511 N. Judd Parkway NE
Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
Phone: (919) 557-2009
Fax: (919) 567-1448
If you're looking to enjoy the great outdoors while in Raleigh, definitely pay a visit to Lake Wheeler. You'll see people bringing their boats or renting boats for some leisurely fishing and cruising. Bring a picnic to enjoy on a boat or on land. Take a lovely stroll or jog on the winding trails in the park.
This is for all the nature lovers. The Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is among the few nature preserves of the state that has a distinct flora and fauna. Featuring shaded walking trails, boardwalks, a gift shop and the Stevens Nature Center, this scenic location is home to many mountain plant species, mammals, reptiles, birds, insects and amphibians. The nature center offers interactive exhibits which gives information about the natural history of Piedmont and also gives educational programs on the environment all through the year.
Lake Benson Park is a popular park in town. It is also home to the Lake Benson Boat House which is open for seasonal fishing and boating. Though the parkland features a lake, you cannot swim in it. This parkland consists of playgrounds, trails, picnic spots and open spaces for football games and kite flying. It also hosts town events like family movies and camping.
Explore the natural wonders of North Carolina, from the depths of its ocean to its rocky mountains. Complete with a 20-foot (6-meter) waterfall, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science has much to offer. See North Carolina as it was, in a re-creation of six prehistoric habitats. This is home to the only Acorcanthosaurus discovered in the world, and Willo, the first dinosaur found with a fossilized heart. The Discovery Room is full of interactive exhibits. Looking for that perfect gift? The Nature Gallery has original nature-themed artwork available. There is a restaurant on site. The general admission is free of charge. There is a cover charge for special exhibits. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult. The Discovery Room, Naturalist Center, and Living Conservatory remain closed on Mondays.
A delicious, guided, walking food tasting tour, sprinkled with historical tidbits of downtown Raleigh. Explore and discover a culinary perspective of downtown Raleigh that even an insider might not know. Tours are currently scheduled on a limited basis Saturdays at 2:30p and Thursdays at 9a. Meet ten minutes before on the porch of the Capital City Grocery in the Seaboard Station area, 10 West Franklin Street, Raleigh (tickets must be purchased in advance). See web site for available details. Triangle Food Tour is open on Thursdays from 9am and on Saturdays from 2.30pm.
Raleigh Country Club is one place that every golfer must visit. This 18-hole golf course is a dream come true for every golfer with its complex and strategically located holes. The Club has an excellent golf teaching facility which will help amateurs improve their skills. The Club also has a golf shop, restaurant and an aquatic facility. Available for weddings, banquets, as well as other events.
Clemmons Educational State Forest managed by the North Carolina Forest Service aims to provide ecological education through exhibits, self-guided trails and classes conducted by Rangers.
Steeped in history, the sprawling 5579-acre (2257-hectare) space that is William B. Umstead State Park, was originally an enchanting wilderness. Christened after the city governor as an ode to his dedication to conservation, the park was previously divided into Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek. Established in 1937, it is located within stumbling distance of Research Triangle Park, under the towering shadows of Raleigh and Durham. A great respite from mundane life, enjoy a plethora of recreational activities on offer. Take a horseback ride or bridle trail through lush flora of pines and hickory with scattered picnic spots and camping sites punctuating the landscape. Paddle across the lake in a rented rowboat or canoe, and fish out bass and bluegill. The picturesque getaway exudes tranquility and is a popular rejuvenating spot for locals.