Things to Do in Raleigh


Local Attractions

Greater Raleigh is often dubbed the “Smithsonian of the South” for its more than 40 free attractions, and the high quality of Raleigh’s museums certainly adds merit to that distinction. Discover your inner Creative Genius by planning a visit around a blockbuster art exhibition or by exploring one of the country’s largest collections of Rodin sculptures at the North Carolina Museum of Art and the state’s only non-collecting Contemporary Art Museum (CAM Raleigh) while you’re here.

Take time to visit the Nature Research Center, a new wing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, recognizable by its three-story, multimedia globe called the Daily Planet.

Many of the area’s museums are free, and no matter if your interests skew toward Renaissance art, interactive exhibits, or research and fossils, the Raleigh area has got it covered. Make sure to take a look at Visit Raleigh’s calendar of events for special events and exhibitions.

Video by the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau


  • 11 W. Jones St.
  • Raleigh, NC27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.707.9800
  • Toll-Free: 877.462.8724

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is the largest museum of its kind in the Southeast. Through our exhibits, programs and field experiences, we provide visitors with opportunities to get up close and personal with science and nature.

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  • 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.834.4040

Delivering purposeful play in a big way, Marbles allows children to imagine, discover and learn in dozens of interactive exhibits, daily educational programs, field trips, birthday parties, special events and giant-screen IMAX films. Kids connect, communicate, create and learn through extraordinary adventures in play. For children ages one to 11, and adults. $5 admission, children under one and members play free. Hours: Mon., 9am-noon; Tues.-Sun., 9am-5pm (open until 7pm every Thur. and on First Friday).

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  • 220 Wolfe St., Moore Square, Raleigh, NC27601
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Phone: 919.821.8023

Experience historic City Market, home to art galleries, restaurants and specialty shops. The original cobblestone streets are lit by lamps and filled with 19th-century charm. Individual business hours vary.


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