sort of area seems to be becoming the Fayetteville St area (also called South Glenwood). The only thing is it can get pricey, but they have a fun museum for the kids... Exploris-- i used to go there as a kid and love it! i think its free, and all thats in downtown Raleigh.
Exploris is not free.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science (also is Downtown Raleigh), is though.

Playspace Children's Museum in Raleigh is also a good bet for kids as young as yours.

UPDATE: Also found the following sites

NC Association of Festivals and Events Has listings of various festival and events through NC. No too much on it for this weekend.

Mellow Mushroom may be a fun place to take the kids--a pizza place on Peace Street in Raleigh and in the American Tobacco District in Durham.

Duke Gardens is a great place to take kids on Duke's campus in Durham.

Southpoint (http://www.streetsatsouthpoint.com/html/index10.asp - broken link) in Durham, although it is a shopping mall has a large outdoor "promenade" with fountains, sculptures, etc.

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Old 04-11-2007, 08:27 AM
 
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Make sure you hammer out a distinct list of restaurants. Nothing is more frustrating than wasting your vacation/trip time searching out a place to eat. Then only to find it sucks.
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Old 04-11-2007, 08:28 AM
 
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In Chapel Hill, Carrboro probably has the "kid friendly" atmosphere that you are looking for, as opposed to Franklin street. Check out the farmers market, which has a small playground, on Saturday morning. Weaver Street market has bands on Sunday morning on the lawn, although I do not know if they have started yet. At any rate, if the weather is nice, lots of families will be eating all day long on the lawn during the weekend.

In Chapel Hill, the community center park on Estes road is great. Over in Durham, we love the museum of Life and Science (if you go, you may as well sign up for your membership now, $50 a year gets two adults and I think at least 2 kids unlimited visits). Lots of good kid friendly exhibits (our 20 month old has a blast), plus a farm animal petting zoo, huge butterfly house, lemurs and bears.
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