Explore Raleigh for Less
Discover adventure and amazement in Raleigh on a dime
Sometimes traveling can cost you a pretty penny, but in Raleigh you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank.
This museum's history began in 1924, when the North Carolina State Art Society was formed. The North Carolina Museum of Art serves the people of Raleigh and all visitors as a premier destination for compelling encounters with art. Its mission is to generate interest in creating an art museum for the state.
Address: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607
From live snakes and arthropods to exploring outer space, The North Carolina Museum of Natural Science is full of astonishing discoveries. This museum not only features numerous exhibits but it also has live animals and research labs. Although general admission is free, donations are appreciated (their suggested donation is $1).
Address: 11 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Discover how the capital of North Carolina came to be at the City of Raleigh Museum. Current exhibits include Let Us March On: Raleigh’s Journey Towards Civil Rights and The People’s Politics: Local Democracy in Raleigh. Make sure to visit the R3: Raleigh Then, Raleigh Now, Raleigh Next to explore the city’s rich history as well as unique artifacts. General admission to this museum is free!!
Address: 220 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601
William B. Umstead State Park is full of stunning scenery along with three lakes, hiking trails, fishing and relaxing. Canoe and rowboat rentals are also available at the largest lake in the park, Big Lake. Don’t forget to bring some snacks or lunch so you can enjoy a picnic.
Address: 8801 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617
A train ride, a carousel and pedal boats are just a few of the activities you will find at Pullen Park. This family-friendly park features multiple playgrounds, even one designed for preschoolers. If you get hungry while playing in the park, make sure to check out Pullen Place Café to get some seasonal treats.
Address: 520 Ashe Ave, Raleigh, NC 27606
3Good Eats on a Budget
Founded in the great state of North Carolina, Krispy Kreme is a must visit. These hot, sweet doughnuts come in a variety of flavors such as cinnamon sugar, chocolate iced with sprinkles and maple ice glazed. For the perfect treat, grab a specialty coffee to pair with your doughnut.
You can’t visit North Carolina and not get barbecue. Try a brisket sandwich at Clyde Cooper’s Barbecue and pair it with their potato salad or get a hand-chopped BBQ pork plate at Ole Time Barbeque.
Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque: 327 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601
Ole Time Barbecue: 6309 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27606
Chomp down on a mouthwatering, chargrilled burger at Char Grill USA. These burgers are not only delicious but they are also nationally recognized. USA Today named this burger joint 51 Great Burger Joints and they were voted best hamburger by AOL’s City Guide. Char Grill USA also serves milkshakes, fries and a BBQ sandwich.
Address: 618 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603Whatever restaurant you choose to visit, you will not regret it.