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Sometimes traveling can cost you a pretty penny, but you can discover all the amazing things Raleigh has to offer without breaking the bank.

  1. The Museums

    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. Exhibits are constantantly refreshed so there is guaranteed to be something interesting to take a look at while there. Make sure to visit the R3: Raleigh Then, Raleigh Now, Raleigh Next to explore the city’s rich history as well as unique artifacts that are significant to the city. General admission to this museum is free!

    Address: 220 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

  2. Picturesque Parks

    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

  3. Good 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 Barbecue:  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 picked this burger joint in 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 27603

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